Is it me, or did September last about 2 minutes? It’s already October and I couldn’t resist, but to start off the month by sharing these fun little Halloween shape activities with you! My kiddos having been loving our past shape themes with bees and dinosaurs, so naturally, a fun Halloween theme was too cute to pass up!
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Halloween Shapes Printables
I haven’t set these up yet because I wanted to wait until we were a little bit closer to Halloween itself, but I wanted to be sure you had enough time to print and get your copy of these fun little mats! There are several different activities that we have used these types of shape materials for!
I have been noticing that a lot of my younger kiddos are starting off the school year with poor fine motor skills so we spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year working those hand muscles. I also like to incorporate different types of learning into these fine motor activities, which is one of the reasons why I love these Halloween shape printables!
Halloween Shapes Clip Cards
I created two sets of Halloween shapes clip cards for the kiddos to explore. I love to laminate these types of cards and use them with mini clothes pins. These are absolutely fantastic for developing pincer grasp, fine motor skills, and hand-muscles in general. In turn, all of this prepares the hand for writing later on.
You can also use the larger cards that I created. In addition to the shape matching with the clothes pins, you can use the labelled cards to reinforce the names of the shapes.
Related: You’ll also love our Pumpkin Life Cycle Printables
Make the Halloween Shapes
I initially created these mats to be used with play dough, but I know not everyone is crazy about it so I want to show an alternative to using play dough. We also use manupulatives, such as pom poms to outline the different shapes.
This is a great opportunity to talk about the shapes the children are making, but in addition, the children can see, feel, and create the different shapes, helping them to retain the information better. Plus, as has been the focus in this entire blog post, picking up pom poms is a great way for children to strengthen their hand muscles.
If you do choose to use them with play dough, I recommend laminating the cards! This way, they won’t get all smudgy and yucky from the play dough. You can have the child roll a piece of play dough and make the outside of the shape, or manipulative a larger chunk to fill the entire shape on the cards.
Get your set of Halloween Shapes Printables
- Instructions for use and printing
- Halloween shape clip cards 2 ways
- Halloween shape cards with labels
- Shape cards with labels
- Halloween playdough cards
- Black and white version of ALL activities included