Letter Tombstones

My sister told me this activity was a bit “morbid” haha, but thanks to the new movie, “Coco” my girls thought the skeletons were awesome! I found the  mini skeletons  in the Halloween section at Target (I think these are the same ones, but not totally positive). I was so excited when I saw them, and knew they would be the perfect addition to my vision!

My sister told me this activity was a bit “morbid” haha, but thanks to the new movie, “Coco” my girls thought the skeletons were awesome! I found the mini skeletons in the Halloween section at Target (I think these are the same ones, but not totally positive). I was so excited when I saw them, and knew they would be the perfect addition to my vision!

We had a little blank page notebook that I used to create the “spooky” word list. The quick illustrations helped her get excited about the words she was spelling!

We had a little blank page notebook that I used to create the “spooky” word list. The quick illustrations helped her get excited about the words she was spelling!

Here is another activity using your alphabet puzzle! I love Halloween, and I couldn’t let the month go by without doing some “spooky” activities. We created our tombstones by mixing together a classic salt dough recipe. I love having my girls help me whenever we are having a cooking experience.

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By having her essentially do all of the cooking portion of the activity, we are discussing math concepts that are incorporated in measuring and science concepts incorporated in mixing. She is also enhancing her pouring, scooping and mixing skills.

Salt Dough Recipe:

  • 1 1/4 C. Salt

  • 5 C. All-Purpose Flour

  • 2 C. Water (start with 2 cups and add more in order to have your dough start sticking together until a ball has formed. I ended up using around 2.5 Cups)

Add Salt and Flour to bowl and mix. Add water, gradually adding more as needed. Switch to hands and knead dough thoroughly (when I worked at a donut shop, they always said the best tool we have is our hands ;) ) Roll dough into small balls and squish to flatten and create tombstone like shapes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool.

She loved helping me knead the dough!

She loved helping me knead the dough!

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After you form your tombstones, press your letters firmly into the dough. We had a couple of words we wanted to create in mind, so we made sure we had enough letters to form these words, and then used miscellaneous letters in the left over tombstones.

“Spooky” Word List:

  • R. I. P.

  • Witch

  • Boo

  • Ghost

  • Haunted

  • Scared

  • Run

  • Beware

  • Spooky

We ended up having 24 tombstones on two cookie sheets, but I think we could have had a couple more if we made some of them a little smaller.

We ended up having 24 tombstones on two cookie sheets, but I think we could have had a couple more if we made some of them a little smaller.

After our tombstones cooled we thought it would be fun to use our water color paints to paint them grey. My 3 year old was pretty adamant about the color, my 2 year old was not haha.

The girls loved this activity, because they were able to create these letter tombstones from start to finish!

The girls loved this activity, because they were able to create these letter tombstones from start to finish!

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While our tombstones dried I mixed up our dirt recipe to create a sensory experience with this activity as well. I knew my 2 year old would be far more interested in the sensory portion of this activity than the word list and so I wanted this activity to be enjoyable for her as well. You could use the Nesquick dirt recipe in our farm sensory here. However, when I was setting this activity up, I didn’t have any Nesquick, but I did have cocoa powder so I decided to use that instead and I found out that the recipe had to be altered a bit, because the cocoa had more moisture in it than the Nesquick powder did. If I were purchasing ingredients for this recipe, I probably would choose to buy the Nesquick because it’s cheaper than the Cocoa, and I liked the consistency and smell of the dirt better in that recipe. If you have real dirt then just throw that in there!

Cocoa Dirt Recipe:

  • 3 Cups Flour

  • 2 Cups Cocoa

  • 3/4 Cup Oil

She loved squishing the “dirt” We also added in some spider rings, skeletons, and mini flowers for an added sensory experience!

She loved squishing the “dirt” We also added in some spider rings, skeletons, and mini flowers for an added sensory experience!

We used our  DIY water table  to put the letter tombstones in one side, and the dirt (with the word we were spelling) in the other side.

We used our DIY water table to put the letter tombstones in one side, and the dirt (with the word we were spelling) in the other side.

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My 3 year old was so excited to spell “spooky” words! As soon as she completed a word, she would hurry and put the stones back in the letter side of the water table and start on a new word. This activity helped us work on letter recognition as she had to search for what letter came next in her word. We also talked about the different sounds that the letters made and started using reading concepts by trying to sound out our words. It was the perfect letter activity for the month of October and both of the girls loved it! Later in the day a few of their cousins came to play and the first thing my 3 year old said was, “We learned how to spell SPOOKY words today!”

Happy SPOOKY spelling!

These skeletons were able to bend and the girls thought they were so fun! My 2 year old in particular is a big fan of the movie “Cocoa” and thought they were awesome! She even had to keep her hood on the entire activity to be just like Miguel from the movie haha.

These skeletons were able to bend and the girls thought they were so fun! My 2 year old in particular is a big fan of the movie “Cocoa” and thought they were awesome! She even had to keep her hood on the entire activity to be just like Miguel from the movie haha.