When John’s teacher asked me to pull together centers for a Halloween Party, I was all “yayyyyyyyy”!!!!!! Parties are my jam. When she asked that they be somewhat educational (I did ask the question, in all fairness), I was all “booooooo”. Not because I don’t see the value in that, but rather because I’m pretty sure these kids are smarter than me and I was doubting my ability to come up with something educational AND fun. Always up for a challenge, I tied on my fourth grade thinking cap, came up with a handful of ideas, ran them by our resident nine year old, and set to work! We had the party today and it was a great success. I pulled a few games and printables from other blogs and created the rest myself. The party was 1 hour long, with 5 stations each taking 10 minutes. The remaining time was alotted for dividing up into groups and rotating between stations. With the help of wonderful parents that volunteered all of the needed items and their time to man the stations, here’s how it all went down…
Table Tents / Instructions
First things first, I made a table tent for each station, with instructions for that activity on the back. This makes it very easy for parent volunteers to know what they are doing.
Halloween Rotation 4th grade – Courtesy of Dixie Delights
Full Moon Pudding
Need: Pudding cups, oreos, crushed oreos, gummy worms, spoons, napkins, mini water bottles
Open pudding tops
Spoon in layer of crushed Oreo cookies
Top with gummy worms
Take top off of Oreo cookie and slide side with filling into cup to look like full moon
Candy Corn Calculations
This station was at the same table as Full Moon Pudding to eat up the rest of the time.
Need: Container filled with candy corn, rulers, paper, pencils
Rectangle V= lXwXh
Cylinder V=Pi r2 h
Use math or guess work to estimate how many pieces of candy are in the container
Find volume of container
Find volume of single piece of candy (use rectangle formula)
Divide to see how many will fit
Closest to actual number in each group gets spider ring
Overall class winner takes home the jar!
*I say math or guess work because we don’t want to stress anyone out. It’s all in fun! We ended up with a tie for closest guess (300 – there were 312 in the jar) and had to bring those two back to hone their calculations. (John was one!) The winner ended up with 314 and John had 317. It was GREAT!
Download FREE Worksheet with Formulas HERE – Courtesy of Dixie Delights
Boo Bingo (Multiplication)
Need: laminated bingo cards, laminated equation cards, candy corn markers, dry erase marker, wipes
Give each student a bingo card and 15 pieces of candy
Call out equations; mark as called with dry erase marker
Student calls BOO Bingo
Check answers and give winner a spider ring
Download FREE Bingo Game HERE – Courtesy of Gael’s Crafty Treasures
Need: Timer, A-Z pages, pencils
Set the Timer for 4 minutes. Work as individuals OR in pairs.
Play 2 rounds with categories of: Halloween and Fall (we also had time for a lightening round of 1 minute where we did the category Costumes)
Before the timer ends they have to write down as many unique words as they can think of A-Z
When the time is up, each player shares what word they chose for each letter. If no other player used their themed word, they get a point! No points for blank lines. Add up the points and see who wins.
Winners get a spider ring
Download FREE Scattergories Sheet HERE – Courtesy of Crafting Chicks
Trick or Treat Taboo
Need: Timer, candy, clue cards
Divide cards into 2 stacks face down; Divide into 2 teams; each team gets 5 pieces of candy
Each team picks a clue giver; This student sits on the side of the table with the OTHER team and holds their team’s clue cards
Cards have the clue word in orange and the taboo words listed below. Clue-giver starts 1 min timer and must get their team to say the word in orange without using any of the taboo words.
If a taboo word is used, Team B takes a piece of Team A’s candy and the current card goes into the discard pile.
If the team guesses correctly, they get to take a piece of the other team’s candy and should quickly move to the next card.
If the clue giver decides to pass on a card, it goes to the discard pile and they lose a piece of candy.
Once time runs out, play repeats with Team B.
When play goes back to Team A, pick a new clue giver.
Each team divides up their candy at the end of the game.
1. Clue-givers may not use any taboo words, including abbreviations and any part of the taboo word.
2. Clue-givers may not use sound effects or use gestures to indicate the clue word.
3. When time is called, the final card does not go into the discard pile, but is instead removed from play.
Download FREE Halloween Taboo Game HERE – Courtesy of Dixie Delights
Show how skeleton works and dry ice demonstration
Download Lesson Plan HERE – Courtesy of very bright mom in the class :-)
And that was all she wrote! It was a wonderfully fun hour that far exceeded my expectations. The kids stayed completely engaged in every center. I look forward to recycling this party in its entirety in three years :-)
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