I just love everything about fall. Apple picking, pumpkin farms, and of course trick or treating. I can’t wait to dress Madelynn up and take her out Trick or Treating this year now that she’ll actually be able to run around on her own, but that’s still a few weeks away. So for now I’m super excited to share an awesome weekend of Teaching Tricks and Treats with you! There are a ton of amazing teachers linked up over at The Elementary Entourage to share their tricks and treats with you too!
If you are planning a fun classroom party for Halloween, (or really any holiday) you know how crazy excited the kids can get. And sometimes all of that chaos can get out of hand and you’ll do anything for a few minutes of calm to regain your sanity. Well that’s why I almost always have a go to quiet activity planned for party days. Now don’t worry, quiet doesn’t have to = no fun because my kiddos LOVE to play BINGO especially when prizes are involved. But finding and prepping a bingo game sometimes can be a hassle so here is how I quickly create a bingo game for anything I need.
1. Print out blank bingo boards for each student.
2. Give each student a sheet of paper with squares filled with the content you want to use. For Halloween this may be fun Halloween clip art, or for normal days you might use numbers, letters, sight words etc. You can create and print them on the computer in a simple 5×5 table. Or you can use a copy of the blank bingo board, hand write your content and copy it.
3. Students cut out the squares and glue them onto their boards randomly so every board is different. This saves a million hours of creating 30 randomized bingo boards for your kiddos and has the added bonus of a little quiet fine motor practice.
**Full Disclosure: I am insanely OCD about my kiddos cutting skills, because it makes me crazy when it takes them an hour to cut out each individual square. We use Words Their Way sorts so my kids have to cut out the word sorts every week. I use this as an opportunity to teach them these quick cutting strategies. #1-Cut all of the white paper around the outside of the square off. #2-Cut down the long straight lines of each row to create strips. #3-Snip each strip along the short lines to finish off the little squares. Also I teach my kids to put all of their pieces in their crayon box as they go, so they don’t get mixed up with their friends, fall on the floor, or get eaten by the mysterious paper monster. Am I crazy? Please tell me someone else puts this much thought into cutting in a kindergarten classroom?
Okay I digress…thanks for sticking with me people. On to what you really want, your treats!
First up, I have these free bingo board templates and cards for you all ready to go for Halloween as well as generic letter and number recognition. You can grab those here:
Next, I am throwing a little sale on all of my Fall themed items. You can grab these and more great items at 20% through Sunday here:
Now don’t forget to check out all of the other amazing Tricks and Treats waiting for you from my blogging buddies 🙂