Spooky Stories

Spooky Stories

It’s Halloween next week, so we have lots of spooky stories out in the classroom. We actually started enjoying them just before half term (& they will stay out next week for the first week back after the break), so I thought I’d share some of the invitations now instead of at the end of next week. Many of them are very similar to things we have done before. There will be some other invitations too, which I may share over on my Instagram page…

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Spiders

The box from Ikea is currently filled with ‘cobwebs’ and spiders. Love these two books…

Spiders! - from Rachel (",)

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Counting Pumpkins

Out came my numbered cups again. I made them a few years ago (just permanent markers on cardboard cups – numbers on one side, faces on the other), so it’s lucky they’re still going strong! I have a variety of pumpkins (mostly from eBay – I cut up necklaces), so these are perfect for counting at this time of year…

Counting, number recognition and sorting with pumpkins- from Rachel (",)

Counting pumpkins - from Rachel (",)

Pumpkin play from Rachel (",)

This box from M&S has been popular so far…

Number and pumpkins - for Rachel (",)

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Potions and Spells in the Tuff Spot 

We do this every year. Love it! So much fabulous language comes from it – as well as opportunities for maths, fine motor, phonics games, role play etc

Potions and spells in the tuff spot - from Rachel (",)

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Halloween Pasta

This pasta from Lidl is 99p a bag and very useful. We just used it in a couple of ways before the half term break, but I have more plans for it…

Fine Motor Work

Fine motor work with tweezers and Halloween pasta from Lidl - from Rachel (",)

Pattern Play

Lidl Halloween pasta play - from Rachel (",)

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Transient Art

… with bones and glass pebbles. We did this last year and it was so popular I thought I’d set up a similar invitation for my new class…

Transient art with bones and glass pebbles - from Rachel (",)

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Overhead Projector

These spiders ended up on the OHP by mistake, but they loved looking at their shadows. Lots of shrieks!

Simple spiders and numbers on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

We’ve now got the old favourite – laminated cellophane Jack O’ Lanterns…

Pumpkin faces on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Light Panel

The children put these spiders on the light panel. I added the numbers…

Counting spiders on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Small World Play

Minibeasts along with Winnie the Witch – simple!

Minibeasts and Winnie the Witch - simple small world play from Rachel (",)

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Counting and Patterns with Bones

Counting and patterns with bones - from Rachel (",)

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Sorting Spiders, Bats and Witches 

Sorting spiders, bats and witches - from Rachel (",)

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Spooky Loose Parts 

Using fine motor skills to explore them…

Using fine motor skills to explore spooky loose parts - from Rachel (",)

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Invitation to Transfer Butterbean ‘Ghosts’ 

These ghosts are years old now, but we’re still getting good use out of them!

Invitation to Transfer Butterbean 'Ghosts' 

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Invitation to Count Butterbean ‘Ghosts’ 

Invitation to count butterbean 'ghosts' - from Rachel (",)

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Homemade Pumpkins

Bottle tops and plastic ice cubes… I think I first shared these last year. I’m going to put these out and see what the children do with them. No intentions!

Plastic ice-cube and bottle top Jack O'Lanterns from Rachel (",)

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Play Dough

I haven’t set up our play dough yet, but it will probably be along the lines of some of our previous invitations…

Some of our previous spooky, Halloween play dough - from Rachel (",)

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Water Play

I haven’t set up the water yet either. Here are some of the previous set-ups we’ve had…

Some of our previous spooky, Halloween water play - from Rachel (",)

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New Pet Spider

A couple of the boys found a spider in the garden and thought they might like him as a pet. Before he escaped, they named him Frank… 😉

A new pet spider - from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

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Monster Hair

These images are actually from my ‘Faces & Me‘ post last year (we were adding ‘hair’), but it occurred to me that you could do the same fine motor activity to create a monster…

Threading pipe cleaners into a colander to create a monster... from Rachel (",)

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Previous Halloween / Spooky Play

If you’d like to see my previous spooky posts, you’ll find them here:

Halloween

Spooky! Spooky!

Witches & Spooky Things

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Thanks for reading!

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Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)

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12 Comments

  1. Marvellous, marvellous. Such great engaging ideas. Mmmm, we have some interesting spiders out here of course that one has to be wary of!

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    • Thanks, Sue! Spiders are not my favourite thing – not sure I could live out your way! 😉

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  2. Once again, your activities and set up amaze me! Thank you for sharing!
    I have tons of questions but will settle on a few ;). What did you use for your ghosts in your water play? Where did you find the bones for counting bones? And…
    Your transient art invitation, are those different sizes of skeletons that you cut apart?
    Thank you again!

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    • Hi Lisa!
      Thanks for the lovely comment!
      – The ghosts are just cut out of milk bottles ((I drew the faces on with a permanent marker)
      – The bones I used for counting were from Amazon
      – The transient art bones were mostly from Halloween necklaces I cut up. Think they were from Tesco or Sainsbury’s. Years ago though.
      🙂

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  3. Rachel, your activities are always so much fun. Whew what a lot of time and collecting goes on for you. I was wondering what is that large black container you use for tuff spot, I have seen it in a lot of your photos? Also where/how do you store so many different materials? Enjoy your spooky week!

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    • Hi Sue,
      The tray used to be called a ‘tuff spot’ or ‘tuff tray’, but TTS now call it an Active World Tray. You can get them here: http://www.tts-group.co.uk/plastic-active-world-discovery-tray/1003869.html
      It’s a UK company though. The same trays are used by builders to mix cement in, in case that helps. Perhaps a hardware store will sell them, if you’re not in the UK?

      Many of my resources belong to me & are stored at home. I posted an album on my Facebook page showing how I store the small parts, which you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/StimulatingLearningWithRachel/photos/?tab=album&album_id=271739916355074
      I also have a good sized cupboard at school and some things are stored in baskets on the shelves in my classroom 🙂

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      • Thanks for the quick reply, I m going to search for “tuff tray” type container here. Your many bowls and containers are wonderful. I have a lot too after 29 years of teaching, and my loose parts seem to be growing. I still try to house things at school for the most part. I teach 4K and like most teachers there never seems to be enough storage.

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        • Nope, and we just keep accumulating more resources!
          Good luck with your search! 🙂

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  4. Sooo much fun!! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful and inspiring ideas! I am so envious of your light and shadow corner!! Love it!

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    • Ah, thanks Rosa! I love my light and shadow corner too! 🙂

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  5. Fabulous! You are my trusty go to blog before I do any planning. I really appreciate you sharing all your fabulous ideas. I have no idea where you find the time and I am thoroughly impressed. I found your post on ‘Getting to Know Me’ and love it. I wondered have you any other posts that focus to the 5 senses topic (although I know many of your activities have a sensory nature to them). I am also doing Handa’s Surprise as my big book for shared reading and a focus on Nursery Rhymes. I just wondered if you had covered any of these before. Many Thanks

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    • Hmm, I don’t have a specific post on the themes you’ve mentioned I’m afraid. You might find something you could adapt for nursery rhymes if you look at my Story Baskets post – http://stimulatinglearning.co.uk/2016/04/story-baskets-props/
      And maybe if you search ‘animals’, there could be something you could adapt for Handa ??

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment about my blog, can’t tell you how much it means 🙂 xx

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