Friday, October 11, 2013

ABC Ghosts!

Our final "Ghosts" themed activity for the week was a hit. Especially since LM(6) was home from school to enjoy this fun game with us!  It's a great way to add a little learning and fun to your Halloween this year. :)

  • 4 sheets of white craft foam (mine are half-size sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Marker
Prep Work:
  • You can draw lines (or just cut by eye) each sheet into 8 rectangles:

  • Then, with each rectangle form it into a ghost shape by cutting the top to make it round, and bottom to make it zig-zagged, like this:

  •  You can even stack a couple rectangles and cut 2 at a time!
  • You'll have 32 rectangles, but you only need 26 ghosts for the alphabet. You can either cut them all into ghosts and use the extras for something else, or just leave the others as rectangles for something else later.

  • Draw faces on the ghosts. Just 2 eyes and a smile. :)
  • Then, write all the letters of the alphabet on each ghost. I decided to write them in lowercase to help LB(4) work on recognizing them.

Time to Play!
There are many ways you can use these cute little ABC ghosts. Here's what we did:

  • I laid all the ghosts on the table face-down.
  • LB(4) and LM(6) took turns:
    • One of them would pick a ghost and say the letter and the sound the letter makes.
    • The other one would then think of a word that starts with that letter. Then they'd switch.

The boys really loved this activity! It was great practice for LB(4) to recognize letters and their sounds. Thinking of words for him was a bit tougher. Sometimes he needed help, and sometimes he thought of some good words all on his own. It was a fun way to learn!
LM(6) also had fun. Eventually instead of just saying the word he thought of, he wanted to act it out and have us guess. This was a fun addition that I never even thought of! He came up with some great words that were tough for us to guess!
All in all, fun & learning was had by all. :)

Happy Halloween!

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