They are simply peeps on wooden skewers. I got pretzel bags (any store that sells cake decorating/candy making stuff) and silver twist ties. I am thinking these would make great craft fair fillers and stocking stuffers because we all know and love the yearround peeps! Make sure you "pin" these for next year or for the next holiday season anyway! I know that I was inspired somewhere, out there on the world wide web!
We will be doing a Halloween Phonemic Awareness Activity. I love these boards because they are so simple, yet the children really love them. I always coordinate something fun with the particular board we are using (like tomorrow I will likely use either candy corn or candy pumpkins). All you have to do is choose a phonemic skill (beginning, ending sounds, syllables, rhyming) you are working on. I will use rhyming as the example for the board below:
So, you will think of words that rhyme with the pictures above and call them out. Students have to decide which picture it rhymes with and put the "marker" (candy corn) in the correct box. I start with focussing on just one skill, but then, as the children get better at this game, I amp it up and switch back and forth between skills. This is a great listening activity for them to hear and compare the sounds and make up of words. These skills are so important for beginning readers and often get overlooked with the ever rising standards in kindergarten. These are the skills that, if solidified orally, will allow young students to flourish as readers and writers when the time comes. Grab the google doc here so you can have a little bit of learning fun with your kiddos tomorrow! I have a set of these boards at my TpT store and they all come with lists of words you can use for each category of rhyming, syllabication, beginning and ending sounds (so you don't even have to think, which I always appreciate!).We will also be doing my version of Witch's Brew (non edible)--check out this post for that freebie, as well as Rachelle's edible version of a Witch's Brew (from http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com ). We collected the ingredients from the parents and will "mix" it up in brand new HUGE witch cauldron that I found yesterday at Big Lots for $5.00.
To wrap up the day, we will go to a kindergarten neighbor's movie room for a showing of Spookley the Square Pumpkin! If you don't know of this book, it is a great social book that demonstrates the benefits of being different to children.