Emotional Pumpkins

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Since we teach English Through Art, it’s not always easy to create a good balance between teaching English, allowing enough room for the kids to be creative and experiencing different artistic techniques.  This project was a good one clear idea: creating pumpkins that showed various emotions-not too complicated on the English, the kids could get creative by drawing the emotions they chose and the shape of a pumpkin is pretty generic so they could experience watercolors without struggling too much with how to draw.

To learn the emotions we did several games before actually rolling up our sleeves and getting to work each session. We used the cards below we played memory, charades and pictionary.  Click on the link for our pumpkin emotions crossword puzzle.

flip flop cards 2We also had contests trying to create different emotions using our pumpkin game, the first few times we asked them to do which emotions to do and after a while they had fun experimenting and have each other guess what they were doing.  Before beginning to paint, the kids used the game to create emotions and then sketch them – taking careful notice at how the eyes, mouth and eyebrows had to be placed in order to convey the emotion they wanted to do.

IMG_2190When we finally dove in, we first divided a large paper into 4 sections and the kids used a black crayon to draw their Emotional Pumpkins.  They were instructed to draw 1 pumpkin and 1 emotion per section and to do the pumpkin as large as they could, but they had to stay inside the confines of the space and they had to try and use their sketches.  Using water colors the kids had to shade from dark to light inside each segment of each pumpkin to give the pumpkins more dimension.  This was a real challenge – trying to control a very spontaneous medium.  There was one more challenge to this project – the kids were only given primary colors to paint with, so all of the other colors had to be mixed.  (This was not the first project mixing water colors, otherwise I think I would cut this step out so as not to get too overwhelming).   They did great and had a lot of fun.

IMG_2272The final step was to have the kids talk about how their pumpkins were feeling. We were really proud of them, I think they were surprised at how much they learned.

Monster Coat Hanger (or scarf hanger or note hanger or anything hanger)

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We read the story of The Gruffalo at this workshop, so time to do a craft was pretty limited – but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun.  The kids made these really silly monster coat hangers.

Here’s what you will need:

  • a piece of cardboard or wood panel
  • paint
  • a paint brush
  • a pencil
  • a clothespin
  • glue
  • a paperclip or something to hang your monster from

Step 1: sketch out your monster in pencil.  (We used cardboard for the sake of cost, but a small wood panel would work even better)

Step 2: glue on the clothespin.

Step 3; paint in the monster.

Step 4: after the monster is dry, attach your paperclip to the back and hang on a wall.

Pretty simple and yet still really cool!

Thanks to Mr Printables.com for this really fun idea!

Halloween Slam

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It’s Halloween Slam!
Preparation: print one copy of each card, laminate and cut out.

To play:  each player is dealt 3 small character cards and they are placed face up in front of him.  The dealer holds the big cards.  All players begin with their hands behind their back and then the dealer flips a big card face up into the center of the players.  The first player to see one of his characters on the big card, slaps his hand on top of the card and says ‘slam’  If the card is there, the player may turn his character card over.  If the player makes a mistake and slams his hand, but his character isn’t on the big card, he receives a penalty of another character card to look for.  Only the first person to slam down his hand may wind that round and turn over his character card.  The first player to turn over all his character cards wins the game!

Happy Halloween and Happy slamming!

Feeling a Little Like Playing an Emotion Game?

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You’ve now played Build A Monster and Emotions Memory, so you’re probably an expert at body parts and feelings. We’ve now combined the two and kicked it up a notch with The Pumpkin Emotion Game! (Yes, we know we weren’t very creative on the name, if you have a better one, please be sure to tell us)!

Pumpkins for the face:

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Parts of the face:Your choice of die:or

To get started:

  1. Download and print enough pumpkins for each player.  Cut the sheet in half to separate the pumpkins.
  2. Download and print the sheet with the parts of the face (or make up your own from construction paper). Cut out the parts of the face. ( If you are laminating, laminate the sheet first then cut out the parts).
  3. Download and print 1 die (either the one with pictures or the one with words). Cut out and glue together.
  4. Download and print a sheet from the Emotions Memory (either the one with pictures or the one with words).  Cut into squares.

Now you are ready to play!  The object of the game is to complete a jack o lantern with the correct emotion on his face. The Instructions:

  1. Put the pumpkins and facial parts into the center.
  2. Put the emotions squares face side down and each player chooses out one.(The extras can be removed while the game is being played).
  3. Decide who goes first. The first player rolls. She must say what she has rolled and then may take 1 of the according piece from the center pile.  (i.e. if she rolls an eye, the she takes 1 eye).
  4. The asterisk may be played in two ways – if rolled, that player gets nothing or if rolled, that player may choose a piece of his choice.
  5. The first player to complete a whole jack o lantern face with the correct emotion wins.

Have fun!

Halloween Bingo

It’s Halloween Bingo!  The print off the cards and markers.  Cut the cards in half and then cut each of the markers out.  In order to encourage language and vocabulary, we play bingo a little differently.

  • Each player gets a card, except the Caller.
  • The markers are put into a bag and mixed up.
  • The Caller pulls out a marker, says what it is and shows it.  All players that have that character or object on their card, raise their hands and repeat back the name. The first person who does this, gets the marker to cover that same space on their card. (Only this person gets to cover a space).
  • Be careful…Any player that calls out a character or object that is not on his card, not only does not get that marker, but also must lose one of his markers on his card.
  • The first one to cover all the spaces on his card shouts ‘Halloween Bingo’ and wins that round of the game.  The winner becomes the caller.

Good luck and have lots of fun!

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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything is a fun and not too scary story, just right for Halloween.  The little old lady is followed by various articles of clothing, but she is not afraid!  She comes up with a good compromise when they realize they just can’t scare her.  It’s a great books for ESL, because it teaches clothing and there is a lot of repetition and  fun sounds to make.

You know we love our dice games, so here is another one for you.

 First you will need to cut and glue the die together.You play just like the Five Little Pumpkins game, but this time we’ve gotten a little more clever, you can just print off the sayings and rules all together. If the sentences are too hard for your child, you can always modify them to the basics.  For example tou can say just the article of clothing with the movement or just the sound with the movement, eventually building up to the whole sentence. You will need an orange and a black face painting pencil to play this game.

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Yummy Mummies

Making Mummy Dogs is not only fun, but yummy too!

You will need:     hot dogs     filo dough     pine nuts      toothpicks

1)  Cut the hot dogs along the length and width (so they will be half as long and then flat on one side).

2) Cut the filo dough into thin strips

3) Wrap the strips of filo dough around the hot dog.

4)  Poke the pine nuts into the hot dogs for eyes (make sure you poke them all the way in or they will pop out when they bake).  If you don’t like pine nuts, you can always just use the flat end of a skewer to make eye holes.  Then use the pointed end of a skewer or tootpick to draw a little cut for the mouth.

5) Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Place into oven at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

5) Let cool and serve with a plate of blood (ketchup).  Moan Apetito!