Ah Halloween. It’s a really breaks up that long stretch between the start of Autumn and Christmas doesn’t it?
I’m a bit of a Halloween fan and this will be Evie’s first Halloween where she’ll be able to understand more, that something a little bit different is happening.
We’ve been preparing her by introducing a few Halloween themed books and by creating some Halloween inspired crafts.
These messy play crafts are really short, simple and easy to do. Our daughter is 18 months old, so this has been a really great way to introduce cutting and sticking to her.
Here’s our 3 easy toddler halloween crafts:
These are all really easy to put together and, if your toddler has an attention span as short as mine, then you’re in luck because they don’t take very long to do but keep them interested.
The only part you’ll really have to take control of (if your toddler isn’t yet old enough for scissors) is the cutting out.
It’s a really good idea to put down a matt and keep a bowl of water nearby. This will come in handy for those sticky, glittery hands. We forgot…ooops!
First up is the spider!
HALLOWEEN HANGING SPIDER
This is such a cute spider. I am terrified of spiders, but I’m actively trying to make sure Evie isn’t afraid and doing crafts like this is a really good start.
- Black Paint
- A white paper plate or white card
- Black Card (optional, see below!)
- Googly Eyes
Help your toddler to paint your paper plate or card black. You need to cut out a circle from this later. It’s easier to get them to paint a large area and then cut our the circle rather than let them splodge on an already cut circle. We tried both ways and this way was much easier.
Cut the circle out when the paint has dried and get your toddler to help you glue on some googly eyes or whatever takes your fancy.
For the hand prints you can do one of two things. Paint your toddlers hand black and make handprints on white card. Wait for the handprints to dry, then cut them out.
Or, if your toddler loves painting with their hands (like mine) and a handprint is almost impossible to get, then drawer around their hands on the black card, cut out your drawing and get your toddler to help glue the hands onto the spider.
We put string through ours and Evie loves carting it around with her.
SPARKLY WITCHES HAT
This toddler halloween craft was the most fun to do (and also the messiest!). Please put down a matt if you’re going to do this one, because glitter gets everywhere.
You will need:
- A piece of black card
- A pipe cleaner (optional)
- Sparkly sprinkly bits (I’m not sure the correct terminology)
Cut out a triangle shape from the card. Then cut out a really long, thin rectangle for the base of the hat. We gave ours slightly rounded edges to make it look more 3D.
Get your toddler to help you glue the rectangle and and the triangle together to make the hat shape.
If you’re using one, glue the pipe cleaner across the base of the hat (see ours).
Cover the hat in glue (we made ours look like a spider web of glue) then get your toddler to help you sprinkle sparkly bits and the glitter all over the hat.
This is a really great toddler halloween craft for teaching parts of the face. This is the only activity where glue is optional and is also the only activity where you’ll have to make it all yourself before your toddler can play with it.
You will need:
- Orange felt or card
- Black felt of card
Simply cut out orange ovals for your toddler. Then cut out little halloween/pumpkin style eye, nose and mouth shapes.
To play with this you can either get your toddler to glue the face together, or like us you can use it as a game to teach the parts of a face.
We put each part into it’s appropriate pile and then spent a good half an hour making different faces whilst learning about where the nose, eyes and mouth are on the face.
Evie got so into this game and did really well at recognising each part and where it went. The great thing about this game is that you can play it again and again.
What do you think of our 3 easy toddler crafts for Halloween? Which is your favourite? Will you be trying any of these with your toddler?