I have a slight obsession with dry-erase these days. It makes sense though, dry erase projects allow children independence and a less frustrating experience if they are unhappy with what they’ve written or drawn. For our house, this is a godsend. My son is a reluctant drawer and writer. He will look at me and say “I’ll just do abstract!” and part of that is because he is also a perfectionist and it’s frustrating when things aren’t as neat as he wants them to be. The design your own jack o lantern helps him explore in abstract or not.
- Gather your materials. You will need some orange and green card stock, a hard piece of cardboard or canvas , scissors and some clear contact paper.
- Start by drawing a basic pumpkin shape on your orange paper.
- Cut it and a green stem out and place on your canvas. cardboard.
- Cover with clear contact paper.
- Design your own Jack o lantern. I made the faces to show readers all the possibilities for teaching about emotion with this craft.
- My son just created, the tricky thing about dry erase is his creations were gone before I could get pictures!
Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming is a wonderful Halloween book for kids who are old enough to feel like Halloween is a spooky night, but still too young for anything graphically frightening. The text is short but rhymes beautifully and grabs your child’s attention almost as effectively as the illustrations do. The story is all about Halloween night and the sights and sounds on one street as the night goes on. Both my kids have been grabbing for this book off our shelf when I ask which book they want to read. If it can be a favorite for an almost 5-year-old boy and a 15-month-old girl I say it will probably be a hit at your house too.
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is a staple in most preschool classrooms. It’s a cute story about a witch who is desperate for pumpkin pie but her giant pumpkin is too big for her to pick up! Luckily she enlists the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy, and bat and with a little teamwork, they save the night! The rhyming text is almost like a song and kids love it! It’s possibly my son’s favorite Halloween book and I love that it’s the smallest creature that uses its brain not brawn to solve the problem.
Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat is a great alphabet book and story in one. Readers follow a pumpkin patch from planting the seeds until after Halloween when they gather the seeds for the next planting. I really like how this book combines an alphabet book with both upper and lowercase letters corresponding to some animal or insect in the story. I also like the easy rhythm of the rhyming text and the engaging and detailed illustrations. All in all, I think this is a great fall book!