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Halloween crafts and decorations for toddlers and pre-schoolers



Tis’ the season to be spooky!


Celebrate this awesome time with these Halloween arts and crafts, perfect for you and your little one to make together!


They’re ideal for decorating the house all whilst helping your child improve their fine motor skills, creative thinking and cognitive development.


All you’ll need are a few crafting supplies and some Halloween spirit! Let’s jump right in:



Spooky Twig characters


You will need:

  • Twigs gathered from a local park or forest

  • Glue

  • String or coloured card (optional)

  • Eco-friendly googly eyes



Method:

  1. Collect your twigs. You can click here to find your local park or forest.

  2. Use glue to stick on googly eyes.

  3. Either stick these to the coloured card or hang these up using string!



Masking tape mummies


You will need:

  • Black paper

  • Masking tape

  • A white crayon

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Eco-friendly googly eyes

  • String (optional)



Method

  1. Draw the outline of the body in crayon on black paper

  2. Cut or rip off strips of masking tape (varying lengths) and stick these to the side of the table

  3. Add tape to the outline – here’s your chance to make this a learning opportunity, discuss together what mummies are or chat math by discussing the different lengths of tape.

  4. Cut out the mummy

  5. Use the glue to stick down your googly eyes.

  6. Once dry, you can optionally cut a small hole on top to feed the string through and make it a hanging ornament!


Puffy ghost ornaments


You will need:

  • Black & White card

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Cotton balls

  • String (optional)



Method:

  1. Draw a ghost outline on the white card and eyes/mouth on the black card.

  2. Cut out the ghost shape.

  3. Let your little one have fun sticking down the cotton balls with glue – this is a good time to introduce counting or chat about different textures.

  4. Cut out the eyes and mouth from the black card and stick these on top of the cotton.

  5. You can then tape some string to the back to make this into a hanging ornament.


Halloween Handprint Ghoul Banner


You will need:

  • Coloured card in varying colours incl. black and white e.g. green, orange, purple etc.

  • Black marker or crayon

  • White marker or crayon

  • Scissors

  • Glue



Method:

  1. Trace your child’s hand on the coloured card. You will need 4 or 5 handprints on varying colours.

  2. Cut out the handprints.

  3. With the fingers facing down, have your little one decorate the cut-out, we recommend drawing spooky faces!

  4. Fold the white card in half length wise, open and cut along the crease, and attach the two lengths with glue to make it into a long banner.

  5. Repeat with the black card but trim a few cm around the edges.

  6. Glue the black card on top of the white.

  7. Attach the handprint ghouls to the bottom of the banner.

  8. Use a white crayon or marker to decorate your banner, for instance with ‘Happy Halloween’.

  9. Finally, hang up your banner!


Clay pumpkin ornaments


You will need:

  • Air dry clay or salt dough (click here for a guide on making salt dough)

  • Paint

  • Ribbon

  • Baking paper



Method:

  1. Roll out the clay.

  2. Let your little one press their hand into the clay. Make sure their handprint shows up.

  3. Cut out the shape of a pumpkin, making sure your little one’s handprint is in the middle.

  4. Smooth out the edges with a bit of water.

  5. Use a knife to punch a hole in the top of the stem.

  6. Let the clay dry or if you use salt dough bake.

  7. Once it’s dry, you and your little one can decorate the pumpkin ornaments!

  8. Finally, attach a ribbon on top to hang these up.

And if you’re looking for more, here are some additional crafting guides!








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