Halloween Walking on the Line
You can use a Halloween theme with a classic Montessori activity for developing grace of movement – walking on the line. Here’s an Activity of the Week post with ideas for lines and extensions you can use: Activity of the Week – Walking on the Line. When I was a Montessori teacher, we used colored electrical tape to make a circle or ellipse on the floor, although you can use whatever you want to create a line.
For Halloween, it could be fun for your child to walk on the line while carrying a pumpkin. For more advanced balancing, your child could balance a Halloween book or even a cloth or plastic pumpkin on his or her head. We had a large, soft cloth pumpkin that worked well for that.
Etiquette lessons are important any time of the year – and especially for holidays. Halloween is no exception. Demonstration with role play is probably the most effective technique for introducing and reinforcing Halloween manners.
I’d recommend pretending you’re trick-or-treating to show your child the appropriate Halloween etiquette. Here are the points I made with my own children (in wording similar to what I’d use in a demonstration):
- We only walk on sidewalks, not through yards or flower beds.
- We never go to a house with the lights off.
- If the porch light is on, I knock or ring the doorbell once and wait a bit. I don’t keep knocking or ringing the doorbell. If no one answers, I go to the next house. I don’t try to peek into the house.
- When someone answers the door, I smile and say, “Trick-or-treat!”
- If the person holds out a candy bowl or bag, I take only one piece of candy unless the person says I may take more.
- I always say, “Thank you,” after I’m given a treat. Even if I don’t like the candy, I still say, “Thank you.” I don’t say that I don’t like the candy.
- It’s always nice to say, “Happy Halloween!” at the end.
After you’ve demonstrated the appropriate trick-or-treat manners, it helps to give your child plenty of practice with trick-or-treat role playing. Your child could pretend to trick-or-treat at your house. You, a sibling, or even a doll, stuffed animal, or puppet (with your help, of course!) could give the treat. You could reverse roles as well.
Related Posts (including updates)
Grace & Courtesy Lesson: Gift Receiving by Jessie from The Education of Ours at Mommy Moment – ideas for helping your child feel comfortable saying thank you for gifts of any type.
Homeschool Halloween – more about our family traditions.
Montessori-Inspired Halloween Activities (2011) – links to lots of Montessori-inspired Halloween activities and a Pinterest board filled with Halloween activities of all types.
Montessori-Inspired Friendly Ghost Activities – my monthly post at PreK + K Sharing with ideas for friendly ghost activities and links to free printables.
Montessori-Inspired Halloween Activities (2012) – roundup of Montessori-inspired Halloween activities published since last year’s post.
Happy Halloween! 🙂
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