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Give all of your activities a spooky twist with our free printable Halloween activities for kindergarten like this Werewolf Spin and Cover Letters. Your students will be howling for more capital letter recognition games in no time!
There’s always a nervousness around school when the full moon appears, and in no month is this more terrifying than October. Halloween dominates the month, and your students will spend multiple weekends dressed up trick or treating for candy. It can feel almost impossible to keep them engaged and on task at this time of year, so as the old saying goes: if you can’t beat them, join them!
Teaching Letter Recognition
The rise of more preschool programs across the country means that some of your kindergarten students will come in knowing some of their letters. However, it will still fall on you to work your way through the alphabet at the start of the year to build their letter recognition skills. At the start of each letter, you’ll do plenty of hands-on activities such as tracing and mark making to help them build muscle memory for each shape. This werewolf spin and cover letters game is a good activity to do as you build up the alphabet. There are 5 capital letter recognition games to play as you go through the alphabet, and you can easily combine spin and cover letters as you teach each letter.
Free Printable Halloween Activities for Kindergarten
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Extension Activities For Capital Letter Recognition Games
Your students will quickly master this Halloween letter game. They need a paper clip and a pencil to make the spinner work, and then a series of counters or small objects to cover up the copies of each letter as it gets spun. To extend their learning, try some of these werewolf spin and cover letters activities:
Make larger play mats – the base version of this spin and cover letters game has 5 sequential letters on each mat. Make the game harder by combining mats, either through some creative photocopying or by creating a larger game mat with more letters. This will put your students’ capital letter recognition to the test.
Make it a scavenger hunt – any time you can introduce movement into your kindergarten academic periods, everyone wins. To make this Halloween letter game into a full scale scavenger hunt, print multiple copies of one page and cut all the individual letters out. Hide them around your classroom and have students race to mark all the instances of each letter as you call it out.
Play call out – finally, you can also add some social skills to these free printable Halloween activities for kindergarten. Cut up the game board so that one player has all the letters while their partner has the spinner. The partner with the spinner calls out the letter, and their partner has to cover all the instances of the letter as quickly as possible. You can then have them switch roles, or continue in that configuration until all the letters have been covered up.