Each year we try to post 1 -2 new Halloween Art Activities because is a ton of language opportunities in art and even more in Halloween art!
At office we do A TON of art with all of our kids……but each kid is working on different skills. These skills include: vocabulary skills, theme related vocabulary skills, fine motor skills, following written directions, following verbal directions from teachers, following verbal directions from peers, sequencing skills, preposition skills, problem solving skills, visual spatial skills, a handful of social communication skills (i.e.: making choices, asking for help, taking turns, requesting, commenting and much more), and so much more!!
In our blog today we want to show you all the great things you can work on while making a Halloween Ghost!!!
First things first…..you need to get all your supplies:
White Tissue Paper
Any visuals you want to use during this activity
Example: Many of our kids need to see an example of what they are doing so that they can 1) understand what they are doing and 2) help them put everything together. For younger kids you many only need 1 example but for some older kids if you are working on them making “different” ghosts then you may want to have a few examples.
Before you start make sure you have all your pieces cut out and ready to go or have templates for your kids to cut out: eyes, mouths, etc.
Visuals -- make sure that you have your visuals for the activity ready to go.
Remember the MORE prepared you are the easier the activity will flow – which means you will be able to hit all your target areas!
Now it’s time to play and create your ghosts. Remember you can get creative and make different colored ghosts!
Next let’s talk about all the GREAT Concepts/Skills you can work each day:
As an SLP we are not OT’s so we are not “teaching them their fine motor skills” but we can help them with this skill and support what their OT is working on (collaborating with other professionals is always a must). For our kids that have difficulty coloring/gluing/tracing/cutting…..this activity may be hard. For these kids we sing/chant while we color and glue about what we are doing such as “squeeze squeeze squeeze -- squeeze squeeze squeeze -- squeeze squeeze squeeze – squeeze the glue out” (with the liquid glue). We also take turns coloring/cutting/tracing/gluing. By taking turns with your child this helps increase their attention to the activity, understanding of the skill, and much more!
Beginning Social Communication Skills
They can work on making choices for different color eyes/mouths or different shapes such as: “black eyes or blue eyes”, “circle eyes or square eyes”, and more. requesting “I want the blue ghost”; asking for help “help”, “help open”, “help open glue”; taking turns “my turn”, “it’s your turn”, “it’s Manda’s turn”, “my turn glue”; directing attention “look”, “wow look at the colors”; commenting “wow”, “cool”, “I like….” and more.
Social Pragmatic Skills
Here are a few ways to turn this simple activity into a more social activity with peers: 1) have the children work together in pairs and take turns; 2) have the children work in pairs focusing on one child doing the activity and one child in charge of the supplies….this way they have to request/listen/respond to their peers…..then they can switch; 3) have 2 or more make a few together where they make a “group plan” on how they are going to color each coffee filter and then follow through with their plan; and more.
If your kids are not yet ready to work in pairs then doing parallel play but working on pausing and giving compliments is a great way to work on monitoring our peers, listening to our peers and more. When we work on compliments we first work on the phrase “I like + object” such as “I like your cool ghost”. Next we work on “why” such as “I like + object, because….” Such as “I like your ghost because it’s cool!”. Next we work on giving a compliment on our peers “actions” and combining the information from above such as “I like the way you cut out a silly ghost face, it’s so cool!”
Following Direction Skills
You can have the kids complete this activity by following written directions, visual directions, verbal directions from the teacher and even verbal directions from their peers.
One of our favorite things to work on is “how tos” where the kids create the activity, then they tell their partner “how to” create the same activity (the goal for it to look the exact same) using their words only. A lot of our kids do a great job when they can use their actions…..but when they use their words only this opens up the door for us to work on helping them understand communication breakdowns and repair them.
If your child is working on story telling or story writing then you can have them create a story to go along with their monster!
For some of our kids at the end of the month we use all the art they made and have them create a Haunted House in the therapy room – they LOVE this.
We hope that you enjoy making Ghosts with your kids as much as we do!
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