I had a hard time labeling this Halloween reading activity because every child has his or her own road map to reading. My daughter is at the part of her journey where matching pictures and words are fun because she can immediately match up the first sound and then with the help of the picture sound out the remaining sounds in the word. This may be where your child is at, or maybe not. You can easily adjust this as a color match game, put uppercase letters in the house and give your child lowercase letters… the ideas are endless. I love using holidays to spark extra excitement for literacy activities like this and trust me it worked, she was super excited about this haunted house.
Gather your materials. You will need this printable <— click on this for the printable, some orange paper, a paper house from Micheal’s ( it’s in stores as I write this post in October), a marker, and scissors.
Start by writing out the words on the orange paper.
Print out the printable and cut into pieces that fit into the rooms of the haunted house. You can laminate it if you are lucky enough to have a laminator! PS I am jealous.
Invite your word detective and have fun with the haunted house.
She paused at spider and skeleton and had to really think she slowed down and slowly said spider exclaiming to me that the next letter HAD to be p. Other than that she flew through this, which tells me I could move on to something more challenging pretty soon, but with full day kindergarten so new I won’t push anything quite yet.
How do you think YOU would use this idea?
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My daughter loves hunts so I plan to hide the pictures and words around the room and let her search and match them. I might put them in the sensory bin too but I already printed on regular paper and cardstock would probably be better for that. I think she’ll be very happy when she wakes from nap. 😉 (Yes, my 5 yr old still naps! So we’re homeschooling PreK this year so her body can mature to all day K next year.)
Allison McDonald says
Oh I LOVE this adaptation!!