1-2-3 Come Play Some Halloween-Themed Games With Me!
As a child I loved drawing haunted houses and spooky things at Halloween. The first and only art contest I ever won was a picture of a witch riding her broom past a crescent moon. I was in 4th grade and thrilled! One of the things that really pops out at you when you're looking at a haunted house is all of the broken and shuttered windows.
I thought it would be fun to make the windows look like the 6 standard 2D shapes. To play the Spooky Windows game, print, laminate and trim the haunted houses. Run off the shapes on a variety of colors of construction paper.
Keep each set in its own Ziploc Snack Baggie and attach with a paperclip to one of the Spooky Windows haunted house mats. Children place the shape cut outs onto the matching spooky window.
You can also play this as a game. Children choose a partner and spin the spooky shape spinner. Whatever shape they land on, they say the name of the shape and place it on their haunted house. The 1st one to match all of the shapes on their house, is the winner.
I've also made the Spooky Windows into a dice game. Here students choose a partner and take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll, they color in 1 matching numbered window and identify the shape. The 1st child with all of their windows filled in, or the one with the most filled in when the timer rings, is the winner.
By having students play with the color spinner, you can also review colors. Whatever shape they land on, they color the matching shape window that color. Afterwards, little ones can color their haunted house. Challenge older students to only color the rectangles. How many did they color?
Also in this packet is a Spooky Windows shape sorting mat. I found that after awhile, most of my Y5's readily identified the various shapes, but when I asked them to find that shape in the world around them, many had difficulty.
i.e. I could show them the shape of a rectangle and they'd say "That's a rectangle." but when I asked them to name something in the classroom that was a rectangle, some of them had difficulty doing so.
Because of this, I also like to design shape activities using pictures of things representing the various shapes, so children can sort them. Print off the shape pictures, trim and keep each set in a separate Snack Baggie. Children can work independently or against a partner to sort the shapes. Turn it into a game, and have students spin the spinner in order to be able to place that shape on their mat.
Another fun way to review shapes with the haunted house, is via a little ghost puppet. Print and laminate the haunted house, trim and cut out the windows. Using an Exacto-knife, I cut out the circle and oval windows completely.
I cut the other shape windows, so that one side was left un-cut, to act as a hinge. You can fold the windows open, or leave them shut, so your students can better see the shape as your ghost puppet pops through it.
Hold the house up in front of you. Manipulate a white ghost (Popsicle stick) through a window or simply have the ghost peek behind the window.
Students call out the shape of the window the ghost is peeking out of.
You can also make a ghost finger puppet by cutting off a “finger” of a white glove, and gluing on 2 wiggle eyes. Use rubber gloves for an eerie transparent look. I experimented with dotting eyes on with a black marker as well as using puffy paint.
I personally like how the ghosts with wiggle eyes turned out. You decide which you like best. Because these are really quick, easy and inexpensive to make, you could set this up as a center and have your students each make one.
Finally, I've included a card game called "Shapely Haunted Houses". These are cards with a shape on them that can be matched to the shape, or shape word cards for a Memory Match or "I have; Who has?" game.
All of these games and "craftivities" are included in the Spooky Windows packet. Click on the link to view/download it.
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