I really enjoy encouraging the kids to get into upcoming holidays. Madi doesn’t know what Halloween is yet, but Karissa seems to remember! We are going to be attending Boo at the Zoo! at the LA zoo dressed as 4 characters from My Little Pony (Matt is Princess Twilight Sparkle, I’m Applejack, Karissa is Pinkie Pie, and Miss Madilyn is Rainbow Dash). I like to plan little craft activities during the week to entertain them that are themed around whatever we do for the upcoming weekend. Aquarium week we made our own construction paper fish tanks and fish, zoo week we do animals, arboretum week we do plants. It logically follows that Halloween week we do Halloween.
These are constructed for very young children where focusing on the end result isn’t as important as the activity.
Craft #1: Spooky Sticker Tree
Computer paper or construction paper, color of your choice
Brown or black marker
Halloween stickers (I got a book of stickers at Dollar Tree)
Prep: Draw a Spooky looking brown or black tree trunk. Older kids can do this part, or if you want to let your toddler do it that’s cool too. Mine will do a brown scribble, but I think she enjoys having an actual tree drawing to decorate too.
Simply give them the paper and some stickers and let ’em at it!
Craft #2: Halloween Collage
Colorful baubles and things to glue to paper. We are using torn up tissue paper, feathers, pom poms, and paper shapes. Foam Halloween shapes or sequins would be cool if I could find them in the closet.
Give them their paper, some decorations, and some glue (maybe a small amount, Karissa goes nuts). See their creativity blossom.
Craft #3: Paint a Pumpkin
We don’t have time to carve a pumpkin this year, so today we are going to paint our own mini pumpkins. I am sure Karissa is going to love this!
A small pumpkin or multiple pumpkins
Paint (we use washable tempera right now)
Something to cover your workspace
Apron to protect little one’s clothing
Glue, glitter, sequins, feathers, rhinestones, or whatever else seems fun
1. Prepare workspace by covering it (if you’re the kind of person who is inclined. I’m not). Put an apron on kid (again, if inclined).
2. Give kid pumpkin and painting materials. Let them paint.
3. If you have a child that will let paint dry before trying to further decorate with glue and things then congratulations, thousands of us envy you. If not, just give them the sequins and whatever else. It will be messy, but they’re having a blast.
That’s it. I hope you have a fantastic holiday full of magic for the kids. Happy Halloween, everyone!