Autumn poems

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By Sara Fox

Sara Fox’s brilliant poems and activities cover everything autumnal – from the beautiful sights and sounds of nature to the delights of Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.


Halloween Treats – Activities

Spooky Word Bank

Read the poem to inspire a discussion about children’s own experiences of Halloween. (This may need to be done with sensitivity and caution, depending on your setting. There may be some children in your class who are not allowed to take part in Halloween activities. In this case, the discussion could be related to general parties and dressing-up.)

As the children share their experiences, make a bank of spooky words. These words can be displayed on bright pieces of card and inside ‘zig-zaggy’ shapes, in the style of the Meg and Mog story books. These words can be added to a display board or put inside a cauldron, in writing, reading or role-play areas.

Spooky Spells and Magic Mixtures

Children can follow magic spells or make up magic mixtures of their own at the messy table. A set of plastic cauldrons, spoons for stirring and measuring and a variety of Halloween-related items could inspire the spookiest of spells. The children can begin by following simple spells using items made of plastic or card etc. For example: Add 2 spiders, 3 toads, a spoonful of goo and a sprinkle of magic dust (glitter).

Spooky Counting Pictures

Halloween shaped sponges or stencils can be used to make a spooky counting display. Paintings can be clearly labelled by an adult with numbers and words. For example: 1 pointy hat, 2 flappy bats, 3 wriggly spiders, 4 magic wands…

Halloween Treats
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children can have fun following simple recipes to make Halloween treats such as ghosts made from fondant icing, biscuits decorated with pumpkins or pots of scary jelly.

With a dressing-up box filled with spooky costumes such as witches, wizards, cats and bats, children could take it in turns to ‘rat a tat tat’ at the home corner door and wish each other a happy Halloween. This could be modelled by an adult to encourage politeness and good manners.

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