Halloween in kindergarten is so much fun! Candy, pumpkins, costumes, excited students- October has it all! Why not add more to the fun with some amazing Halloween STEM activities? It’s the perfect holiday to incorporate science experiments with creatures, oozing, and magic! Keep reading for some of the best ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
It can be hard to keep your students focused this month. They have Halloween on their minds and can hardly contain their excitement. Keep your kinders engaged during learning by bringing Halloween & STEM INTO the classroom! Check out some of the best Halloween STEM activities to do in school below.
More Halloween Ideas:
- Halloween Movement Songs
- Halloween Costumes for Teachers
- Halloween Costume Story Free Printable
- Halloween Books for Kinder
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What does STEM mean, anyway?
STEM is a multi-sensory way of teaching that lets students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Adding in an A for STEAM incorporates art as well. It’s important in kindergarten especially because it helps children develop critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. They should also be encouraged to talk and write about their ideas, predictions, and observations.
Halloween STEM Activities
Halloween is a great time to incorporate STEM into your classroom! Here are just a few amazing ideas:
October Morning Bin Task Boxes
If you’re looking for something perfect for the entire month, look no further! These bins are FULL of hands-on STEM activities that are fun and engaging. October has a bonus Halloween section that includes snap cube objects, spooky cutting skills, geoboards, pop poms, and more! Use them for morning work, early finishers, or in small groups- perfect for when you want some extra literacy or STEM practice. Check them out here!
Halloween Lava Lamps
This STEAM activity will completely amaze your students! Make Halloween lava lamps using only a few affordable materials! Click here to read all the directions and details!
Candy Pumpkin Towers
Halloween candy, math, science, and problem-solving. What more could you ask for this month? Your students will love building their own towers out of candy, and you will love that they need to use critical thinking and prediction skills to complete them! Head here to read all about how to do them!
Even more fun activities below!
Halloween Minute to Win It Games
All of these fun games are perfect STEM activities! You can do them during your class party, for a class reward, or just as an exciting science day! Read all the game details here!
Haunted Milk Experiment
You’ll only need a few ingredients for this not-so-spooky “haunted milk” STEM activity where the colors seem to move around on their own, just like a ghost. Your students will learn all about colors, mixing, predictions, and more! Head here to read the details and directions.
Pumpkin Game Activity Book
Share Your Halloween STEM Experiences
We hope you love all these STEM and STEAM activities for Halloween! Share pictures when you complete them and be sure to tag #simplykinder on Instagram! Have any other great experiments or ideas in mind? Let us know on the Simply Kinder Teacher Group on Facebook! Happy teaching and Happy Halloween!
This post was written by Johanna, an experienced early elementary teacher who loves learning about new teaching ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!