It is Halloween at the end of next week, but as we will be enjoying our half term holiday, we have had fun with it over this last (very busy!) week…


Halloween Phonics Fun

We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme in school and are enjoying activities from Phase One. ‘Silly Soup’ is a favourite and so it seemed obvious to make a silly soup that a witch might enjoy…

Halloween Phonics Game - 'Silly Soup'... from Rachel (",)

Of course, after we had played the phonics game the children enjoyed creating spells & stew…

Halloween Phonics Game - 'Silly Soup'... from Rachel (",)


Finger Gym

They loved using the tweezers (& their fingers!) to explore the spooky resources…

Halloween Finger Gym fun from Rachel (",)

We also had fun using tweezers to pick out the orange nuggets…

Using tweezers to pick out the orange nuggets - from Rachel (",)


Spooky Maths Opportunities

As well as resources to explore in the maths area, I provided some other invitations to learn too…

Spooky maths opportunities from Rachel (",)

Plastic, wooden & ceramic pumpkins…

Playing with pumpkin manipulatives... the provocation - from Rachel (",)

Playing with pumpkin manipulatives - from Rachel (",)

Butter Bean Ghosts

I made these last year (with butter beans & a permanent marker) after seeing the idea on Pinterest. They are great as a counting manipulative.

Counting butter bean ghosts onto the numbered dark night sky - from Rachel (",)

Pumpkin Seeds & Numbered Pumpkins

Another resource I made last year…

Counting pumpkin seeds onto numbered pumpkin shapes... with FREE printable pumpkins - from Rachel (",)

If you wish a copy of the pumpkins, you can download them here (I drew the pumpkins so please don’t expect anything super professional!) – there are some blank ones at the end in case you wish to add higher numbers or letters (or whatever!):

Free printableNumbered pumpkins from Rachel (“,)


Water Tray

Last year we had this ‘spooky ice’ in the water tray, but our freezer isn’t working at the moment, so no ice for us this time!

Spooky Ice from Rachel (",)

I’ve done something similar to this before, but this time I added ghosts as well as monsters. The ghosts are just cut out of milk cartons & have eyes & a mouth drawn on with a permanent maker. I got this idea from Pinterest last year too 😉

Spooky water from Rachel (",)

We also enjoyed Gelli Baff – such a fabulous sensory experience! We pretended it was bat’s blood…

Sensory 'bat's blood' (Geli Baff) in the water tray - from Rachel (",)

Sensory 'bat's blood' (Geli Baff) in the water tray - from Rachel (",)


Lightbox Fun

A couple of activities this week…

Designing Pumpkin Faces

I first saw this idea on Teaching Mama here. I made my pumpkins with laminated cellophane & then my Teaching Assistant made the parts for the face – just black poster paper was used for this…

Designing pumpkins on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

Spider Counting Game

This simple game was easy to make – I drew webs onto sheets of acetate & added a bowl of spiders, some tweezers (for those who needed an extra challenge) & a dice. The idea of the game was to roll the dice & add the correct number of spiders to the web…

Spiderwebs & spiders dice game - from Rachel (",)

The following happened as a result of a couple of girls taking the ghosts from the water tray to the lightbox. I provided a couple of dice so that they could play a counting game…

Ghost dice game on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)


Magic Potions

The classic bicarbonate soda & food colouring/vinegar mix. They loved the fizzing potions!!

Ingredients for spooky potions... from Rachel (",)

Fizzy potions from Rachel (",)


Halloween Dough

We had three types of dough this week! The first was with a pumpkin funny faces kit found cheaply in a supermarket…

Pumpkin dough with a Funny Faces kit - from Rachel (",)

The pumpkin dough was inspired by I Heart Crafty Things

Pumpkin dough - from Rachel (",)

… and the spider dough was inspired by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Spider dough - from Rachel (",)


Halloween Sensory Fun

We had a few sensory experiences to explore (as well as the Gelli Baff in the water tray)…

Shaving Foam & Spiders

Removing the spiders with tweezers was great fun – & fab for working on fine-motor development too!

Fine motor fun with spiders and shaving foam - from Rachel (",)

Halloween Sensory Bowl

Halloween sensory bowl - from Rachel (",)

The children enjoyed generally exploring the items in here, but we also had some (directed) maths fun…

Number work with the Halloween sensory bowl - from Rachel (",)

Gloopy Bugs

The children loved assisting with the mixing of cornflour & water to create gloop – & exploring it was even better!

Gloopy bugs - from Rachel (",)


Witchy World

This is a continuation of last week’s woodland as the children were still playing imaginatively with it. I added in snakes & a witch / wizard to give it a ‘spooky’ feel. Winnie the Witch crept in too…

Witchy World - from Rachel (",)


This is an idea I got from Pinterest aaaages ago & I’ve prepared satsumas like this for our visiting trick-or-treaters at home for the last two or three years. They would be great for snack at school too…

Pumpkin Satsumas - from Rachel (",)


Winnie the Witch - from Rachel (",)


Thanks for reading!

– Rachel (“,)

Bugs in sand - from Rachel (",)


  1. Your ideas and presentation are totally inspiring as always! Happy half term.

    • Thank you so much, Alison! (“,)

  2. Thanks for sharing your FAB ideas!

    • You are very welcome, Gill 😀

  3. Thank you for sharing, your children have probably had a lovely week exploring. Your resources are always so engaging, cant wait to start saving resources for next year.

    • Thanks Sara! Have fun in the sales! 😉

    • Thanks Emma! (“,)

  4. Your ideas are always fantastic! I want to come and play in your classroom!!!!

    • Oh thank you, Jenna! 😀 x

  5. Such fantastic ideas, I am so excited about trying them! I just wanted to ask a couple of questions about the Gelli baff. I have bought some and wondered a) if you used a whole packet, I will make it in an underbed storage container, and b) if it lasted for a couple of days? I am planning to do the activity for my minded children on Friday and then have been asked to provide a Hallowe’en sensory activity for the following day. I don’t know if I should get another pack or if one will be enough for the 2 sessions. Thank you 🙂 xx

    • We used one packet in the water tray (which is bigger than an under-bed storage box) & it lasted for the whole week, Melanie. They LOVED it!! The more water you add, the ‘thinner’ it will be. We liked it quite thick though – it’s more jelly-like that way 🙂

      • Thank you so much for your quick reply! That’s brilliant, I won’t buy more (quite expensive!). I can’t wait to get started on all these brilliant ideas, very excited! 🙂 xx

        • Hope you have fun! 😀 xx

  6. Hi Rachel.

    I simply love everything! You are so creative!

    Where oh where do you get all the tiny plastic pumpkins and ghosts and things from?


    • They were from eBay, Hannah. Most of the pumpkins were beads on Halloween necklaces (I just cut them up).
      For the other bits, search acrylic (or plastic) pumpkins etc
      Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂

  7. Have you used lentils in your tuff tray? Thank you

    • I have indeed:-)


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