Spooky! Spooky!

Spooky! Spooky!

A spooky week, this week. We would normally enjoy Halloween-related activities after the ‘event’, but the children started talking about this when looking at these pumpkins last week…

Autumnal treasures ready to explore from Rachel (",)

I’m also not in school for most of the week after Halloween, & I didn’t want the children to miss out on some lovely opportunities. Here are some of the activities we’ve enjoyed…


Winnie the Witch Small World Play

Winnie the Witch small world play from Rachel (",)


Spiders on the Light Panel

The first time we’ve enjoyed its colour-changing feature – they loved that it was ‘orange’ this week. Fine motor work with tweezers, spiders & silicone cake cases…

Fine motor work on the light panel from Rachel (",)


Pumpkin Faces on the OHP

I made this laminated cellophane pumpkin last year – it was just as popular this time round…

Laminated cellophane pumpkin on the OHP from Rachel (",)


Discovery & Exploration

Playing with Bones

'Bones' play from Rachel (",)

Exploring Pumpkins…

Pumpkin ready to explore from Rachel (",)

Exploring pumpkins from Rachel (",)

Coloured Vinegar & Bicarbonate Soda Potions

Making potions with coloured vinegar and bicarbonate soda from Rachel (",)

Removing Sunflower Seeds with Tweezers

Not spooky, but the sunflowers were dying…

Removing sunflower seeds with tweezers from Rachel (",)


Maths Opportunities

Counting & Sorting

Spooky counting and sorting from Rachel (",)

Spooky counting and sorting from Rachel (",)

Counting, Number Recognition & Mark Making

Number recognition, counting and mark making from Rachel (",)

Tens Frames

– with pumpkins…

Pumpkin tens frames (free printable) from Rachel (",)

– with spiders…

Spiders tens frames (free printable) from Rachel (",)

– and blank…

Blank tens frames (free printable) from Rachel (",)

You can download a copy of the different Tens Frames here:

Pumpkins: Tens Frames filled in with pumpkins – from Rachel (“,)

Spiders: Tens Frames filled in with spiders – from Rachel (“,)

Blank: Blank Tens Frames from Rachel (“,)

Pumpkin Game

Pumpkin game (free printable) from Rachel (",)

You can download a copy of the Pumpkin Game here: Pumpkin Game from Rachel (“,)

Counting Ghost Stones

(I just used a Sharpie pen to draw the ghost face on the stones.)

Counting Ghost Stones from Rachel (",)

Butterbean Ghosts

I’ve used these in a few different ways over the past few years – simple counting this year…

Counting butterbean ghosts from Rachel (",)


Fine Motor Work 

Spooky Finger Gym

Spooky Finger Gym from Rachel (",)

Fine motor work at the spooky Finger Gym from Rachel (",)

Tweezers and Pumpkin Seeds

Fine motor work with tweezers and pumpkin seeds from Rachel (",)

Scooping and Transferring 

Using fine motor skills to scoop and transfer - from Rachel (",)


Provocation to Create Spells

I’ve often done trays like this before:

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

But I thought I’d have a change this time, & we had buttons & beads as the base to the tray…

Provocation to create spells from Rachel (",)

Provocation to create spells from Rachel (",)


Pumpkins & Hammers

Pumpkins, hammers and golf tees from Rachel (",)

As well as the golf tees & hammers, we used ‘body parts’ with the mini pumpkins…

Mini pumpkins and 'body parts' from Rachel (",)


Water Play

Green glittery, bubbly water with googly eyes and milk bottle ghosts…

Green glittery, bubbly water with googly eyes and milk bottle ghosts - from Rachel (",)


Spooky Play Dough Enhancements

Rather than do the classic spider/pumpkin invitation…

Halloween play dough invitations from Rachel (",)

… I just provided enhancements  for the children to explore as they wished…

Spooky play dough enhancements from Rachel (",)


Room on the Broom

Retelling the Story with small world props…

Retelling Room on the Broom with props - from Rachel (",)

Resources from the Website

There is a resources area on the website & I downloaded some of the bits & pieces…

Pairs Game…

Pairs game from the Room on the Broom site, shared by Rachel (",)

Finger Puppets 

I printed two copies – one to use as finger puppets & the other to put on pencils…

Finger puppets from roomonthebroom.com (also used as pencil toppers) - shared by Rachel (",)


A very busy week!!

Thanks for reading!

Sunflower seeds in water feel so silky!

Sunflower seeds in water feel so silky!

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Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)

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  1. Wow! It looks amazing, that must have taken you a long time to set up. Where did you find the wooden trays with the number formation in?
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Ejay 🙂
      The children helped me set up some of it, but yes it did take quite a long time! You find the same sort of trays on Amazon (I think you could try searching ‘Montessori tray’).

  2. Rachel, thank you again for sharing such lovely ideas and experiences; you are always so inspirational.
    I hope you have a great half-term break!

    • Thank you so much, Sarah! I hope you do too! 🙂

  3. Wonderful! Don’t know if this would be up your alley, but when we finished our pumpkin golf tee hammering, I set out a bowl of rubber bands, and the children looped them around the tees. It was great fine motor work, and they noticed the shapes a bit (like a geoboard). Last year, we must’ve used at least 150 bands! It became a piece of art, and we set it on a table in the hall for the other classes and parents to see–they couldn’t resist running their hands around the pumpkin (neat texture!). Just a suggestion! 🙂

      • LOL–Oh! I probably got the idea from you in the first place! “blush”

        • Heehee, you make me laugh 😀

  4. Hi, love love love all your activities and ideas, where dis you get the little pumpkins from ?

    • Thank you!
      I cut them off Halloween necklaces – bought from eBay a couple of years ago.

  5. Where do you get your wooden numbers from?

    • They are from Hobbycraft in the UK – I’ve kept some plain wood & painted the rest 🙂

  6. Wow, what an amazing collection of Halloween ideas – there’s so much to do here! You’re an EYFS genius!

    • Not sure I’d go that far Jane, but thank you! 😀

  7. Love your creative ideas. I am doing a spider unit and would love to know where you got your spider bowls with legs.

    • Hello there! Thanks for the lovely comment! The spider bowls are actually candle (tea light) holders and were bought in John Lewis (UK) years ago, in the sale. They were part of their Halloween items.

  8. PLEASE tell me where you got those adorable tiny pumpkins for the maths activity!

    • eBay a few years ago. Some of them were necklaces that I cut up 🙂


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