Halloween is going to be different this year, but there’s no reason to skip all the fun. If you’re entertaining a toddler then Halloween is a great reason to try some themed activities and break up your routine a little bit.
Here are three carefully selected DIY activities for toddlers which hit the sweet spot of spooky, not scary, as no-one wants a frightened little one! All are hands-on, great for bonding time, and will help you to plan some fun Halloween themed days at home.
Here are three top ideas for Halloween craft projects to do with your toddler…
Check out The Childhood Glen for inspiration – but there’s really no rule book for spooky potion activities. Be prepared for a bit of mess – lay down old towels or shower curtains and use a plastic crate or tray to contain some of the goop. Potions could include bubbles, shaving foam, or food-based goo – mix it up with food coloring (or child-safe paint) and waterproof toys to theme it for Halloween. Don’t forget lots of cups, jugs, utensils – whatever you have to hand for pouring and stirring.
Want to go further? Make some paper witches hats, there’s a tutorial here , and play dress up. Follow up by reading ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson.
Toddlers and tiny creatures go together like peas and carrots, and Mom Endeavors [momendeavors.com/halloween-kids-craft-handprint-spiders-in-a-diy-lacing-card-web/] has a great activity idea with their handprint spiders and lacing web. A lovely tactile activity that’s good for developing fine motor skills, this one has the bonus of being a great postable gift. You can also get a few rounds of Incy Wincy Spider in while you’re doing your spider crafts! Winner! Follow up by wrapping up warm and going insect hunting in the garden.
Got a bigger kid to entertain, too? Try this quick and easy Spider Web number game from the Five Minute Mum.
The Monster Mash
If you’ve got a favorite Halloween-themed playlist then pop it on now and get ready for some monstrous mayhem! Mother could has this great idea for making monster feet to get your little ones stomping all around the house. This Instagram account is well worth a visit for really excellent taste safe recipes, including lots of resources for making your own slime – a Halloween must. Ideas for your reading list for a monster day include the ‘Love Monster’ books by Rachel Bright and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak.
Try some of these Halloween craft ideas with your toddler to make a mess and make some memories! Halloween crafts are a great way to help your child with their motor skills, plus they give you lots of opportunities to tell stories, build language, and spend some quality time together. Have fun!