Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall {Halloween} Party (Bouquet of Ideas)



For Hornet’s Kindergarten Fall Party we had such a fun time! It was a two+ hour party so I had many indoor and outdoor activities planned. If your party is the traditional hour long time then pick and choose a couple of the activities that we did below and the kids will surely have a fabulous time!
P.S. The activities for this party would work for Kindergarten, First and Second grades (maybe even pre-school).

Enjoy the ideas for a
Fall (Halloween) Party for
(Sprouts ~ Kindergarten to First Graders)


When the kiddos entered the class they did their morning routine and their morning work was to write their name, color and cut out their cat for Pin the Cat on the Fence (although we ran out of time for cutting the cats). They then had a school-wide Halloween Parade and the party started after that. 

The kids came to the rug to hear the story Five Little Pumpkins. The adults then acted out the hand motions to teach the kids. We did this a couple times together. 



I then explained the 4 inside centers and we got right to work. Below is a copy of the schedule, supply and volunteer list. Feel free to copy it and paste it to a word doc so you can tweek it as you wish. Or you can get a copy right here.

Fall Party Schedule, Supply and Volunteer List
STORY/SONG (9:30-9:45)
Five Little Pumpkins book/poem




INSIDE CENTERS (9:45-11)
15 min/center, table groups
Supplies
HELPER(s)
Pumpkin Pancakes
Pancake mix, canned pumpkin puree, syrup, bowl, spoon, griddle, spatula, plates, plastic forks & knives

Fall Bingo
Bingo sheets, coins or candy corn for markers

Orange Tissue Jack-o-Lantern
Empty water bottles, orange tissue, glue, bowls, paintbrushes, black paper, scissors

Pumpkins on a Gate
Blue paper, brown paper strips, orange paint, green paint, plates for paint




 OUTSIDE GAMES (11-11:30)
rotate on own
Supplies
HELPER(s)
Pumpkin Toss
Plywood pumpkin, bean bags

Pumpkin Bowling
Tissue rolls made into pumpkins/ghosts, pumpkins for rolling

Pin the Cat on the Fence
Make big fence ahead of time, cat copies, tape

Spider Fishing
Plastic spiders w/ paperclips attached, dowel fishing poles w/ yarn and magnet attached, big bowl




CLEANUP (11:30-11:45)
Maybe another story??



INSIDE Centers
Each group had 15 minutes for each inside center.

Pumpkin Pancakes
We went with a store bought pancake mix plus pumpkin puree
because of time but a homemade recipe would be great!
The Stuff
The FUN!
Pancake mix, canned pumpkin puree, syrup, bowl, spoon, griddle, spatula, plates, plastic forks & knives
1. Kids added the ingredients and mixed the pancakes.   

2. Adult cooked the pancakes.

3. Kiddos scarfed them down!

Fall (Halloween) BingoGet your bingo cards from FamilyCrafts.About.com!
The Stuff
The FUN!
Bingo sheets, coins or candy corn for markers
1. Kids pick a bingo sheet and play bingo!    


Orange Tissue Jack-O-Lantern
The Stuff
The FUN!
Empty water bottles, orange tissue, glue, bowls, paintbrushes, black paper, scissors
Go Here for instructions!


Pumpkins on a Gate
The Stuff
The FUN!
Blue paper, brown paper strips, orange paint, green paint, plates for paint
Go Here for instructions!


OUTSIDE Centers
We had 30 minutes outside and the kids just rotated at their own pace for the outside centers.
Pumpkin Toss
The Stuff
The FUN!
Plywood pumpkin, bean bags
Kiddos just tossed the bean bags through the pumpkin holes!

Pumpkin Bowling
We had 2 versions of this - one with ghosts and one with Jack-O-Lanterns
 

The Stuff
The FUN!
Tissue rolls made into pumpkins/ghosts, pumpkins for rolling
1. Kids used the small pumpkin for a bowling ball and rolled it to knock over the TP rolls.

2. Kids set back up the TP rolls (with some adult help).

Pin the Cat on the Fence
The Stuff
The FUN!
Make big fence ahead of time, cat copies, tape
Classic game of Pin the Tail but with cats and a fence!   

Kiddos put their name and colored their cats during morning work.

Spider Fishing
 
The Stuff
The FUN!
Plastic spiders w/ paper clips attached, dowel fishing poles w/ yarn and magnet attached, big bowl
1. Kids use dowel fishing pole to catch a spider ring.

2. They can take off the paper clip when they catch a spider and wear the ring!   

Do you have more ideas…


Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Fall (Halloween) Party

Happy Celebrating Fall!
~Sara
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