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I have talked about my love of Halloween every season for a period of five years on this blog and what has changed is that I now get to put together fun events for an entire classroom instead of just for our family and friends. I certainly remember celebrating Halloween at school in a variety of ways, from learning bone-chilling fun songs in music to making our own face masks, so I like that Brooke’s school gets into the spirit. This year, I was able to put together an awesome list of Halloween items for Brooke’s first grade class and it was really awesome and rewarding. I took into consideration what I thought were great crafts and items for kids to be able to take home and use if their families didn’t have extra money to spend on Halloween. I also wanted to add educational items and learning incentives to incorporate into the Halloween theme which was possible through the company, Oriental Trading. The budget was approximately $75, so I definitely made the most with that amount and I think I put together a great list of items perfect for the classroom!
First, here is the list of items that I put together and all the items are available for purchase at OrientalTrading.com:
- Decorate-a-Pumpkin Notepads IN-13703045 (24) $12.50
- Pom-Pom Ghost Ornament Craft Kit IN-13660098 (12) $3.48×2= 6.96
- Color Your Own Day of the Dead Masks IN-13606990 (12) $5.29×2= 10.58
- Magic Color Scratch Halloween Shapes IN-48/3810 (24) $6.99
- Halloween Treasure Chest Toy Assortment IN-25/2321 $19.99
- “Boo Bunch” Halloween Pencils IN-25/6229 (24) $ 3.48
- Halloween Character Totes IN-13707256 (6) $5.98 x3= 17.94
Total = $78.44
Halloween notepads are a perfect way to encourage kids in the classroom to write! These Decorate-a-Pumpkin Notepads are awesome as Halloween party favors or as candy-alternative goodies for treat-or-treaters. These spiral ring mini notepads (3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) come in a unit of 2 dozen with 19 blank pages and 1 sheet of Halloween-themed stickers.
How about adding some international Halloween excitement for your kiddos? The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that begins on Halloween and Color Your Own Day of the Dead Masks come in a 12-pack and can inspire a child’s Halloween costume. The masks include an elastic band to fit on a child’s head and kids can creatively color their sugar skull masks to personalize their own mask.
Looking for an unBOOlievably cute Halloween craft for a kid’s Halloween party at school or at home? The Pom-Pom Ghost Ornament Craft Kits are a fun way to make homemade Halloween decorations. Each set includes enough kits for 12 kids and includes self-adhesive foam pieces, pom-poms, wiggle eyes, and satin cords to make an adorable (3″ x 5″) ghost. All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use and the kits include instructions and extra pieces.
First graders sometimes need encouragement to write and Oriental Trading’s “Boo Bunch” pencils do just the trick. These Halloween-themed pencils are perfect to pass out in the classroom or for trick-or-treaters! Each Halloween “Boo Bunch” has a design kids will love and includes pictures of mummies, werewolfs, green monsters, vampires and jack-o’-lantern characters. The pencils have #2 lead.
Looking for a Halloween toy treasure chest to offer incentives to your students? Oriental Trading’s Halloween Treasure Chest Toy Assortment comes with a 12″ cardboard chest and a 100 piece assortment set of Halloween toys that any child will love. Simple assembly is required for the treasure box and it is fun to load up the box with all of the Halloween goodies.
With all the Halloween goodies, a child needs a place to keep track of them! Oriental Trading’s Halloween Character Totes are great for trick-or-treating, carrying around your Halloween supplies, or to use as favor holders at your Halloween party! Each pack has perfectly sized six vinyl totes (12″ x 14″ with 8 1/2″ handles) and comes with assorted Halloween designs.
Want a magical Halloween craft than look no further than the Magic Color Scratch Halloween Shapes. Kids can create their own messages and designs with their shapes by scratching the surface to reveal beautiful colors underneath. This is a great activity for ages 5 and up and is a perfect for Halloween parties and classroom projects. Each unit comes with 24 Halloween themed shapes such as a bat, ghost or pumpkin and kids can scratch out their design and hang them up as a Halloween decoration. The kit comes with 24 shapes, 12 scratching tools and 24 satin ribbons.
My Thoughts: While I am always impressed with the quality and quantity of my Oriental Trading purchases, I was also excited with how fun and useful the selection is for Halloween themed items for the classroom through Oriental Trading’s website. It’s great to be able to provide creative crafts, Halloween totes, learning incentives, and fun masks for kids to celebrate the season while encouraging writing and even some international learning about different ways another country celebrates the fall season. Oriental Trading is a wonderful source for classroom materials and it’s an easy way to get kid’s even more excited about Halloween that they may not even realize they are also learning at the same time. Goal!
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