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Monster Mash Addition

Something about fall gets our creative juices flowing, and what a perfect time of year to incorporate this whimsical holiday into your classroom.  Whether it be through parties, centers, or instruction there are tons of great ideas brewing out there! We just love these monster cookies from Lil Luna. We created a math activity that incorporates this sweet treat. Combine this with the newly release movie Monsters University and you have an instant afternoon of Halloween fun for your students.

Monster Mash Cookies


  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Mix in cake mix. Divide batter into bowls for the amount of colors you want.
  3. Add food coloring to each individual bowl and mix until all combined ( I used Wilton gel coloring).
  4. Chill for 1 hour
  5. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  6. Place on greased cookie sheet and pat down a bit.
  7. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes
  8. After cooking, add candy eyeballs while cookies are still warm.
Recipe from: Lil Luna

 Take these yummy treats and turn them into an instant math lesson, review number words, color words and addition with our fun worksheet below. Just give students 4 cookies, have them draw their cookie then write down the color and number of eyes each one has. Using their cookies have them come up with 4 different addition problems and write them on their paper. When they are done have them create their own monster and then describe how many eyes it has as well as the color. 
Your students will love this yummy math lesson.

Click HERE to get your Free Copy of this activity

Check out MONSTERS UNIVERSITY out now on DVD.

Have students watch closely and try to tally how many monsters they see that are blue, pink, green, yellow etc.
Have students tally the number of eyes they see throughout the movie
Have students pick one monster and record adjectives to describe that monster

Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween with tons of Monster fun!


Tree of Life

My first graders are in the thick of a unit on living and non-living things.  This Tree of Life project was a perfect break for my little arborists to take what they've learned about plants, trees, and more specifically tree rings and turn it into a little auto-biography project.  Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store for a free printable with directions for this fun science and writing project.


Pumpkin Time!

Fall is in full swing what better time to talk pumpkins. We have rounded up a few colorful and fun ways to incorporate pumpkins into your classroom this fall. Check out a few of our favorite ideas below. To see more be sure to follow us on Pinterest.

Growing Pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin, great way to learn about plants and what plants need. You can also incorporate a quick lesson on where we get our food from from farm to the table and everywhere in between. 

Have students make their own healthy pumpkin snack using celery and a clementine orange....yum!

Pumpkin printing with pool noodles, great for an independent art center or for little hands just learning to paint.

Who doesn't love a little glitter??? Well custodians probably...but little ones love it. Use a glue water mixture to cover a small pumpkin, have students sprinkle on their favorite color of glitter.

Use paper strips to make these adorable pumpkins, great for a 3D bulletin board display.

If you are looking for a little Halloween fun for reading check out our 5 little Pumpkins mini book. Review basic sights words, adjectives and number words with this cute holiday themed mini book. Ideal for small reading groups.


Five Little Pumpkins

One of our favorite Halloween books around our house is Five Little Pumpkins by Ben Mantle.  We read it often, and recite it throughout the day.  My little pumpkin who is three has a short attention span when it comes to Mommy and Me craft projects.  He is an active boy who wants to go, go, go.  He enjoys projects, but they need to be quick, gratifying, and something he can complete with lots of independence.
This pumpkin project made it through his checklist.  First, he painted his knuckles with orange paint.  He used his knuckles to represent the five pumpkins.  Then he dipped his fingertips in green and brown paint to make the stem and leaves of the pumpkins.  Finally, he made a fence for his pumpkins to perch on by using a Q-Tip to make vertical and horizontal lines. 
Quick Halloween project for him, long term keepsake for mama!  Win, win!

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