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Simple Halloween Crafts That Help Your Child’s Development

Get the child naked, at least from the waist down, and paint a circle of orange paint on each adorable bum cheek (use a brush or cloth for this rather than just dipping them in if you’re keen to get a neater print).

All Hallows Eve – and Autumn in general – is a lovely opportunity to do some themed, simple Halloween craft activities with the little ones. Here are ten fun & simple crafts you can share at home with very little fuss.

Torch Play

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What you need:

  • Torch or torches
  • A dark room
  • Optional coloured tissue paper or sweet wrappers

What to do:

First off, ensure the area for play is safe and clutter-free so as to avoid any trips and falls. Then turn the lights down or just lower them, depending on whether or not your child is sensitive about the dark.

Then, light up your torches! Children can chase their shadows or dance in the light, or using sweet wrappers and tissue paper make colour variations. You could even use toys or cut-out shapes to create shadow puppets.

Development:

  • ICT – Operating equipment
  • Visual development

Autumn Sensory

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What you need:

  • Fir cones/conkers
  • Leaves and twigs
  • Anything else you find outside that’s interesting to touch and feels autumnal!

What to do:

Find a space, be it a washing bowl, a tray, a carpet or a whole room, and lay out the materials you’ve collected. Then simply let children explore the objects; they can touch, smell, even taste (where it’s safe to do so!).

For children who can talk, the experience should generate conversation and gives an opportunity to learn new words to describe how things feel. For younger children it will be great for their fine motor skills.

Development:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Sensory development
  • Communication and vocabulary
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

“Bum-pkin” Paintings

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What you need:

  • A child
  • Some WASHABLE orange paint (and optional green and black for details)
  • A piece of paper, card or a canvas
  • Chunky paintbrush, sponge or cloth for applying the paint
  • Baby wipes (plenty of them)

What to do:

Get the child naked, at least from the waist down, and paint a circle of orange paint on each adorable bum cheek (use a brush or cloth for this rather than just dipping them in if you’re keen to get a neater print).

Sit them down on a piece of paper or a canvas then carefully lift them up and voila! They should leave an orange print that looks a little like a pumpkin. Wipe the child’s bottom clean straight away using baby wipes or warm water and cotton pads and replace their underwear before marvelling at your creation.

Once the pumpkin is dry, you can add leaves or other details using a fine brush or pens.

Development:

  • Sensory play
  • Creative development – exploring media and materials

Leaf Monsters

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What you need:

  • Leaves from the garden
  • Felt tip pens
  • Paper or card for the background
  • Optional googly eyes or eye stickers
  • Glue stick

What to do:

Using a glue stick, stick a leaf (or several) to your background. Then add arms and legs (as many as you like!), and other details such as hair and ears.

Stick on eyes to create a face or simply draw one on.

Development:

  • Creative development – mark making
  • Fine motor

Ghost Coconut Shy

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What you need:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Stick-on eyes, googly eyes or circular stickers
  • A ball
  • Sticky tape

What to do:

These adorable ghosts can be as complex or as simple as you like to make. Two eyes on the white tissue will look like a ghost straight away, but if you want to add other details in pen or black paper feel free.

Once the ghosts are finished, stack them up in a tower and take turns trying to knock them down!

Development:

  • Gross motor
  • Creative development

Worm Search

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What you need:

  • Spaghetti
  • Something to hide in the spaghetti (small toys, sweets or plastic spiders!)
  • A tray or large bowl

What to do:

Cook a big batch of spaghetti and drain it. Give it a stir to separate it and set it aside to cool.

Once the spaghetti is completely cooled off, set in on a tray or in a bowl and bury some toys or sweets in amongst the strands. Then ask children to find the hidden treasures.

For added excitement, blindfold the willing victim or see who can find the most treasures in a certain time.

Development:

  • Sensory development
  • Fine motor

Luggies

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What you need:

  • Your child’s favourite treats, preferably cakes
  • A pen or writing icing

What to do:

(Luggies and barnbrack cakes are an old Halloween tradition to, supposedly, get a glimpse into the future. They can also serve as a fun game to play at parties.)

Take a batch of cakes or a bag of chocolate bars and draw a symbol on each one using a pen (if the treats are in removable wrappers) or writing icing (if they’re not in wrappers). Traditionally the symbols represented the telling of fortunes, some good, some bad, but you can make up your own.

How about a coin to represent someone getting rich? Or a bow to represent getting a present? Or perhaps a heart to suggest you’ll find love?

You might draw a star to suggest a surprise, a footprint for travel, a paw-print for a new pet or a spoon for a nice meal. The possibilities are endless!

Development:

  • Communication and language
  • Social and emotional

Halloween Gloop

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What you need:

  • Cornflour
  • Water
  • Orange or green food colouring
  • Optional glitter, plastic spiders and other Halloween-inspired items
  • A large (preferably non-breakable) bowl
  • A water jug

What to do:

Put a few drops of the food colouring in a jug of water and scoop a few large spoonfuls of cornflour into the bowl. Add the water bit by bit, mixing well as you do so. What you should end up with a lovely, sticky, gloopy mixture that stretches, drips, separates and swirls.

Development:

  • Sensory play
  • Creative development – exploring media and materials

What’s in the Box?

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What you need:

  • Empty tissue boxes
  • Cooked spaghetti, grapes, pipe cleaners, string and other weird-feeling things

What to do:

Place a small amount of cooked spaghetti (or worms, as it will come to be known) inside one of the tissue boxes. Fill another box with grapes (eyeballs), another with pipe cleaners (spider legs) and another with string (spider webs).

Invite children to put their hands inside the boxes and guess what’s inside!

Be as inventive as you like with this one. Be as messy as wish too! How about banana and apple peels for dead skin? Cold sausages or baby carrots for toes? Or what about popcorn kernels as teeth, a peeled tomato as a bodily organ, a kiwi fruit as a furry little rat, a wet sponge as a brain, shampoo for blood, dried apricots as tongues, crisps as fingernails, baked beans as frogspawn or sand for grave dirt?

Development:

  • Sensory (obviously)
  • Communication and language
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem

Hanging Ghosts

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What you need:

  • Balls of modelling clay, play dough or even blue-tack
  • String
  • White tissues
  • Sharp pencil

What to do:

Tie a knot in one end of the string and make a ball of clay around it.

Using a pencil, make a hole in the centre of the tissue and thread it over the string until it sits on top of the ball of clay. Drape the rest of the tissue down over the ball and hey presto! A little ghost has appeared.

Hang the ghost in the window, from the ceiling, or wherever else you choose.

Development:

  • Fine motor skills

We hope you enjoy these fun activities with your children. Happy Halloween! 

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