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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tricks & Treats: A Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway!

It's one of my favourite times of the year!!! We are getting so close to Halloween. I don't know what it is about Halloween, I personally don't like getting dressed up but I do love watching how excited my little Firsties get, not to mention my own girls.

The Bloggers from Under The Maple Tree have decided to have a "Trick or Treats" Halloween Blog Hop and wait for it...a Giveaway!! Who doesn't love a giveaway? Am I right?

So the treat is a giveaway and a freebie, and the trick? Well that's is the easiest art activity ever, that your kids are going to love. 

My firsties have been learning about mixing colours. So I decided we would make some plasticene pumpkins. I know you are thinking...really Emily, this is your trick. Well...there is a trick to it! Wait for it!!!

I always tell my kiddos that they are going to make pumpkins out of plasticine and they get so excited. But then, I tell them I have a problem. I don't have any orange Plasticine!  There little faces always get so serious. You can see their little gears turning. Then you get the little hand that pops up, "Mrs. MacGillivary, could we make orange plasticine?" BINGO!!!!

I give each students a piece of yellow Plasticine and a piece of red Plasticine and set them to work. 

And they really have to work. It is actually a pretty hard task to mix the two colours. It's great for building finger strength.

They mix and mix and get more and more excited. 

Finally, once they have made orange Plasticine, they can decorate their pumpkins by adding a stem. 

This year my students added a piece of purple to some of their orange to make brown for the stem and the face.
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I hope your kiddos enjoy it!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you liked my Trick and my Treat. Happy Halloween!

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  1. I love this hands-on idea - can't wait to do this in my classroom :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE your pumpkins! What a great idea - I bet the kiddos are completely focused on their job, and it would take a while! Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  3. This is so cute! I love this idea. Thank you for sharing!! :D
    Your blog is also super adorable.. I love the monstrous picture of you.. lol.. Adorable!

  4. I love the idea of mixing colours and building finger strength - I will have to work this into my plans in the next two weeks.

  5. I am so excited about your blog post! So easy and something my firsties definitely need to build on this year: Finger Strength. I just wrote a blog post a couple weeks back on handwriting and fine motor skills. I am definitely going to be on the hunt for some Plasticine! Also, thanks for the great open-ended math sheets!

  6. How fun! I bet they love mixing the Plasticine colours! Great idea!
    Barton's Buzz

  7. Ummmm I need to order yellow and red plasticine ASAP! We just did that lesson 2 weeks ago with paint but you can never colour mix too much :-) Thank you for such a cool idea, Emily! Bryn (your #1 follower...get it? LOL Blog Hop Joke)

  8. Looks like I have another great activity for Friday! I have a number of boys who can use opportunities to work on their fine motor skills and hand strength. I will need to check my closet for the plasticene.

    Hanging Around In Primary

  9. I LOVE this idea! I am in charge of the craft/activity for my daughter's first grade class Halloween party! I am now doing this!

  10. I love this freebie - I am always looking for more fun math word problems. Thanks !!!

  11. I love it! The colour mixing is brilliant - kinesthetic (sp?), authentic and engaging! I do personally kind of like getting dressed up but also find the decision making a little stressful... I don't want to be considered "lame" by my 8th graders, you know? It's a lot of pressure!! LOL

    Tammy @ Teaching FSL

  12. I love this concept! What a great way to demonstrate the mixing of colours!