Our generation of Aussies were not brought up with a diet of Halloween but my kids love the dressing up, lollies and hanging out with friends. I really get a kick out of seeing the fabulous effort that the neighbourhood kids put into their costumes. Many years ago I was in New York just before Halloween. I adored a ghost filled tree, all made from up-cycled plastic bags and thought it would be a great alternative to our afternoon language session.
We scrunched old paper into balls, cut off handles, drew faces and Voila! a tree full of ghosts. This involved a great deal of language repetition and input; ‘head’ ‘eyes’ ‘mouth’ ‘no legs’ ‘no arms’ ‘no feet’ ‘scrunching’ ‘cutting’ ‘hanging’ and so on.
Once our lovely ghosts were out having a fly, we returned to continue our work on body parts. Matilda asked if her doll could join in so she named Laila’s body parts (a choice was given when the word wouldn’t come …Is it an eye or ear?) and then tried to find the matching word.
Happy dressin-up y’all!