Halloween Activities: Part One

Tags: halloween, sensory, autumn play, seasons

Section: Halloween

Halloween activities are great fun for children; encouraging dressing up, imaginative play and story telling. Dressing up and exploring objects which are 'scary' can help them talk about things they are afraid of or worried about and help them differentiate between reality and fantasy. Halloween activities also provide loads of opportunities for sensory play!

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is a good activity to introduce children to Halloween. Although this is primarily an adult led activity (Grandad helped us with this one!) there are plenty of opportunities for children to explore the pumpkin. Scooping out the middle with their hands is brilliantly messy as well as a way of looking at what a pumpkin consists of. Whilst talking about how you are using tools safely, children are beginning to understand how tools are used for particular purposes and how important it is to use them in the correct way.

You will need:

  • a pumpkin
  • a knife to carve

Decorating Pumpkins

Decorating pumpkins using pens or paints can be an alternative to pumpkin carving for younger children and the end result is an attractive Halloween decoration. As they paint the pumpkin children are combining different media and exploring with colours and textures.

What you need:

  • pumpkin
  • paint
  • marker pens
  • glitter

Halloween Sensory Tub

Make a Halloween sensory tub for some tactile fun and imaginative play!

What you need:

  • lentils
  • black beans
  • plastic spiders
  • cups for pouring

Monster Playdough

Develop imagination and fine manipulative skills using playdough and props to design some scary Halloween monsters .

What you need:

  • green play dough
  • googly eyes
  • pom poms
  • coloured sticks
  • lollipop sticks

Water play with spaghetti

Create some creepy Halloween water play with spaghetti and hidden creatures!

You will need:

  • spaghetti
  • black food colouring
  • a large tub
  • water
  • plastic Halloween figures (such as skeletons, spiders and eyeballs!)

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