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Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern Activity

Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern Craft ActivityThis therapy idea includes a free printable of the shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth and does not require a membership!

Here’s an easy, adaptable activity for your younger students. Let them add eyes, a nose, and a mouth to their pumpkins while working on shapes or sizes. You can also have them earn pieces as they work on articulation or other language goals.

What You’ll Need:

  • one paper plate for each student
  • orange markers, crayons, or paint and brushes
  • cut-out shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth (free printable included below)
  • piece of green paper for the stem
  • glue

What to Do:

  1. Give each student a paper plate and orange crayon, marker, or paint and brush.
  2. If working with a group, let the students color their plates while they are waiting for their turns.
  3. After each turn, let the students pick a piece for their pumpkin’s face.
  4. Once they have all of their pieces, let the students glue the pieces on their pumpkins.

Language Ideas:

  • Shapes- Have the students identify or name the shapes of the pieces.
  • Sizes- Have the students identify or name the size of the pieces (e.g., “Get a small square.”)
  • Describing- Set up a barrier. Have a student create a face on a pumpkin and then describe it to you. You make a jack-o-lantern according to the description and then remove the barrier and compare the two jack-o-lanterns.

Paper Plate Face Shapes

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Hi-I was a member a year or so ago. I am thinking of joining again–but I want to make sure that I am not going to be receiving the same materials as before–hopefully all new ideas. I am also wondering if more of the sets are adaptable to color printing in that the children do not seem to respond as well to the black and white sets.

    Thank you,

  2. Denise- If you renew your membership, it will include a lot of new materials during the year. Members have access to all of our previous and new materials. Our ideas are still free to everyone, but only members have access to our printable materials. We significantly upgraded our system in September 2011, so all of our materials are now available to members to download directly from our website. All of the ideas and materials are now indexed on our website and can be found using our drop-down menus, categories, and advanced search. We have added more color materials as we realize that these are more visually appealing.

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