Monday, October 25, 2021

Free Printable Frankenstein's Monster Themed I am Feeling Drawing Prompt

Encourage kids to talk about their emotions with this free printable Halloween monster themed I am feeling drawing prompt. It is inspired by Frankenstein's monster.

Halloween can bring out lots of different emotions for kids. There's the excitement about getting candy. There's the nervousness that comes along with wearing a costume and going house to house collecting treats. There's the scary sounds and props. The list goes on and on. 

So some kids might need some extra support with their emotions at Halloween.

And that's where this free printable Frankenstein's monster themed I am feeling drawing prompt comes in.

It's a simple, low pressure activity to get kids opening up about how they're feeling this Halloween.

Free printable Halloween emotions activity inspired by Frankenstein's monster. This I am Feeling Drawing prompt is a great way to get kids talking about their emotions.

About this Frankenstein's Monster Themed I am Feeling Drawing Prompt

This activity is all about letting kids express themselves and how they are feeling by drawing their emotions. 

All they need to do is add some expressive eyes and some kind of mouth to the monster's blank face. Noses totally optional here. They can use the provided examples to draw from if they'd like or they can draw their own from scratch.

Encourage your child to explain what they're drawing and what they're feeling. Or better yet, make a comment about what you notice in their drawings. Something like, "I noticed that you drew a big smile." can go a long way to opening up the discussion here. So can a comment such as, "I wonder why this monster looks sad."

I highly recommend laminating this printable first and using dry erase markers to draw on it. Here's the laminator I use and love

If you don't have a laminator, then you can also just use clear sheet protectors, which you can usually find at the dollar store. Just slip the printable inside and voila!

Download the Free Printable I am Feeling Drawing Prompt

This one page printable includes a blank monster face to draw on. Some sample emotions are included along the sides so that your child has some inspiration for what to draw and how to draw it. Of course, they can feel free to draw other emotions as well. 

To get your copy, enter your name and email in the form below.

Want More Ideas for Teaching Emotions with Frankenstein's Monster?

This printable is a free sample from the Frankenstein's Monster Themed Emotions Pack. If you love this activity and this theme, then grab a copy of the full emotions pack below.

Frankenstein's Monster Themed Emotions Pack for Kids

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Free Halloween Word Scramble Printable for Kids

This free printable Halloween word scramble game is perfect for kids of all ages.

Word scramble games are a great activity to keep hyperlexic kids busy. I mean it is a perfect way to lean into their interest in letters while working on other skills (many of which are listed below).

And this Halloween word scramble game is no different.

All you have to do is unscramble the different Halloween vocabulary words. It's a great activity for a classroom Halloween party. Or it makes for a fun Halloween game at home before you take the kids trick-or-treating. 

So if you're looking for a little Halloween fun this year, then you'll want to grab a copy of this Halloween game. Did I mention that it's free?

Free printable Halloween word scramble for kids

Why Word Scramble Games are Good for Kids

Word scramble games are a great way for kids to work on vocabulary, spelling, language skills, working memory, problem-solving skills, writing, and so much more! There's a wide range of skills you could target here. Just get creative.

You can use free printable word scramble games like this one at home, in the classroom, or even on the road. Or you could use them in Zoom meetings for online learning (tips on how to do so here). They'd even make a great rainy day activity too!

Also, if you've been looking for other ideas on how to use your hyperlexic child's interests in letters, then word scramble games are a great fit. They definitely build off of a hyperlexic child's interest in letters. I mean the game is literally just a bunch of letters. Besides, using your hyperlexic child's interests to teach new skills is definitely something you should be doing - and something you'll hear me say a lot around here!

So anyway, if you're looking for a quick fall activity, give this Halloween word scramble for kids a try. 

Download the Free Halloween Word Scramble Printable

This printable is three pages total. Two versions of the word scramble game are included (one with a word bank and one without the word list). Each game contains 15 Halloween themed words. An answer key is also included.

To get your copy of the Halloween word scramble, enter your name and email in the form below.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Free Fall Word Scramble Printable for Kids

This free printable fall word scramble game is perfect for kids of all ages.

Word games are a favorite among hyperlexic kids. It's why something like these Scrabble math games were a favorite of my son's for like forever. As were word searches.

But one other type of word game that my son loves is word scrambles. I personally loved them as a kid too and still do enjoy them as an adult as well. So I'm super stoked that he likes them as well.

So that's where this fall word scramble comes in. It's currently fall/autumn. (Although it might not look like it at the moment with the small layer of snow I see outside my window as I type this.) We like word games. So it seemed like a no-brainer to combine the two, right?

By the way, did I mention that this fall word scramble PDF is free? It sure is!

Free printable fall word scramble for kids

Why Word Scramble Games are Good for Kids

Word scramble games are a great way for kids to work on vocabulary, spelling, language skills, working memory, problem-solving skills, writing, and so much more! There's a wide range of skills you could target here. Just get creative.

You can use free printable word scramble games like this one at home, in the classroom, or even on the road. Or you could use them in Zoom meetings for online learning (tips on how to do so here). They'd even make a great rainy day activity too!

Also, if you've been looking for other ideas on how to use your hyperlexic child's interests in letters, then word scramble games are a great fit. They definitely build off of a hyperlexic child's interest in letters. I mean the game is literally just a bunch of letters. Besides, using your hyperlexic child's interests to teach new skills is definitely something you should be doing - and something you'll hear me say a lot around here!

So anyway, if you're looking for a quick fall activity, give this fall word scramble for kids a try. 

Download the Free Fall Word Scramble Printable

This printable is three pages total. Two versions of the word scramble game are included (one with a word bank and one without the word list). Each game contains 13 fall themed words. An answer key is also included.

To get your copy of the fall word scramble, enter your name and email in the form below.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Best Pumpkin Sensory Bins for Kids

Looking for pumpkin sensory bins for kids? Well, try these awesome pumpkin sensory bin activities! They're great for toddlers and preschoolers.

Between Thanksgiving (the Canadian one at least!) and Halloween, October is the perfect month for doing all of the pumpkin theme activities. That might mean carving a pumpkin or two together. Or it might mean a trip to the pumpkin patch, some pumpkin pie (yum!), and/or enjoying a little pumpkin sensory play.

It's that last part that we're obviously going to focus on here. The title does say pumpkin sensory bins after all.

Below you will find lots of great pumpkin sensory play ideas to keep toddlers and preschoolers busy. I focused primarily on bins that used pumpkin manipulatives or real pumpkins versus ones that showed you how to make pumpkin spiced fillers like cloud dough and whatnot. That would have made this list gigantic otherwise!

Pumpkin sensory bins for kids

Your Kids are Going to Love these Pumpkin Sensory Bins!

1. Acorn & Pumpkin Sensory Bin with Water (pictured below and in collage) - Super simple to set up, but loads of fun. Perfect for kids who love to scoop and pour.

Acorn & pumpkin sensory bin with water

2. Pumpkin Scoop Sensory Bin from Happy Toddler Playtime - Similar to my sensory bin above, but with real mini pumpkins. My kids would love this!

3. Pumpkin Wash Sensory Bin from Busy Toddler - Bubbles, water, pumpkins. Need I say more? My nieces just tried this activity out on Thanksgiving weekend and had a blast. It's so simple, yet engaging.

4. Washing Pumpkins Sensory Bin from Elated Momma (pictured in collage) - This activity expands on the idea above. However, instead of just using soapy water, this activity uses colorful soap foam (a favorite around here!). So it provides a neat texture alongside the pumpkins.

5. Pumpkin Guts Sensory Bin from Childhood Beckons - This activity is exactly what you think it is...The inside of a pumpkin as a sensory bin! While it might get a bit messy and many kids might not enjoy the texture, it looks like tons of fun! Plus, it's a great way to reuse the waste when it's pumpkin carving time.

6. Pumpkin & Kinetic Sand Sensory Bin from 3 Dinosaurs - We're huge fans of kinetic sand around here. It's just one of those sensory bin fillers that is great for kids of all ages. This activity pairs it with some little acrylic pumpkins, which happen to be perfect for stamping in the kinetic sand too.

7. Letter Pumpkin Sensory Bin from Planning Playtime - The inclusion of letters in this sensory activity make it perfect for hyperlexic kids. I also love the creative DIY pumpkins that were used for this idea.

8. Pumpkins & Oobleck from Busy Toddler - Here's another messy sensory activity to try, if you're up for it.

9. Mini Pumpkin Scented Sensory Play from Fun-A-Day! - Here's an adorable fall twist on my rainbow dyed chickpeas. I love that they're scented too!

10. Pumpkin Boats Fall Sensory Play from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls - I think this idea is so adorable and perfect for kids who love boats. It's also a great way to explore science concepts.

11. Pumpkin Sensory Bin with Rice from 3 Dinosaurs - This activity is super easy to set up. It uses plain white rice so no extra prep or setup required.

12. Harvesting Pumpkins Sensory Bin from Preschool Toolkit - Your hyperlexic kid will love that numbers are included in this activity.

13. Sight Word Pumpkin Path Sensory Bin from Simple Fun for Kids (pictured in collage) - I love the combination of textures and colors in this bin. It looks so inviting! Plus, the words will make it extra enticing for hyperlexic kids. Too bad there isn't a free printable included.

14. Pumpkin Path Sensory Bin from Views from a Step Stool - Such a cute way to bring the pumpkin patch indoors at home.

15. 3 Pumpkin Sensory Bins (& Other Activities) from Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten - If you scroll down, you'll find 3 different sensory bins to try. There's one that has black and orange shredded paper as the base. There's another that uses glowing water beads. And then there's one with black beans. All of them look awesome!

16. 5 Little Pumpkins Sensory Bin from I Heart Crafty Things - This bin is great for working on fine motor skills.

17. Pumpkin Sorting Sensory Activity from Fun-A-Day! - Work on color sorting with another fun twist on my rainbow dyed chickpeas. This activity is great for working on fine motor skills!

18. Pumpkin Patch Sensory Bin for Matching from Life Over C's - I like that there is a specific purpose for this activity so the items included are selected intentionally.

19. Edible Pumpkin Patch Sensory Bin from Our Five Ring Circus - This activity is perfect for kids who are still in the mouthing stage or like to chew on everything (even beyond the toddler years!). I also love the base for this sensory bin.

20. Pumpkin Water Bead Sensory Bin from 3 Dinosaurs - I love the contrast between the clear water beads and the colorful pumpkins in this activity. Looks fun!

21. Pumpkin Patch Small World Sensory Play from Buggy and Buddy - This pumpkin activity is great for imaginative play. The kids will love telling stories with it while playing.

22. Muddy Pumpkin Patch Sensory Play from Nerdy Mamma - This idea is cute and I bet it smells amazing!

Which one of these pumpkin sensory bins are you going to try out first? Are you going to start simple or try something messy? Either way, have fun!

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