Halloween is a delightful season for little ones. It is fun, as a preschool teacher or daycare provider, to include seasonal activities within circle time. Here I have listed three Halloween circle time activities for preschoolers. They may all be used in one circle session or you might split them up between two or three circle sessions. Whichever you choose, have fun!
How Many Pieces of Candy Corn?
This challenge is always a hit. Use your discretion as to how big or small the jar should be. Fill the jar with candy corn. You can do this in front of the children if you wish, but make sure that you had counted the pieces beforehand. Put the lid on the jar and let the children pass it around the circle to gaze and guess. Ask the preschoolers to come up one at a time and write how many pieces of candy corn they think is in the jar on the white board next to their names. Allow them to take another look at the jar if they so like. Hold up a piece of paper with the number of pieces of candy corn in the jar up for the children to see. Did they think there was more or less than was really in the jar? Pass one or two pieces of candy corn to each student as a circle time treat.
Five Little Pumpkins Finger Play
There is a traditional little finger play about five little pumpkins sitting on a gate that your preschoolers are sure to get a kick out of. The rhyme goes like this:
5 (hold up 5 fingers) little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh, my! It’s getting late!” (make a startled face)
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.” (glide hands in the air, wiggling your fingers)
The third one said, “But we don’t care!” (hold palms up, shrug and smile)
The fourth one said, “Let’s run, run, run!” (move bent arms as though running)
The fifth one said, “It’s Halloween fun!”
Then “woooooo” went the wind. (glide hands back and forth in front of you)
And OUT went the lights! (clap hands loudly when saying OUT)
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (roll your hands over each other in the air)
Hot Pumpkin Game
When circle time has come to an end, you might send your preschoolers off to the next activity individually with this game of anticipation. With the children still in the circle, take out a small orange pumpkin. You might ask the children what color the pumpkin is and then have each child repeat the word ˜orange”. Explain to the children that you are going to start some spooky music (not too spooky!) and then the group will pass the pumpkin around the circle. When the music stops, the preschooler who is holding the pumpkin gets to move on to the next activity! Continue until all of the children have left the circle.