Children love to create crafts and art that can be displayed proudly around the home. You can channel their inner Picasso into beautiful masterpieces that can be used to help decorate your home for an upcoming holiday. The key is to choose activities and crafts that are short in duration (to keep a toddler’s attention) and not too difficult.
The Halloween crafts suggested here can be made with items you already likely have around the house:
Simply cut a piece of white construction paper out in the shape of a ghost. Help your child draw black eyes and a mouth. (You could trace the shape of these and let your child color them in.) Then, using glue or a glue stick, wet a portion of the ghost and let your child affix cotton balls. (Only do a section at a time or the glue will likely dry before your child gets all the cottonballs on.)
Spooky Spider Fingerprints
Take your child’s thumb and dip it in black, water-soluble paint (finger paint works great here). On a white sheet of paper, make several thumb prints randomly across the page. Let those dry, and then add eight legs to each thumbprint. Have your child glue two googly eyes on each spider.
On a sheet of white construction paper, trace your child’s footprints. Cut them out, and let your child add googly eyes and an “O” shaped mouth. Hang the two footprints together on the outside window to spook visitors!
Paper Plate Pumpkin
Give your child a paper plate and orange finger paint. (Your child can paint with his fingers or a brush, depending on his preference and skill level.) Paint the entire plate orange and let it dry.
Meanwhile, from black construction paper, cut out triangles for the pumpkin’s eyes and nose. Cut out a mouth shape. (You can use two inverted triangles, an “o” shape, a smile shape, etc.) Also cut out one small rectangular shape from green construction paper.
Help your child glue on the pumpkin’s face as well as the green stem at the top of the pumpkin.
Handprint Halloween Bat
Using a brush, paint your child’s entire hand black using finger paint. Gently place his lower palm on the center of a piece of orange construction paper. Gently push down his fingers until his hand print appears on the paper in black. Wash his hand and then paint the other one black. Put his lower palm down on the center of the paper (joining with the print you made for the other hand) and gently push down his fingers until his handprint appears in black.
The place where the lower palms connected make the bat’s body, and the fingers on opposite sides make his wings. Add googly eyes and a few night decorations like the moon and stars (white chalk or paint works great for this), and your craft is ready to display.
What is your favorite Halloween craft to make with toddlers?