Halloween Centers and Activities for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten
Halloween will be here before we know it! I’ve already started prepping some fun, hands-on learning activities for my pre-k students, and I thought you might want to get a jumpstart on your preschool Halloween centers and activities as well! I love to take advantage of the excitement surrounding holidays like Halloween so students can have fun while they learn. Check out some of these fun Halloween centers and activities you can use in preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten during October!
Letter and Number Sorting
It’s important for children to notice the differences between letters and numbers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve assessed children and said, “What is this letter?” and they answered something like “8!” Regular practice differentiating between the two is vital. You could even have a small number chart and alphabet chart nearby for children to use as a reference when doing this activity.
Remind children that letters are put together to make words. And that numbers represent quantities when we count. This will help them understand why it’s so important to differentiate the two. This fun Halloween center is so easy to prep and can even be used as a small group activity. I like to put all the numbers and letters in a mini cauldron for the children to pull them out of!
Color by Code Halloween Alphabet Activity
Young children love to color….especially if you let them use markers. Washable scented markers? Even better! This Frankie Color by Code activity is a great independent activity for students to do. It includes color key codes to remind students what color to use in each section. I included a few tricky letters (like I & E, A & R) so students really have to be keen observers and look at each letter’s detail.
Halloween Playdoh Shapes
Shapes are one of those concepts that need to be reinforced month after month. I have a dedicated shape unit in September, but I like to continue sprinkling shape activities in throughout the year so children don’t forget what they’ve learned. These Halloween Playdoh shape cards make that so easy to do!
I laminate the cards and add some bright colored Halloween playdoh – purple, green, yellow, and orange–to a basket in the art center. Then children can build shapes over and over again. They especially love these Frankenstein cuties! Do you use playdoh in your preschool Halloween centers and activities, too?
Frankenstein Pom Pom Sorting
Pom poms are one of those classroom materials we use again and again in my classroom! For this Halloween themed fine motor activity, simply add these colorful Frankenstein cards to your pom poms and tweezers, and let children sort them by color. Sorting is a prerequisite skill for patterning, so you can never have too much sorting practice! Here are my favorite pom poms and jumbo tweezers to use.
Halloween Alphabet Activity
This might just be my favorite preschool Halloween center activity! I love adding the letters to a sensory bin. Students grab a letter, find it on the recording page, and dab the letter with a Bingo marker. When they finish the letter hunt, they can use those fun scented markers to color the picture. You’ll be amazed at how long little learners will focus when doing this activity because it’s so much fun and so engaging! These are my favorite Bingo dabbers because the colors are so bright.
Preschool or Kindergarten Halloween Centers and Activities
My Frankenstein Fun Packet has all of these activities and MORE! It’s perfect for preschool, Pre-K, or early Kindergarten. It’s filled with engaging, hands-on Halloween centers and learning activities that your little learners will love!