Fun days in October
Diwali and Halloween activities for the Early Years
Jan Homden has put together a list of ideas and resources for Diwali and Halloween to help celebrations in the Early Years classroom.
October 27 – Diwali
‘Diwali (or Deepavali, the “festival of lights“) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) every year. Spiritually, the festival signifies the victory of light over dark and good over evil. (2019 – starts on October 25, ends on October 29)
Ramayana is the story of Lord Rama who rescues his wife Sita from the Demon King Ravana with the help of his brother Lakshmana and an extraordinary monkey called Hanumana. Click on the link above to watch this two minute video production of the Ramayana story published by ChinmayaChannel.
1 part salt, 2 parts plain flour, 1 part water, mixed together to make a dough.
Give each child a ball to dough to mould into a bowl shape ( just big enough to hold a tea light ) and show them how to pinch one side to make a spout. The diyas can be left to air dry naturally for a couple of days, or cooked at a low heat in an oven (about 100 degrees) for an hour or so. When fully dry, the children can paint them and when the paint is dry use glue to decorate with glitter and sequins. Click on the image to follow the link to Jennifer’s Little World.
A rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests.
Mango Lassi Drink –
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Sing along to:
Diwali is Here – Song in English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu – from: Appuseries
Books to share with links and reviews from Amazon:
Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series, Book 1)by
October 31 – Halloween with not so scary ideas for Early Years.
Many families around the world celebrate this festival with dressing-up and trick or treating, carving and decorating pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, playing games such as apple bobbing and telling scary stories. However, many families and schools do not celebrate Halloween so check your school’s policy before planning any activities.
In the classroom role play corner create a bat cave for Meg and Mog – Hang a spider’s web and a few bats, add spiders, cushions, books and torches. Or, set up a Halloween shop selling little plastic spiders, bats, frogs, bugs, lizards and pumpkins etc. Put the items into clear plastic jars with screw on lids, decide on the price and the children can make labels e.g. bats 1p each, spiders 2p each.
Provide a cash register/till and play money. Click on the image to follow the link to Amazon.
Water Play based on Incy Wincy Spider – In the water tray put plastic spiders and add guttering, drain pipes, plastic jugs and basins to enhance the play. The children use jugs of water to wash the spiders down the guttering and drain pipes into a tuff spot or a large basin. Watch Spider in the Bath!
Spider! Episode 1 | Spider in the Bath – The Boy tells us how he likes every kind of creature….except spiders!
In the Sand Tray/Tuff Spot – A Halloween version of The Silly Soup Song. Dye white rice orange and when dry pour it into the tuff spot, add plastic spiders, snakes, bats, worms, frogs and lizards, a black pot, spoons and plastic tweezers.
A special soup for Meg! The Silly Soup Song (To tune of Pop goes the Weasel)
I’m making lots of silly soup,
I’m making soup that’s silly.
I’m going to cook it in the fridge,
To make it nice and chilly.
|Children take turns to stir the soup while everyone joins in singing the song. Then each child adds an ingredient to the soup (using the plastic tweezers), and says ‘In goes a ________’ encourage everyone to recite all the ingredients in the soup.
Extension: Around the pot leave rhyming objects/picture cards (cat, hat, rat, mat, bat, mug, bug, rug, jug, pan, van, fan, man etc.) ‘In goes a ______ and a _______’. Children to choose 2 objects/picture cards that rhyme.
Songs for Halloween
Five Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Gate | Halloween Songs for Kids | Pumpkin Song | The Kiboomers
Skeleton Dance | Halloween Songs for Kids | Shake Dem Halloween Bones | The Kiboomers
Five Creepy Spiders | Halloween Songs + More Kids Songs | Super Simple Songs
Spooky Spooky – Halloween Song – This song was written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Video by KidsTV123
Sing Along with ‘Halloween Rules’ – Halloween song with lyrics! Bounce Patrol Kids – This video has the lyrics set out karaoke style! What do you want to be this Halloween?
Books for Halloween
Jan Homden – Consilium Education
Feature Image: Niko_Shogol – Pixabay
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