Here are a few of my favorite Halloween ideas for little ones. Enjoy!
Halloween Colors Painting
This is so simple. Give your child some orange, yellow and black paints, some paper and a paintbrush and let them create! The pictures always turn out so pretty and so festive. Of course, most young children don’t just paint one picture so choose a few to hang and cut the others into Halloween shapes and hang them as well.
Pumpkin Sponge Painting
Cut a few sponges into the shape of a pumpkin (or ghost, bat or other Halloween shape), give your child some paint and let them create a sponge painting picture. We even found some pre-cut pumpkin sponges at our local craft store one year which make things even easier!
Halloween “Leftovers” Collage
When I was going through our decorations from last year, I found these random bits of jack-o-lantern faces. I gave my son the pieces, some paper and a bottle of Elmers glue and let him create this collage. I am not sure there are many 3 year olds that would refuse an opportunity to play with “drippy” glue. Mine certainly didn’t. 🙂
Sparkly Halloween Bats
Using black paper, cut out some bat shapes (or find a template you like). Give your child some Elmers glue and some silver glitter and have them create these sparkly bats.
Halloween Candy Mixing
I am one of those people who buys our Halloween candy early- I love the way it looks in our big candy “pot.” And, I will admit, I love eating the candy early too. Sometimes a second trip to the store is necessary before the big day. 🙂 And, my son loves playing with the candy. So I give him a big spoon and let him play. He mixes, sorts, dumps and then does it all over again. This activity can keep him busy for a long time!
Paper Spider Web
Idea shared with permission from the amazing, wonderful and sorely missed Teacher Anne.
Cut some black paper in the shape of a spider web (as shown above). Place the paper in a shallow baking dish, box top or other container with sides (that you do not mind getting painty). Fill a small container with white paint and a few marbles. Remove the marbles from the paint and place them into the container. Have your child roll the marbles around the box (and on the paper) by tipping the box back and forth to create the threads of the web. Add a plastic spider if you like.
And for the grand finale- also courtesy of our beloved Teacher Anne…..
Grab a pumpkin, some golf tees and a plastic hammer and let your child hammer away! How much fun is that??
Want more seasonal fun?
- Boy Mama: From Green to Gold: Creating Fall Leaves
- Boy Mama: What’s Inside My Pumpkin?
- Boy Mama: Making Indian Corn
- Teacher Mama: Halloween Candy Graphing
- Boy Mama: The Sneakiest Halloween Costume Around
- Teacher Mama: Fall Fingerplays (Apples and Pumpkins)
- Boy Mama: Pumpkin, Pumpkin: Stick and Rhyme
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