Ghosts, goblins, goo, and guts… Are you ready for all things Halloween? This Halloween sensory writing tray is a great tool to use for kids who need to work on reading and writing sight words.
Sensory Writing Tray
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Setting Up the Experience
- shallow tray
- orange Jello
- an alien or witch’s plastic finger (look in the Halloween section of stores)
- a black cauldron (aka a black plastic pot)
- 2 pieces of black construction paper
- word cards (see free printable download below)
- Line the tray with black construction paper. It’s helpful to tape the paper to the tray.
- Pour the orange Jello onto the tray and smooth or shake the tray slightly.
- Place the witch/alien finger next to the tray.
- Print and cut the word cards. Place the cards in the cauldron near the tray.
Using the Sensory Writing Tray
It’s time to read and write. Have a child place the witch/alien finger on their own pointer finger. Select a word from the cauldron, read, and then write in the sensory tray. Shake the tray gently and repeat.
See the writing tray in action in the video below.
Differentiating for ALL Learners
-Use blank index cards and make your own word set based on student needs.
-For students working on letter recognition, use letters of the alphabet for their practice.
-Pre-writing students could practice making lines and squiggles.
Get the Downloadable Word Cards
Grab your set of kindergarten Dolch word cards to use with your Halloween sensory tray. Just click the purple button below.
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