Halloween Craft Fun!
Halloween is a fun time of year! It is great for decorating, make believe and crafting! I found this fun Halloween Craft Monster on Pinterest. I make it a bit differently than the website, using some different materials (Warning: I use a glue gun, but a glue stick should work as well), but it is a fun craft to make and can be used in speech therapy for many different targets.
FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS USING THIS HALLOWEEN CRAFT
To make this craft, a child can follow directions.
Empty tissue box
Paint or different coloured construction paper/foam shapes
Construction paper for teeth
Glue gun or glue stick
Here is an example of some 2 step Directions you could use,
- Choose a tissue box and take out the plastic part.
- Choose some eyes and choose some teeth.
- Glue on one eye and the bottom teeth.
- Choose some spots for your monster, then glue on another eye.
- Glue on 3 spots, then glue on the top teeth.
This can continue until the child has used up the supplies. I recommend having the child choose the supplies first, before starting to glue or the craft might never end!!
USING THE HALLOWEEN CRAFT MONSTER TO TARGET SPEECH SOUNDS
When your Halloween Craft Monster is completed, you can draw and cut out and/or write out your child’s speech sound targets onto squares of paper. With the target words face down, the child/children can flip one over, say the sound/word/phrase/sentence and have the monster EAT IT!!! This can be used any time of year, but I find Monsters are a big hit at this spooky time!
Enjoy this spooky time and have fun creating, and imagining with your children!
PRETEND PLAY WITH YOUR HALLOWEEN CRAFT MONSTER
Halloween is the one time of year that you get to be someone else. This can be something funny or scary, whatever your heart desires! When you pretend play with your children they are learning so many wonderful things including lots of new language. Describing words like spooky, haunted, and slimy are just a few that we use around SpeechWorks at this time of year!! Imagining what might happen if your monster had no teeth or had 8 eyes can help develop your child’s inference and predicting skills. I like to have puppet shows and create stories that can help develop sequencing skills. Pretend play also gets your child to imagine and this skill in itself can help your child in all aspects of life including problem solving and reasoning. I can’t wait to hear about your monster adventures!
Lynsey Wilson is a Communication Disorders assistant with experience treating a wide range of clients with varying ages and disorders. She also has her Early Childhood Educator certificate and specializes in working with pediatric clients. Lynsey enjoys working with a variety of age groups to keep her on her toes!