It is the beginning of Holiday season and we are starting it off right with a Halloween series. Welcome to the last of this Halloween special, featuring toddler Halloween activities and pumpkins.
Halloween sparks inspiration for many activities to do with your toddler, especially with pumpkins! There’s the pumpkin patch, shopping for (or making) Halloween costumes, and decorations. But one of my favorite Halloween activities is doing art projects.
Here are two very simple pumpkin crafts that every toddler will enjoy. Prepare for the activity in advance, so your little ball of energy can dive right in.
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Simple Paper Jack-o-Lantern
This idea is pretty simple,making it easy for your toddler to follow along. Cut a few pumpkins out of orange construction paper. Then, cut several triangles and a few big goofy grins out of either black or yellow paper. Lastly, cut a stem shape and leaves out of green or brown paper.
Give the pieces to your toddler along with a glue stick and watch his creativity. You could frame this work of art with some pictures of your child at the pumpkin patch to make a beautiful holiday momento.
You’ll treasure those three-eyed jack-o-lanterns years from now.
Toddlers and younger kids mostly miss out on the fun of jack-o-lanterns, because they obviously are too young to handle a knife.
A toddler can scoop out the pumpkin guts, and draw a face onto a pumpkin, but then the rest (the actual carving) must be completed by mama.
Here’s what I think is a better option for our little toddlers. Pumpkin Painting. Think of the fun and accomplishment your toddler or preschooler will have designing a pumpkin from beginning to end. Letting them really be included and in control of their pumpkin.
And, you really don’t stop with pumpkins! You and your toddler can paint gourds, too. All you need is an old t-shirt on your toddler, non-toxic paints, and if you want to avoid thr mess head outside and let your littles go at it.
Arts and crafts with your toddler doesn’t have difficult or challenging. Just give your toddlers age-appropriate tools, take pictures, and relax mama. Your child will love it, and you can begin a tradition of making memories together. ❤
Watch out painters. There’s a new artist in town.