Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Yesterday was about spiders, "bat" today you'll find more ideas of things to do with a bag of plastic bat rings.  You can...sort them, count them, make a pattern, and "play" with math standards.
Bats in a Cave
Make a cave from a disposable bowl by turning it upside down and cutting an arch as shown. Display a certain number of bats. Put some in the cave and ask children, "How many do you see? How many do you think are in the cave?"

I Spy Bottle!
Several years ago we were eating in a Mexican restaurant in October and there were little Halloween toys in the spice bottles. It was interesting to watch adults, children, and families at every table trying to identify the objects. I guarantee this bottle will capture your students' interest!

You will need a clear plastic bottle or jar, salt or sand, and small seasonal toys.  Fill the container 2/3 full with salt or sand. Insert the toys and then screw on the top.  Shake.
*How many objects can the children find?
*Pass around the bottle and let each child make a complete sentence starting with "I spy a..."
*Have each child repeat what the previous child says and then add something they see. 
First child: I spy a spider.
Second child: I spy a spider and a bat.
Third child: I spy a spider and a bat and a cat.
*Ask younger children to draw what they see in the bottle.
*Have older students make a list of everything they find in the bottle.
*Can they write a story using the objects in the bottle?
*Use the bottle to reward children who are working quietly or children who are resting quietly.

Make bottles for different skills or themes. You might fill a bottle with geometric shapes, magnetic letters, different colors of crayons, sight words written on cardboard, etc.