Stuck for ideas this Halloween? Try these easy arts and crafts for toddlers!

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I love a lot of things. Over the past few weeks I seem to start a lot of my posts like that! The thing about my blog is that it brings together all the things I love in life; crafts, computing, parenting and being outdoors.  From time to time I get very enthusiastic writing about these things.

EASYLast week my toddler and I worked together on our Halloween arts and crafts, much to my mum’s horror. She thinks we shouldn’t celebrate Halloween, but I just like an excuse to have a theme for our craft of the week.

We have made witches and monsters, all of which are quite easy and kept him entertained.

The monster station is easy, doesn’t make much mess and is great for their imagination. The witch craft (don’t worry no voodoo dolls here!) is a bit messier.

Monster station

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Rating: EASY

Skills: Fine motor skills – practising hand eye co ordination

What you need 

  • Coloured paper (any colours)
  • Paper or card for the background
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Plenty of imagination and freedom

What does a monster look like in the eyes of a toddler? This activity is fascinating. It shows us what they think a monster looks like and I was really impressed!

Follow these steps to make your own.

  1. Cut up the coloured paper into lots of different shapes (triangles, squares, circles, rectangles etc.)
  2. Sort them into different trays ( I just used tupperwares, finally found a use for them!)
  3. Get a piece of paper or card, show your toddler the different shapes. I explained that squares could be used as the body, circles as the eyes, rectangles as the arms and then told him to make a monster.
  4. If they don’t get the concept make one yourself and show them.
  5. Let your toddler choose any shape and glue them on to the paper with a bit of help.
  6. Add eyes, legs, mouths etc.
  7. Try to let him do as much as possible by himself and stick things where ever he likes (obviously with in reason…I wouldn’t advise letting him stick them on the floor or the walls!).

That’s it!

Don’t forget to name your monster too.

ZEROTOTHREE provides suggestions on how to support your child whilst you help with artwork. Take a look if you are after some more advice. I find it really helpful.  We have a great time speaking about the monster whilst he is making it.  “wow, are those his arms, they are so long”, “I see you are working really hard on that monster”. “Tell me about your monster”.  I love the last question because sometimes it doesn’t look much like a monster to us, but he knows exactly where everything is!


Witches 

Rating: Medium

Skills: Fine motor skills – practising hand eye co ordination

What you need 

  • Paint
  • Paper (any colour)
  • Black triangles (use black paper and cut the triangles out)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pasta (spaghetti)
  • Googly eyes

My toddler absolutely loves painting his hand and stamping. He has mastered the art of doing it himself as well. I can only thank his nursery for that! This craft involves some painting and getting a bit messy with spaghetti so make sure you get the overall out, if you prefer to keep your toddler clean.

  1. Paint your toddler hand and stamp it onto the paper. If you want it to be witch like use orange or greens. My toddler insisted on using pink, as it is his witch I thought why the heck not!
  2. Put the handprint to the side to let it dry.
  3. For the witches broom, get the spaghetti, paint the spaghetti (black or brown) and let your toddler roll it across the paper.
  4. Cut out the handprint and stick it over the witches broom.
  5. Then get your triangles (I am trying to help my toddler with his own cutting so I draw the triangle and we have a go at cutting it out together. It is a good way to pass the time whilst the paint is drying from the handprint and broom).
  6. Stick the triangle on as a hat.
  7. Pop on the googly eyes.
  8. Now for the hair, use some left over polystyrene as a stamp and let your toddler give his witch some curly hair.  (If you don’t have polystyrene just painting hair on is fine too!)

To vary this craft you could make it into a card or stick a poem next to it. Last year we did something very similar and gave it as a craft gift to a family member. They love that stuff!

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Other great ideas 

If you are after some more inspiration or really quick crafts have a think about making a mummy or a pumpkin.

Mummy 

Get black paper, draw around a cookie cutter. We used a gingerbread man. Cut it out. Get some masking tape, rip it up and let your toddler put it over the cutout. Then stick on some google eyes and a mouth.

Pumpkin

I printed an outline of a pumpkin from the internet and then cut it out. You could draw one…it’s just my drawing skills weren’t up for the challenge! I then handed the toddler a load of paint and sat back. Ours did end up looking more like a tomato, but toddler freedom reigned!

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Creativity is intelligence having fun – Albert Einstein

Happy crafting everyone, have lots of fun!

If you have made any of these crafts I would love to see them – e-mail a picture to: alongcamebuddy@gmail.com  

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