Halloween Activities: Part Two

Tags: halloween, sensory, autumn play

Section: Halloween

Last week we had a morning full of Halloween fun with our friends Emily and Thomas. The children had great fun together making and decorating some scary fairy cakes, creating handprint spiders and running around together with inflatable ghosts spiders and pumpkins!

Scary Fairy Cakes

Give your fairy cakes a Halloween makeover with some themed cake cases, green icing sugar and Halloween decorations. Cooking provides opportunities for young children to begin to learn some scientific concepts such as changes that occur when things are heated up or cooled down. It also helps develop motor control as they practice using a range of different tools and coordinate their movements to make them work.

What you will need:

  • 4oz self raising flour
  • 4oz caster sugar
  • 4oz butter
  • 2 eggs

For decorating:

  • cake cases
  • halloween decorations
  • green food colouring
  • icing sugar

Jelly play with eyeballs

The slimy texture of jelly is wonderful for Halloween play and great for young children to explore using all of their senses. As it is edible, this is a good activity for younger children who like to put everything in their mouths!

You will need:

  • Jelly (lime jelly is a good colour for Halloween themed play)
  • Plastic eyeballs

The jelly can be really cold when first coming out of the fridge so it's worth getting it out slightly early to allow it to warm up slightly for those little hands!

Hand Print Spiders

Black hand prints make perfect spider shapes for homemade Halloween decorations and are a fun way for children to practice making marks and exploring paint.

What you need:

  • black paint - it's worth adding a drop of washing up liquid to make it easier to wash off at the end!
  • glue (for some added sparkle we used some silver glitter glue)
  • googly eyes
  • white paper

Halloween Noodle Play

Halloween creatures hidden in noodles provides a different texture for children to discover and is another activity which is good for younger children who are putting things to their mouths.

What you need:

  • noodles (mix in some food colouring once cooked for extra colour)
  • food colouring
  • some Halloween creatures

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