This week on the Humble Bugs blog we will be featuring fun, simple activities that you can do with your kids to help get them in the spirit of Halloween. The best part is that most of the items required can be found right at home.
I got my degree in Elementary Education plus couple that with my love of books and that is how I came up with our first few activities. These next few activities all center around…
I choose this book for a couple of reasons: (1) it teaches a good lesson that we are all different and those differences are what make us special and (2) my 4 year old is obsessed with pumpkins right now, he is constantly carrying around his small pumpkin, even putting it to bed each night!
Today we will be featuring a writing activity that centers around helping children understand that stories have a beginning, middle and end. Start by reading the book The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. If you don’t have the book and don’t feel like running to your local library, don’t worry! You can find a reading of the book on youtube…quick, easy and free!!!
After reading the book, have a little discussion, here are some simple questions to get you started:
- How is Spookley different from the other pumpkins?
- How did the other pumpkins feel about Spookley?
- What happened to the other pumpkins when the storm came?
- What did Spookley do once he was blown into the fence?
- The next day, when the Farmer found Spookley what did he decide to do with his crop the next year?
- It is every okay to make fun of someone who is different from you?
- Can words be hurtful?
- How can we help others, who may be different than us, feel accepted?
For our first activity you will need…
12×4.5 Orange Construction Paper
4×4 Brown and Green Construction Paper
Free PDF Writing Prompts
Remember to print of the FREE Writing Prompts provided here! Click Here for Printable PDF.
With the materials gathered let’s put together this cute Spookley the Square Pumpkin Writing Activity. If you have younger kids, who don’t know how to write yet, instead of writing you can have them draw pictures.
(A) I started out with a regular 12×9 orange construction paper and folded it in half lengthwise, followed by cutting it in half.
(B) Then fold it into thirds, by taking the ends of the orange construction paper and folding them inward towards the middle of the paper.
(C) Next cut out the writing prompts and glue them inside.
(D) Using the brown and green squares of construction paper, cut out a stem and a leaf then glue them to the back of your pumpkin. If you are anything like me, as in a little OCD, and are thinking you need a template, breath, don’t worry and just cut…this part makes your Spookley different and unique!
Lastly, create a face on the front side of the pumpkin. See simple! The best part is that your kids are having fun and learning without even realizing it!