Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

I just love everything about fall. Apple picking, pumpkin farms, and of course trick or treating. I can't wait to dress Madelynn up and take her out  Trick or Treating this year now that she'll actually be able to run around on her own, but that's still a few weeks away. So for now I'm  super excited to share an awesome weekend of Teaching Tricks and Treats with you!  There are a ton of amazing teachers linked up over at The Elementary Entourage to share their tricks and treats with you too!
 If you are planning a fun classroom party for Halloween, (or really any holiday) you know how crazy excited the kids can get. And sometimes all of that chaos can get out of hand and you'll do anything for a few minutes of calm to regain your sanity.  Well that's why I almost always have a go to quiet activity planned for party days. Now don't worry, quiet doesn't have to = no fun because my kiddos LOVE to play BINGO especially when prizes are involved.  But finding and prepping a bingo game sometimes can be a hassle so here is how I quickly create a bingo game for anything I need.

1. Print out blank bingo boards for each student.
2. Give each student a sheet of paper with squares filled with the content you want to use.  For Halloween this may be fun Halloween clip art, or for normal days you might use numbers, letters, sight words etc.  You can create and print them on the computer in a simple 5x5 table. Or you can use a copy of the blank bingo board, hand write your content and copy it.
3. Students cut out the squares and glue them onto their boards randomly so every board is different. This saves a million hours of creating 30 randomized bingo boards for your kiddos and has the added bonus of a little quiet fine motor practice.
**Full Disclosure: I am insanely OCD about my kiddos cutting skills, because it makes me crazy when it takes them an hour to cut out each individual square.  We use Words Their Way sorts so my kids have to cut out the word sorts every week. I use this as an opportunity to teach them these quick cutting strategies. #1-Cut all of the white paper around the outside of the square off.  #2-Cut down the long straight lines of each row to create strips.  #3-Snip each strip along the short lines to finish off the little squares.  Also I teach my kids to put all of their pieces in their crayon box as they go, so they don't get mixed up with their friends, fall on the floor, or get eaten by the mysterious paper monster. Am I crazy? Please tell me someone else puts this much thought into cutting in a kindergarten classroom?

Okay I digress...thanks for sticking with me people. On to what you really want, your treats!
First up, I have these free bingo board templates and cards for you all ready to go for Halloween as well as generic letter and number recognition.  You can grab those here:
 
Next, I am throwing a little sale on all of my Fall themed items. You can grab these and more great items at 20% through Sunday here:










And finally a little giveaway! Enter below to win a $25 gift card to TPT so you can treat yourself with a fun shopping spree!
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Now don't forget to check out all of the other amazing Tricks and Treats waiting for you from my blogging buddies :)


35 comments

  1. We don't celebrate Halloween in our school but this little bingo thing is so stinking' cute - I'll use it at some other point in the year when I get back to teaching..haha!

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  2. This is my first year teaching, so I don't know what to expect. I do know we have red ribbon week that week, so I'm sure it's going to be wild!

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  3. We are allowed a "fall party" planned by room parents.

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  4. Unfortunately, we are NOT allowed to celebrate Halloween. We must stick to fall & harvest themes.

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  5. I am also insane about cutting. I'm all: "look friends..ONE PIECE of trash!" This usually helps them get going trying to cut quickly!

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  6. Our Hallowe'en celebrations are pretty low key - we have a black and orange day and I do fun things in my class with my students but we don't do anything as a whole school

    Christina
    Hanging Around In Primary

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  7. In our school, we do an Autumn Activities Day on Halloween where we complete crafts and other activities in rotating stations. My school also does a Trunk or Treat, where the kids come at night time to school (but not on Halloween night, usually a few nights before), and parent volunteers decorate their car trunks with Halloween decor and kids go trick or treating from car to car at the school.

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  8. We have "Harvest Parties" and celebrate the season.

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  9. We have a Halloween parade and set up a pumpkin patch on our grass field to pick pumpkins!

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  10. We are not allowed to celebrate, so I usually just do a movie or something fall themed.

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  11. Kids wear costumes to school, and we have a Halloween parade around the school grounds. Always very well attended by parents!

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  12. We usually have an early release day so we have a parade and then our party! It's such a quick day!

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  13. We aren't allowed to celebrate Halloween in school.

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  14. We do a storybook parade. The kids have a blast!

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  15. I love the bingo cards! Thank you!

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  16. We have a book character day. The students dress up as a book character and then talk about the character they dressed up as and the book they are from.

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  17. Thanks for the bingo game! This will be a great game to play the Friday before Halloween!

    Amber
    PeppyZestyTeacherista

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  18. Thanks so much!
    How do I know what number follower I am on TPT, if I've been following previous to this contest?
    :)

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  19. We do not celebrate Halloween at our school, instead we celebrate pumpkin day!

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  20. We do not celebrate Halloween but we instead have a "Character book parade". Students come dressed as their favorite character from a book and they carry it with them in the parade.

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  21. We have a big harvest festival on a Friday night in October. The PTA sponsors it. There are bouncy houses, various games, food and trunk or treat activities.

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  22. We do a Halloween party with costumes, and go in the gym for a parade of costumes for PreK-5th.

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  23. We just do a class party. The students do not wear costumes at all to school.

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  24. We are unable to have a party but the PTA has a fall festival. We also talk about spiders and bats with no mention of Halloween.

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  25. I'm so excited about that Halloween Bingo! It's perfect to include in our Harvest Party activities. So excited to join you over at the Elementary Entourage. ^_^

    The Super Sparkly Teacher

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  26. We have a parade and a pumpkin patch

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  27. We learn all about pumpkins and jack-o-lanters, spiders, and bats. :) I like to introduce my students to new experiences. Many of my students (or their parents) immigrated here. The joy on their faces is contagious!

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  28. We don't celebrate Halloween :( Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. we have a party in the classroom, and a school parade.

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  30. We celebrate with a costume parade! Thank you for the opportunity!

    Ha :)
    Happy Days in First Grade

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  31. We don't celebrate Halloween at our school. We have a fall party.

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  32. We don't celebrate Halloween at my school. We have red ribbon week and we decorated our doors to scare away drugs. The kids dress up as what they want to be when they grow up.Thanks for all the treats!

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  34. Our school district ALWAYS schedules a half day PD on Halloween:) The kiddos come in costume (most teachers too), we have a neighborhood parade, come back to the classroom. During the parade, our classroom has been transformed into party central by parent volunteers. We have our party with games, crafts, snacks, etc. until 11:30 and then we send them all home. The afternoon gives us teachers time to collaborate and get ready for Parent Teacher Conferences.

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