These Halloween Writing Trays are so fun, it’s scary! Here are a few easy variations on this budget-friendly spooky letter center!
pictured above: black sand, pumpkin erasers, witchy finger
What you will need:
- shallow trays or cookie sheets (We repurposed some wooden packaging from some bead sets). Even shoebox lids will work!
- base material
- Seasonal Letter Cards (Print HERE)
- small manipulatives to form the letters
- your imagination!
Pictured above: orange dyed rice, candy corn erasers, witchy finger
Why Use a Base Material in the Writing Tray?
Small children are still gaining some skill with their fine motor muscles. Providing a base material keeps their small pieces in place, adds interest, and also allows them to draw the letters in the sand with greater success instead of struggling with a pencil. This way, they can focus on the shape of the letter instead of trying to control a wayward pencil or crayon. It also adds an irresistible sensory component to the activity, which will help children focus.
Pictured above: salt, black and orange buttons, witchy finger
Base materials do not need to be pricey. The black sand came from the craft store, but you can easily find it online as well. Make your own colored rice or use plain table salt and flour. Adding a witchy finger from the dollar store not only helps students reluctant to touch the material but also makes a nice sharp point for writing!
pictured above: table salt, mini toy spiders, witchy finger
Writing Tray Ideas:
Add any small manipulatives you find to these trays! They are amazingly versatile. Use things you already have in the classroom or add a few seasonal items from the local dollar store “treat bag” aisle. This is all treat and no trick!
- pony beads
- wiggle eyes
- small toy spiders
- orange vase fill rocks
- themed erasers
- black and orange buttons
- orange pompoms
Pictured above: orange dyed rice, wiggle eyes, witchy finger
In addition to letter printables, don’t forget that you can also practice numbers and sight words with these trays!
Pictured above: black sand, orange vase fill, witchy finger
Pictured above: orange pompoms, table salt, witchy finger
Pictured above: orange dyed rice, pony beads, witchy finger
Let Us Know!
Finally, make sure you share your variations in the comments section – we’d love to see what “tricks” you come up with!