Here I am, trying my darnedest, trying to have some fun & breathe some life back into my 3rd grade curriculum.
For Halloween we made Yam Witches (we say it like sandwiches). It is a fun & easy craft, but does require some prep time cutting out paper hats, black cloth for dress &/or cape, and yarn ties.
The witches are simple to make, the class thoroughly enjoyed them.
I discovered two precautions:
1. Prior to starting the project, store yams & carrots in paper bags. Don't keep them in plastic bags, they will rot. If you ask each child to bring in a yam & carrot in a paper bag, you will be surprised at the number of people who do not have a paper bag.
2. During the craft, I usually have one or two kids who are QUITE ACTIVE and end up knocking their bottles on the floor. It is a big mess when the rice spills out, so I ended up covering each bottle neck opening with masking tape before we stick in the skewer & head.
After making our Yam Witches each child wrote a fantasy story in which the Yam Witch was the main character. We use Step up to Writing.
Each Yam Witch needs:
1 yam (head)
2 mini marshmallows (eyes)
2 cloves (eye pupils, also fasten the eyes to head)
Black construction paper, cut 1 circle & 1 cone
1 plastic bottle (washed & dried)
Dry bottle filled to top w/dry rice
1 wooden shis kabob skewer (stick the pointed end into the yam, then pur the long end into bottle filled w/rice)
1 short carrot (nose)
1 wooden toothpick (w/ 2 sharp ends)
Dry corn or dry rice for teeth
Dry green moss, rafia, or dry corn husks for hair
1 rectangle of black cloth (or black plastic table cloth) to drape around bottle for costume
1 piece of yarn or raffia to tie at waist
Hair, hat, teeth are attached w/ hot glue gun
Nose is attached with a toothpick
|Bottle filled w/rice|
"Yam Witches" have been made by 3rd graders at my school for many years. Thank you Sylvia Leong for sharing it with me.