(Open thematic poster-Halloween-Candy) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.
(Open educa-decorate-Candy) Print, laminate, and cut out the various items. Use them to decorate your daycare and set the mood for the theme.
(Open garland-Halloween candy) Print the illustrations. Let children decorate them. Cut them out and hang them within your daycare or near your daycare entrance to create a garland.
(Open educa-numbers-Candy) Print and laminate the posters. Display them on a wall to decorate your daycare throughout the theme.
(Open educa-letters-Candy) Print and laminate the posters. Display them on a wall to decorate your daycare throughout the theme.
The candy wreath
Cut a wreath shape out of heavy cardboard. Have children paint it. Once the paint is dry, have them decorate the wreath by gluing all kinds of candy pieces on it.
This special tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open steps for getting dressed in winter) Print and display when winter clothing is required for outdoor play.
Ask children which types of candy are their favorite and if there are types of candy they dislike. Organize a candy-filled discussion to introduce your theme.
(Open picture game-Candy) Use the pictures to decorate your daycare or to spark a conversation with your group. Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open activity sheets-Candy) Print and follow instructions.
(Open writing activities-C like candy) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open stationery-Candy) Print. Use the stationery to communicate with parents, in your writing corner, or to identify your thematic bins.
(Open educa-nuudles-Candy) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet. Once they are done, they may use Magic Nuudles to turn the coloring page into a three-dimensional work of art. Variation: If you do not have Magic Nuudles, ask children to fill the spaces designed for the Magic Nuudles with bingo markers or stickers. To order Magic Nuudles:
Use the flashcards to spark a conversation with your group, in your reading and writing corner, or to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Candy) (Open giant word flashcards-Candy) Print. licorice, cotton candy, chocolate, lollipop, jelly bean, hard candy, soft candy, candy necklace, barley sugar, gumball, chocolate coins, candy apple
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Game-This is my spot-Candy
(Open game-This is my spot-Candy) Print two copies of each illustration. Use adhesive paper to stick one copy of each illustration on the table. Place the second copy in a bag. Children take turns picking an illustration to determine where they must sit at the table. You may also use the illustrations to determine children's naptime spots or their place in the task train.
Trick or treat
(Open trick or treat candy)
Print the illustrations and stick them on the floor using adhesive paper to create a path that leads to the areas within your daycare that children visit most on a daily basis (bathroom, cloakroom, etc.). Encourage children to walk on the candy pieces to go from one area to another.
I sing, you sing, we sing
Take advantage of transitions to practice singing Halloween songs with your group.
ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES
Use one or two Jell-O flavours and let little ones use them to paint on white paper or a Halloween coloring page.
Fill Ziploc bags with Jell-O and add Halloween gummy candy pieces. Deposit the bags in the refrigerator for a few hours before letting children manipulate them. When they are done, put the bags back in the refrigerator. They can be used over and over again.
Halloween stimulation bottles
Fill a variety of clear plastic bottles with tiny Halloween erasers, confetti, candy, etc. Seal the caps with hot glue and let children manipulate them.
Sweet modeling dough
Prepare homemade modeling dough with a sweet scent (see creative recipes) and let babies manipulate it. If you prefer, use store-bought modeling dough.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
(Open educa-move-Popcorn kernel) Print the directions and laminate the cards for durable, eco-friendly use. Children will enjoy pretending they are popcorn kernels ready to pop. Encourage them to mime each action.
(Open lacing-Candy) Print. Trace the shapes on heavy cardboard and cut them out. Use a hole-punch to punch holes where indicated. Provide string or shoelaces children can use to lace the shapes.
Divide your group to form two teams. Each team stands on a line, facing the other team. Deposit a scarf or other object in the centre. Give each child from the first team a candy name. Do the same thing with the second team, making sure to use the same candy names. Every time you name a type of candy, the two children who were given the corresponding candy name must run to try to be the first to grab the scarf. The child who succeeds earns a point for his/her team.
Candy bag toss
You will need five pumpkin-shaped buckets. Line them up in a row. Use colourful electrical tape to draw a line on the floor, a few feet away from the buckets. Invite children to toss bean bags wrapped with Halloween paper in the buckets. If you wish, you can attribute a certain number of points to each bucket. Keep track of each child's points. Variation: Instead of using bean bags, you may choose to use dog bones to represent skeleton pieces.
Show children how gumballs roll by tossing one on a flat surface. Encourage children to perform somersaults, pretending they are rolling gumballs. Deposit exercise mats on the floor and let children practice their technique.
(Open twister-Candy) Print. Stick the large candy illustrations on the floor using adhesive tape, creating a 4 ft² playing surface. The leader of the game picks a body part card and a candy card and gives the group instructions as in the traditional Twister game. For example, he/she may say, "Put one foot on the chocolate." Variation for younger children: Simply use the illustrations to decorate your daycare or for an easy recognition activity.
Create an obstacle course in your yard (or in your daycare). Deposit 10 candy illustrations (or candy pieces) along the course. Invite children to take turns completing the course, carrying a small basket in their hands. Encourage them to find and collect the candy illustrations or the candy pieces.
Select one child to play the role of a trick-or-treater. You may choose to have him/her wear a special hat or costume. The other children represent candy pieces that the trick-or-treater must collect. Once all the candy pieces have been collected (touched), the last child who was touched becomes the trick-or-treater for the next round.
It's raining candy!
(Open models-Candy) Print and cut out enough candy illustrations so that you have at least ten per child. Deposit them in the centre of a parachute or blanket. Encourage children to hold the edges of the parachute or blanket and, when you give the signal, to lift it up in the air to send the candy illustrations flying through the air. As the candy illustrations fall back to the ground, children must quickly collect as many as possible. If you wish, count how many candy illustrations each child collected.
MUSICAL AND RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIES
(Open colourful candy) Print and arrange the candy illustrations on the floor. To the sound of music, children walk around the daycare. When the music stops, they must quickly step on one of the candy illustrations. If you wish, you can remove candy illustrations as the game progresses or give children more precise instructions. For example, you may ask them to step on a candy piece of a specific color, have them touch the candy pieces with different body parts, etc.
Jelly bean maracas
You will need a variety of different plastic containers with lids (yogurt, chips, coffee, etc.). Have children fill them with jelly beans and encourage them to decorate these simple maracas as they wish. If possible, use clear plastic containers so that children can see the colourful jelly beans through the plastic.
(Open educ-pairs-Candy) Print. Children must draw a line between identical illustrations or color them using the same color. For durable, eco-friendly use, laminate for use with dry-erase markers.
(Open educ-trace-Candy) Print for each child. Children must trace the lines using the correct colors. When they reach the end of each line, they may also color the object with the corresponding color.
(Open educ-differences-Candy) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must identify the differences between the two illustrations and circle them with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educ-math-Candy) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the objects in each rectangle and circle the corresponding number.
Color by number-Candy
(Open color by number-Candy) Print for each child. Children must color the picture according to the color code.
(Open game-Candy count) Print and laminate. Arrange the ten larger candy illustrations on a table and set the smaller candy illustrations nearby. Invite children to deposit the correct number of candy illustrations on each large candy according the number written on it.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Trick or treat
Use children's imagination to present a pretend trick-or-treating activity. Sit with a large bowl in your lap and pretend it is filled with candy pieces. Children pretend they are holding a large bag. Every time they walk up to you, deposit imaginary candy in their bag.
Creative recipe-Candy modeling dough
(Open creative recipe-Candy modeling dough) Print.
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- ½ cup of water
- 1 teaspoon of vinegar
- Food coloring
- A few tablespoons of "Nerds" candy in a variety of colors or cake sprinkles
- Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl.
- Slowly add water and vinegar, stirring with a wooden spoon until dough forms a ball.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and free of lumps.
- Divide the dough according to the number of colors you wish to create.
- With your finger, make a hole in the centre of each small ball of dough and add a few drops of food coloring.
- Knead the dough (ideally while wearing gloves) until color is uniform.
- Add the tiny candy pieces and knead the dough to incorporate them.
- Store dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The dough can be conserved for up to 6 months if it is refrigerated after each use.
For optimal use of the dough:
- Take it out of the refrigerator approximately 5 minutes before using it.
- If you want to keep one of your creations, let it air dry for 24 hours.
- For a nicer finish, spray creations you wish to keep with varnish.
This recipe is sure to please children and adults of all ages. You will need:
- 3 cups of popped popcorn
- 1 bag of caramels
- 1 box of unsalted peanuts (optional)
- 1 bag of Halloween-coloured M&M candy pieces
- Deposit the popcorn in a large bowl.
- Unwrap and deposit the caramels in a non-stick pot.
- Over medium heat, melt the caramels, adding approximately 1/8 cup of water to thin the mixture somewhat.
- Once the caramels are completely melted, reduce heat to low.
- Add the peanuts (optional) and candy to the popcorn and mix well.
- Pour the caramel over the popcorn and mix to form tiny bite-sized pieces.
- Set the mixture aside to cool for approximately 2 hours before serving.
Bake cupcakes with your group. Once the cupcakes have cooled, spread chocolate frosting over them. Use the darkest frosting you can find. Add pieces of black licorice to represent a spider's eight legs and two M&M candy pieces for the eyes. Serve the cupcakes at snack time. Variation: Colourful spiders are even tastier! Simply use red, purple, or green licorice for the spider legs.
My yummy aquarium
- 2 boxes of prepared Jell-O (approximately 4 cups)
- 4 small bowls (1 ½ cup capacity each)
- Gummy candy fish or marine animals
- Fill the small bowls with the liquid Jell-O preparation.
- Add 3-4 small fish to each bowl.
- Refrigerate until the Jell-O is set.
- Add a dollop of whipped cream on top of each portion before serving for a delicious and fun snack!
Witchy surprise bags
You will need clear plastic gloves. Fill them with candy pieces and use orange and black ribbon to tie them. If you wish, use the ribbon to attach a plastic spider to each "bag".
Prepare one or several packages of green and orange Jell-O. Use the preparation to fill clear containers and create individual snacks for the children in your group. One the Jell-O is set, deposit a few gummy worms or spiders on top.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open models-Candy pieces) Print several copies and use them for a variety of crafts and activities throughout the theme.
(Open puppets-Candy) Print the puppet models on heavy cardboard. Invite children to cut them out and decorate them with various materials. Attach a Popsicle stick to the back of each model to create a puppet.
(Open stencils-Candy) Print and cut out the different items. Children can use them to paint or trace items related to the theme.
Jelly bean stamping
You will need several jelly beans. Cut each jelly bean in half. Stick the jelly bean halves to the bottom of small plastic containers such as pill bottles or old 35 mm film bottles. Once the glue is dry, show children how they can dip the jelly beans in poster paint and then use them to make colourful prints on paper. Variation: You may use these stamps to make prints along dotted lines or the contour of printed shapes, to create paths, or for any other original creation that comes to mind.
You will need small paper plates (one per child) and a variety of gummy candy pieces. Invite children to stick the candy pieces on their plate. At first, have them completely cover the surface of their plate. When they are done, have them add layers on top to create a colourful cake. Of course, make sure you have a few extra candy pieces that children can eat.
Chocolate syrup painting
Lay a large plastic tablecloth or large pieces of waxed paper on your table. Let children use squeezable chocolate syrup bottles to paint. If they wish, they can also use their fingers to spread the chocolate syrup all over the tablecloth or paper...and lick their fingers clean when they are done!
(Open coloring pages theme-Candy) Print for each child.
I am learning to draw-Candy
(Open I am learning to draw-Candy) Print and laminate the model sheet. Invite children to practice their drawing technique on the model sheet before trying to draw candy on their own.
Complete the drawing-Candy
(Open complete the drawing-Candy) Print for each child. Encourage children to draw the missing elements.
Scrapbook-My favorite candy
(Open scrapbook-My favorite candy) Print for each child. Help children complete the page and add it to their scrapbook. If you don't already have scrapbooks, visit the scrapbook section of the educatall club.
SONGS & RHYMES
(Open songs & rhymes-Trick or treat)
Trick or treat
Sung to: Jingle bells
By: Patricia Morrison
Walking through the streets
On this dark Halloween night
Dressed up as a clown
Laughing all the way
Lights at every door
Making spirits bright
What fun it is on Halloween
Go trick or treat tonight
Oh, trick or treat, trick or treat
Trick or treat all the way
Oh what fun it is to fill
Our pumpkins with candy
Oh, trick or treat, trick or treat
Trick or treat all the way
Oh what fun it is to fill
Our pumpkins with candy
The educatall team