Scary Ghost

Scary Ghost Activity

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Practice counting to five with your child while making this adorably "scary" ghost to celebrate Halloween. The body of the ghost is made from one paper plate. It has two hands, three ovals on it's face, four streamers and five curled fingers. This is one math-friendly ghost!

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper (2 colors)
  • White tissue paper, pre-cut (4 pieces, each 2" x 18")
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Start with one paper plate. This plate will be the ghost's face. Ask your child how many faces she has. (Hopefully, only one!)
  2. Help her to trace both of her hands. Ask her to cut them out of the paper. How many hands does the ghost have?
  3. Ask her to glue the hands in place on the bottom of the plate.
  4. Have her fold a sheet of black construction paper in thirds. Help her draw an oval on the top of the paper and cut it out while the paper is folded. She'll end up with three ovals.
  5. Ask her to count the ovals. Are there more ovals than there are hands?  Have her glue them in place for the eyes and mouth of the ghost.
  6. Help her to glue the streamers from the back of the plate at the bottom, so they hang down. Ask her: How many streamers does the ghost have?
  7. Finally, ask her to find something on the ghost that adds up to five. If she says the digits (not fingers, as the thumb isn't technically a finger!) on one hand, she's correct. Help her curl the five digits on each hand using a pencil.
Updated on Oct 21, 2013
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