This is the season to bring out the pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, witches & monsters! We can let our children engage in some Halloween fun, while introducing some learning goals with these Halloween activities!
1. PUMPKIN SENSORY BIN
Put together a Halloween themed sensory bin with a sensory base and Halloween props (you can get plenty from your local dollar store I'm sure!) and invite your child to play. Let their imagination reign as they free play with the materials in the bin! For toddlers, they'll be perfectly happy with a scoop and containers to pour & transfer! If you don't already know the benefits of sensory play, check out this post.
2. COBWEB POM POM SCOOP
Scooping & transferring objects are definitely most toddlers' jam. Throw in an additional challenge by tying strings across a basket! This is a simple twist that will add in a problem solving element to a simple game of scoop & transfer as they figure out how to avoid their ladle from getting stuck on the strings! Be prepared for some frustration though, and demonstrate / guide your toddlers patiently!
3. HALLOWEEN MUMMY CRAFT
This is such a cute activity to create with your little one! Get them working on their fine motor skills as they peel / tear the masking tape and stick it onto the transparent container. For younger toddlers who can't yet peel the masking tape, you can help them out with this step by tearing into small pieces and getting them to stick onto the container. Add the googly eyes to make your mummy come to life! Watch your toddler be filled with excitement and amazement as you turn on the LED lights!
4. TAPE RESIST SPIDER WEB
This activity is easy to create and makes a nice Halloween decoration around the house! Paste the washi tape in the shape of a spider web and have your toddler paint over in whatever colour he/she deems fit. Before the paint is totally dry (we find is easier to peel this way), peel off the washi tape to reveal the outline of a spider web! Draw on or paste on a little spider for a finishing touch. This is also a perfect opportunity to introduce octagon shapes (the spider web is made up of octagon shapes!) and you can use it to lead into conversations on how spider spin webs!
5. HALLOWEEN HANGING MOBILE
In this activity, we did roller painting and fashioned the artwork into Halloween hanging mobiles to decorate the house! Pre-schoolers could definitely complete the entire project themselves by cutting the Halloween icons as well!
6. COLOUR SORTING WITCH HATS
This is such a fun one for practicing colour sorting! You can easily fashion regular party hats into "witch hats" by wrapping them in black construction paper. Next, hand your toddler some glow sticks, have them twist them and watch the sticks start to glow! They'll be mighty amazed! You can hide the sticks in a bag (in my case, we used a tissue box), pick out a random colour and sort them by colour onto the hats!
7. PUFFY GHOST
If you have contact paper, cut out a cute little ghost shape and have your child practice their fine motor skills by pasting the "ghost" with cotton balls. If you don't have contact paper, using double sided tape and regular paper would work equally well. Add on eyes and a smiley mouth as a finishing touch. Your child will be loving their cute, soft, friendly ghost!
8. CLIMBING SPIDER
You can make this movable climbing spider in under 5 minutes! From black card stock, cut out a circle for the spider's body, eight rectangles for the legs and stick them together. Add on googly eyes. Stick two small pieces of straw at the back of the spider. Fold a long string in half, and thread the two ends through the straw. Hang the spider on a wall, and see it go up and down as you pull and release on the ends of the sting! Such a simple activity, but so many learning opportunities. You can use it to practice prepositions, maths and science! Prompt your toddler as they play with the spider, "Can you make it go UP?" "Can you make it go DOWN?" Count the spider's legs. Also, as they figure out how to make the spider go up and down, they are exploring cause and effect!
9. PLAY DOUGH MONSTERS
Set up this simple invitation to create with loose parts and play dough. For our loose parts, I put together some googly eyes, pom poms, rainbow counters, feathers, pegs and craft sticks. Ask your child to create some play dough monsters and let him/her have free reign on their imagination!
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