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My Favorite Candy Alternatives for Halloween

Halloween is such a fun time of year. I have such fond memories from my childhood. In the tiny town I grew up in, Halloween was truly magical. The entire town attended a Halloween Carnival filled with booths, like Apple Bobbing, Donuts on a String, Cake Walks, Fish Ponds…etc. After the carnival, we would go Trick or Treating. Some neighbors put together spook alleys that lead to their front door, others gave out King Size Candy Bars. I’ll be one of those neighbors… one day… Except for the King Size Candy Bar part. Don’t tell my mom, this is her THING. I don’t know what it is but at some point, it became apart of my nature to not give out candy, and I LOVE candy, like to the CORE. But it did. I felt the need to give out candy alternatives. Maybe it has to do with me being Gluten Free and feeling for those treaters that only hit teal pumpkin houses, or maybe it’s my inability to control myself from taking an extremely aggressive parent candy tax so my sub-conscious is just trying to protect my waistline. Whatever it is, every year Halloween rolls around I’m on the lookout for a fun Candy-alternative, despite my husband being sure it will only encourage the tricksters to egg our house… hasn’t happened yet… so I’m counting these a success. Make sure to check out the free digital download that can be paired with Wiki Stix! Add these to a cellophane bag and you have a great gift | handout for students, classmates, or neighbors!

 

Also, keep in mind that in order to be worn that way you will have to hand out a connector as well. I did this by simply having the Glow Sticks in one bowl and the connectors in another. I had to share a couple of fun pictures from our first Trunk or Treat. The Glow sticks were a hit, so were our Little Red Riding Hood Costumes and Trunk or Treat!

2. Wikki Stix: I LOVE Wiki Stix. This is an example of an extremely simple concept that just spurs extremely CREATIVE children. If you’ve never heard of them they are simply a piece of yarn dipped in a “special non-toxic, food-grade microcrystalline wax, the kind used in bubblegum and lipsticks. They do not contain gluten, latex, nor peanut or other nut oils or byproducts. Wikki Stix are an excellent product for children dealing with allergies!”  These are SO FUN. They adhere to each other and can be built up and molded, and used over and over again. These are one of my Go-To church toys|Quiet Toys, and PERFECT for any age. As a way to save a little money instead of purchasing the ready-made Halloween packs, I purchased the bulk pack and then individually placed sections of the wiki stix in cellophane bags with a

FREE digital download you can get here!

halloween Just make sure you are logged in or a member of On Lemon Lane. Access to this FREE Download and others is EXCLUSIVE to On Lemon Lanve members. Not a member? No problem! Sign up is FREE & easy peasy Lemon Squeezy. Click here to become a member. These were a hit, and you get SO MANY with the bulk order, great bang for your buck. I’ve been able to use these for two years in a row.

 

Click Here to Download the FREE Halloween Download

 

3. Make A Monster Kit: It’s tough to pick a favorite but these build your own monster kits are definitely at the top of my list! These work great as a Halloween class party handout or carnival prizes or even a student gift. You may be catching on that anything that encourages creative play really strikes a chord with me. These kits are SO FUN. You can purchase the instant and EDITABLE download here. This file is through Google slides and all of the text is editable. Even better, you don’t have to worry about finding|spending money on cellophane bags. Instead, I’ve sized these to fit on top of SANDWICH ZIPLOCK Baggies. Making these extremely convenient!

 

To use simply:

  1. Purchase the EDITABLE, Instant download here.
  2. Edit the text through Google Slides, and print!
  3. Cut out and fold in half
  4. Fill your Ziplocks with playdough, googly eyes, pom-poms, and pipe cleaners…etc
  5. Staple your folded label to the ziplock bag.
  6. Be all EXTRA, without all the EXTRA.

 

4. “Create Your Own________ Sticker Sheets”: This is on the docket for this year. My kids LOVE stickers. These are so fun and become a perfect Halloween activity that they can work on and enjoy while they enjoy their treats! You have a lot of options from Jack-O-Lanterns to Monsters, to your classic Halloween characters. The best part they are extremely inexpensive! These are perfect to give to students, or neighbors and make the perfect Halloween Class Activity! We did this for a preschool Halloween party and they were a hit!

 

5. Halloween Rubber Duckies: Stumbled across these and saved them to my cart for the future! Love this as a class handout for Halloween. These are so fun and they GLOW IN THE DARK. I don’t know of a kid that doesn’t love a classic Rubber Duckie! Keep in mind these do have latex. 

 

6. Punching Balloons: Another fun idea I’ve saved for another year. Kids of all ages LOVE balloons, especially a balloon with a rubber band attached to one end. These are so fun, and even come packaged specifically for Halloween. Again, keep in mind these do have latex. 

 

7. Halloween Masks: These are great and so appropriate and festive for Halloween! You have a couple of different options from foam masks, to build your own craft masks, to scratch off and decorate masks! Again I love a Halloween handout that has an activity built-in or associated that encourages creative play so these were perfect!

 

8. Flying Toys: This is another category that has a lot of fun options with price levels that can make anyone’s budget happy! I LOVE the LED Rocket Copters. Be aware if a listing says 24 pieces, it likely means 12 individual rockets, not 24. We’ve played with these and they are unbelievable… Especially at night! The flinging frogs are a great handout that are perfect to be paired with a Witch’s cauldron. Lots of fun options here that are sure to please.

 

9. Wearable Halloween Headpieces: These are SO cute. For the younger grades, these would be an absolute HOMERUN. These headbands are balloons and could not be any cuter. If you do go this route remember that you need a balloon pump in order to blow these up. SO inexpensive and SO fun.

10. Glow in the Dark Room Stickers

You know the fun glow in the dark stars you attached to your ceiling as a kid?! YES. I wasn’t sure how these would be received but they were a hit! I ran out of these before I ran our of Glow Sticks! These are fun because they come in a lot of different shape options besides just stars. For our Frozen themed Halloween, we handed out Snowflakes! I stuffed 4-5 of these in a small self-sealing cellophane bag with a piece of tik-tak. I was skeptical that the effort wouldn’t be worth the reward. I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to knock-out these fun little handouts in NO-TIME. All were assembled within 15 minutes! I’ll link the exact products we used that were extremely cost-effective and SO fun. Don’t mind my terrible picture. I was letting these “Charge” before our Trunk or Treat and this was the only picture I was able to snag in the rush of things!

Click here to see our Frozen Themed Trunk or Treat (Seriously, it exceeded my expectation)

Click here to see out DIYish Frozen Family Halloween Costumes

That’s my list for now! I would love to come back and add YOUR favorites. What are your favorite non-candy alternatives to candy to hand out on Halloween? What about student gifts or prizes for class parties? Comment below!

 

 

PSA:
April Fools’ Day is TOMORROW
I know many of you are coming off Spring Break, to lighten the load and add a little laughter to the classroom I quickly put together a fun and FREE activity/ joke to play on your class 💛 This impossible word search is in disguise as a #nationalpoetrymonth activity. Students will try and find words like stanza, verse, and rhyme... but won’t come up with a dime! 😉 They may however come up with words like tomfoolery, bogus, shenanigan, joke, buffoonery...etc 😂😂😂 Hope you and your class enjoy it, and this brightens your day! Tag me if you decide to use it, tags completely make my day! Comment below and I’ll DM you the link💛
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Are you using my FREE Pi Day Activity like• @sunnyinclass

This fun FREEBIE works with ANY circular treat and is such a fun activity for students to explore and calculate Pi on Pi Day!

Comment below if you want me to DM you the opt in link 💛
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Guys.... I’m not usually one to toot my own horn.... but 🎺 🎺. You HAVE to try this in your classroom. I racked my brain to come up with a pie recipe that didn’t require melting butter, a hand mixer, oven, or mess, that still incorporated math and fun. When plastic bags came to mind I couldn’t find anything that supported the idea of whipped cream in a bag but, in theory it should work.... IT. DOES. Every “piece” of that pie #punintended is made in a ziplock bag with ingredients that simply require measuring. Best part, it’s delicious. This is SURE to be a favorite and memorable activity with your class! 💛 be sure to tag me, I can’t wait to hear all about it!.

Link can be found in my story, or comment below for the link! Link includes the email opt-in for my March Freebie Bundle, that includes TWO no-prep Pi Day activities.
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Comment below if you plan to try this activity with your class tomorrow or comment if you’d like me to DM you the link to the Pi Day FREEBIE opt in 👊
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When an idea for an activity turns out EVEN better than you imagined?!
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Add a little spice to your Stuck in a Snow Glove activity! Your Upper-Grade students will LOVE this activity!
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If you already own this product head to your TPT account and re-download to access ALL the updates I made to this pretty little thing. Just when I thought I couldn’t love this one any more…
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❄️In short it’s MAGICAL❄️
Head to my story or link in bio for more info…
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How many days do you have left until winter break? Comment ⬇️
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I love the idea that the best way we can remember September 11 and #neverforget is to remember the love, and unity that was felt September 12th, and to strive to live that way each day.
On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Indivisible.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
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“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

This painting is inspired by a beautiful photo taken by @masseya ❤️

#911 #911memorial #9eleven #911remembrance #thetwintowers #neverforget #neverforgotten #unity #love
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💡🚨PSA:🚨💡
ATTENTION ALL TEACHER FRIENDS
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Tag your #teachertribe and every #firstyearteacher below for this important reminder:
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As you set up your classroom for the new school year, and start divvying out materials… Do no forget to set aside 2-4 new student kits.
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Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
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If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
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What to include:
🍋Name-tag/Desk-plate
🍋If you adhere the plates to the desk, have a segment of what you use in the pack.
🍋Welcome Treat (same one you’ve given to each student at the open house/back to school...etc.
🍋Whatever else you’ve set aside for students that begin on the first day of school.
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📣📣📣There will likely come a day when without warning you will be notified you have a new student, and the student will start THAT DAY. Save yourself and your poor new student the stress of frantically trying to get everything set up, by preparing NOW.
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Veteran teachers what else do you include in your new student kits?? Share in the comments below⬇️⬇️⬇️
📸: @adifferentiatedclass
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How satisfying/ beautiful 😻 is this #classroomorganization tip by @the_organized_classroom
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Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
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HELP ME BRAINSTORM:
What’s a brilliant #teacherhack you’ve tried or seen done with paint swatches??? Comment below 👇
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I’ll leave mine in the comments!
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Guys… I had a baby 🥰 Almost 10 months ago 😳 I STRUGGLE to consistently show up on this platform, but know how happy I am that you are here!
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There are a lot of new faces around here so I thought we should take the time to get to know each other!
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PLEASE comment below with what we have in common, or something we will never see eye to eye with 😜
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A few things to know about me😬
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🍋 My name is Tara, I’m the creator behind @teachingonlemonlane
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🍋 Lemon was my maiden name and my love for all things lemon runs deep.
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🍋 I’m a fresh lemonade connoisseur, and will not touch store bought/ from the tap.
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🍋 My patronus is a wolf 🐺 #potterhead
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🍋 A piece of my heart will always be in #5thgrade and New Orleans
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🍋 I’m a novice flower gardener and LOVE to experiment with different blooms.
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🍋 Ben and I will celebrate our 10 year this year and have 3 kiddos under 5 💀
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🍋 Go Red Sox ⚾️
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🍋#bucketlist item: New Zealand, Hobbiton, ride the #nevisswing 😳
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🍋 Teaching item(s) I can’t live without…Binder clips😎 You should see what I can #macgyver with a couple clips… also, flair pens. #cliché 🤓
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YOUR TURN: Tell me something about you in the comments!
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To my dear teacher friends still in school, I've got a FREE Father’s Day project I think you will love! Those of you are home with kiddos of your own, consider this fun activity for your Father’s Day Celebration! This is a great #endofyearproject that doubles as a #fathersdaygift 💛🍋💛
This product is available in both a printable and digital version that’s completely editable through Google. If you have a student or child interested in Digital Design, this is a fun way to introduce and experiment with different design tools. Because there are so many different types of situations and circumstances when it comes to a father the words father or dad are never actually used. Which makes this the perfect card to give to any figure that has taken on that important role. Whomever that is, they should be celebrated!
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Need #bulletinboardideas for March.... I’ve got you👊 like almost all of my Bulletin Board Kits, they center around student work and are made up of EASY TO CUT, Editable 🙊, ready to print and assemble slides!
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Make sure to check out the Lucky Because Bulletin Board BUNDLE get ALL this for only $3.99☘️☘️☘️☘️ The Clover craft is the PERFECT craft for tomorrow!
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If you’ve followed me for long you know I love all things March and Irish ☘️ it’s in my blood 🙃
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My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
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I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
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Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛
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Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
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Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
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Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!
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