Halloween is quickly approaching and most parents don’t realize that it provides a valuable teaching opportunity for their children. From science to math, reading and more, there are many ways to give your child’s academic skills a little boost. And fortunately, many educators have put together free or low-cost resources you can easily download and print up!
Halloween Safety Mini Book (Free)
Safety, Math Start off with this great little book from Miss Kindergarten Love for kids in pre-K through 1st grade and their parents. Inside you’ll find fun rules, rhymes, and more to help children be safe this Halloween. From carrying a flashlight while trick-or-treating to using face paints instead of masks to using reflector tape on dark costumes, this mini book is an educational treasure. It’s available in full color or a black-and-white version that kids can color in, and works best for kids in preschool through 1st grade.
Science Sweet Tea Classroom helps to boost your child’s science skills with this excellent printable activity that teaches the various stages of a pumpkin’s life cycle, from a seed to a mature, orange pumpkin. Kids will love coloring in and assembling the craft, and parents will be proud to display it in their home. Created for kids in pre-K through 4th grade.
Graph Your Halloween Candy (Free)
Math If you allow your kids to dress up and go begging for treats, chances are you’ll end up with more candy in your home than the witch in Hansel and Gretel. Instead of spending the next week just gorging on sugary sweets, why not turn these pieces of candy into tools to help your children perfect their math skills by having them graph their candy treasures using these free, bilingual candy graphing worksheets from MommyMaestra? These are fun for kids of any age.
Literacy If you have a beginning reader, then this cute little story is a great way to help develop their reading comprehension skills. According to the designer, T Trimble, this 7-page printable comes with comprehension questions, vocabulary practice, Halloween pictures and an activity. This story can be used for fluency, independent work, homework assignment, or center work, and is a good project for kids in 1st through 3rd grade.
Halloween Writing Prompts ($4.00)
Literacy Older kids who enjoy writing or need help developing their writing skills will enjoy this set of 64 task cards that serve as writing prompts or journal starters. Created by educator Addie Williams, this set is great for expanding vocabulary, and can even be used for writing poetry. It is best suited for older children in 3rd through 8th grade.
Ocean Current Study ($3.00)
Geography For older students who need more of a challenge, this study strengthens their geography skills. Created by Holly Porter, students use a map of the world and a map of the major ocean currents to track the path of a Halloween bottle (“pumpkin”) thrown into the ocean. Kids in 4th through 8th grade will benefit the most from this printable activity.
World Cultures And finally for older children in 7th through 12th grade there is this comprehensive study of monster myths around the world and how they reflect the cultural aspects of each area. Created by Martha Boykin, this study includes videos, trading cards, writing, games, activities, and more.
Monica Olivera Hazelton, NBC Latino contributor and the founder and publisher of MommyMaestra.com, a site for Latino families that homeschool, as well as families with children in a traditional school setting who want to take a more active role in their children’s education. She is the 2011 winner of the “Best Latina Education Blogger” award by LATISM.