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Halloween Arts and Crafts to do with Toddlers

Teaching toddlers to celebrate Halloween through arts and crafts is a fun endeavor. If you are looking for ideas that are appropriate to this age, look no further. Here are 4 simple to do, but exceptionally fun, arts and crafts projects the toddlers in your life will enjoy.

Halloween Arts and Crafts to do with Toddlers

Decorate a Treat Bag

What you will need:

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Crayons (or any other coloring tools)
  • Optional: Stickers, Adhesive Foam Shapes, Additional Decorative Items

This craft has the most room for creative expression, as the toddler has free reign to create whatever they want on this practically purposed canvas — that is, a paper bag. You can use a simple brown paper lunch bag or a large grocery store bag. Have your toddler decorate their own treat bag using crayons and any other decorative items that you feel comfortable with them using. This also makes for a great group activity, especially if at the end they receive treats to put in their bags.

Finger Paint a Pumpkin

What you will need:

  • Small Pumpkins
  • Finger Paints
  • Newspaper
  • Optional: Paint Brushes, Markers

Toddlers don’t have to be left out of creating jack-o-lanterns. Instead of carving one, they can paint one. Purchase small pumpkins just the right size for the little ones. Spread out newspaper on a table or on the floor. Get out the finger paints and invite the children to paint a pumpkin. Some paints will adhere better than others to the surface of a pumpkin, so it is advisable to experiment with your paint selection before inviting the toddlers to do so. Any non-toxic paint will be a safe selection to use with the kids.

Hand-Traced Ghosts

What you will need:

  • White Paper
  • A Pencil
  • Scissors (Used by Adult)

Kids love any craft project that involves their hand being traced and turned into art. Using simple white paper, ask each child to place their hand flat on the paper and trace their hand for them. You may even try a few where they trace their own hand. Afterward, cut out the shape. Turn it upside down and you have the shape of a ghost. Allow each child to draw eyes on their ghost, or additional adornments as their creativity inspires. You can even turn these ghosts into a Halloween garland by making several of them and tying them together.

Apple Prints

What you need:

  • Paper
  • Apples
  • A Knife (Adult Use Only)
  • Non-Toxic Paint
  • Paint Brushes

Halloween is also a time to celebrate the harvest season. Taking the focus away from candy and on a more nutritious option — apples — can make for an important health lesson amidst the trick-or-treating excitement. This craft is a fun way to bring about the opportunity to teach an appreciation for apples.

Show the toddlers an apple before cutting it. Explain that there is a star inside. Allow them to watch as you cut the apple. Lay the apple down where the stem is horizontal with the cutting surface. Cut the apple in half. You will reveal the star shape inside. Give one half of an apple to each child. Have them paint the surface of the apple around the indented star shape and then stamp the apple onto a piece of paper. Allow them to do this again and again. They will be delighted by this ingenious star stamp within their favorite nutritious treat.

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