Halloween is a great excuse to get crafty and crack out some fun preschool activities. Here are some ideas that you can pull out of your pointy hat without having to shop for lots of supplies. Your child will love helping you create these and spend hours playing with them afterward.
Super-Simple Hand-Print Spiders
This Halloween craft is suitable for younger children as well. If you get the whole family involved, you can make enough different size spiders to create a whole family!
What You Need:
- Stiff black cardboard (or white and black paint)
- Black felt
- Googly eyes
To make a spider, follow these simple steps. You can involve your child to whatever extent they’ll manage.
- Trace your child’s hand-prints onto the card.
- If they’re old enough, you can let them do the cutting out, otherwise, you do it.
- Cut a circle out of the black felt to make the body.
- Glue the hands onto the back of the felt.
- Glue the eyeballs onto the front of the felt circle and voila! Spider.
- If you want, you can punch a hole through the top of the felt and thread a string through it so it can hang.
Beware The Toilet Roll Black Cat!
The stories say we’re meant to avoid black cats, but these are simply too adorable! Make sure you churn out a whole bunch of them to keep your preschooler busy for hours! Your child will love getting arty and being able to paint.
What You Need:
- Paper roll from toilet paper or kitchen towel
- Black paint and paintbrush
- Black paper
- White paper
- Yellow paper
- Safety scissors
- Black marker
- White or silver gel pen
Black Cat Creation Easy Steps
Your child will love seeing this cat appear as if from nothing! We would suggest making the bits in bulk before you start assembly.
- Paint all your paper rolls black and set them aside to dry.
- Take one side of your roll and press on the two edges of the paper tube until they close. It will create two spike-like ears.
- Using black paper, cut out a spiky tail. Do you know what a cat’s tail does when it gets a fright? Like that!
- Cut 2 paws out of the black paper too. Use the white or silver gel pen to draw claws.
- Use the yellow paper and cut out two cat eyes. Add pupils and other details using the marker.
- For whiskers, cut out small strips of white paper.
Now to assemble your cat:
- Stick on the two eyes. Underneath then draw the nose and mouth using your gel pen.
- The tail goes on the back. Glue it at an angle so that it stands out.
- Glue on your cat’s paws and whiskers. If the whiskers give you trouble, you can draw them on with the gel pen.
Web Walker Halloween Game
Playing is an important part of childhood development. This is a fun Halloween-themed game that isn’t scary at all but will develop balance and problem-solving. It’s also double-trouble fun as your kids can help you create the game. Once it’s all been made and set up, you can adapt the rules to suit any age. Suitable for solo play, or you can make team challenges.
What You’ll Need To Spin Your Web
- Painter’s tape (black or bright green works well)
- Plastic spiders
- A glow stick as a prize for the middle
- Other obstacles such as marshmallow ghosts, plastic snakes, or skulls
Weave Your Web
Depending on how much floor space you have available, you can create a full web, or just go for a half. You can get your kiddo involved by letting them hold the tape, walk on it to tramp it down, or help you choose where the lines should go. Make sure there is an obvious start and finish.
Once your child has the idea, let them scatter the spiders across the web.
Web Walker Go!
There are a few variations on the game that you can adapt to suit the ages and stages of the short people in your home.
- The goal is to stay on the web from start to finish and collect all the spiders along the way, and get to the prize in the middle. If a foot slips off the web and touches the floor, the walker has to start again. To make this harder you can scatter obstacles to be avoided.
- For older children, you can time them and keep a running leaderboard. An alternate variation is to make each round different, such as only tip-toes, only heels, or you have to walk sideways.
- If you’re looking for some friends-playing-together fun, let more than one play at a time and start them at different points around the web. The race is on to collect the most spiders. If you are worried things might get rough, you can make a no-touch rule.
- The alternative is to play the ‘avoid web’ version, where no toes should touch the tape and only the bits in-between are safe.
Make-And-Do Preschool Games and Crafts for Halloween
With these fun crafts for you to do with your children this Halloween, you can be sure that they’ll not only be having fun but will be learning along the way. The bonus of it all is spending time with you.
If you’re looking for a preschool that believes in the power of play, contact Providence Children’s Academy. We’ll give your child the best start to a lifetime of learning!