With Halloween a little over a week away, now would be the perfect time to introduce some Halloween themed activities and crafts to your kids. It doesn’t have to be contrived or over-the-top either. All you need is a little time, a few materials, and perhaps some patience.
If however, you are a nerdy, craft-lover sort as I am, then you won’t be hard pressed to get into any of this action at all. In fact, you may clap at a couple of these discoveries (contact paper!), like I did when I discovered it. If you already know of its fantastic capabilities, then congratulations, you’ve officially made it. It probably means you’re doing an alright job of getting creative with your kids and stuff.
I’ve heard that’s important.
Toddler Approved… 1 of 14
Anything involving toddlers can be creepy AND cute.
Jack O’ Lantern Suncatchers 2 of 14
That contact paper business I was on about before. The ease and nearly mess-free attributes of this craft activity have my vote!
Get the instructions via le petit reve
Halloween Sensory Bin 3 of 14
Encourage open-ended play, cross-circular learning, and some creepy fun by making this simple sensory bin for your kids.
Learn more via Parenting In The Moment
Montessori Pumpkin 4 of 14
This activity merges practical life skills, imagination, creativity, and sensory learning play!
Learn more via Taming The Goblin
Stackable Papier Mache Ghost Decorations 5 of 14
Using material you probably already have kicking around at home, you and your kids can be getting into this one in no time. Pretty cute, no?
Get the instructions via Three Ghost Friends
Bake with Them! 6 of 14
Messy, totally. Worth it, absolutely.
Get a (refined) sugar-free, maple muffin recipe just in time for Halloween via le petit reve
Happy Jack 7 of 14
Really easy and quite popular. I have yet to meet a toddler who doesn't love magnets.
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Sticky Paper Window Art 8 of 14
More fun with contact paper, without the mess!
Learn more via Fun At Home With Kids
Halloween Breakfast 9 of 14
Halloween breakfast! We did this last year and will most definitely be doing it again this year too. All you need are some Halloween-themed cookie cutters to shape the pancake batter, cooking spray (I prefer coconut oil spray), and dried cranberries. Raisins would totally work too!
Sensory Bins Googly Eyes 10 of 14
Lay down a drop sheet and let them have some fun.
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Simple Skeleton 11 of 14
Easy enough for the youngest of toddlers.
Learn more via You Are The Roots
Carve-Free Pumpkins 12 of 14
Stickers on pumpkins, Mr. Potato Head parts on pumpkins, googly eyes and pipe cleaners on pumpkins... all winning combinations in a toddler's eyes as you can clearly see.
Paper Towel Art 13 of 14
I first saw this brilliant craft idea over on the Happy Hooligans blog and I fell in love with it. Wyndham did too, you should see how beautiful it looks when dry. I hope to find some time after school one day this week to tear them in strips and make a papier mache pumpkin or two (mini ones).
Glitter Pumpkins 14 of 14
This is another craft that Wyndham and I did together last year and I hope to do it with Abby and Wyndham this year following this technique and using different colors of glitter.
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