Whether you are planning to trick-or-treat as a family or have an all out Halloween bash for your playgroup, this month’s issue of Craft your Kids Smart contains crafts and activities that will help everyone have a spook-tacular Halloween.

The Halloween crafts, learning activities, and games on the Preschool Learning and Crafts website will teach, entertain, and provide hours of fun for your preschoolers and toddlers.

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Halloween Party
A Halloween party can be anything you’d like it to be… just your family, friends for trick-or-treating, or an afternoon with your playgroup. The key is to keep your party easy and fun… for you and your little guests!


Pumpkin Toss Game
This Halloween game is easy to make and works for toddlers, preschoolers, and even big-kids.
What is learned/ practiced: gross motor skills, concentration, math skills (assign points and have kids name their points or add them up)

Supplies

  • Large piece of cardboard or cardboard box
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Poster board & markers
  • Tape
  • Bean bags (buy them or make with a few squares of fabric and dried beans or rice)

To Create

  1. Cut out several holes in the cardboard or box
  2. Use the poster board and markers to create a pumpkin shape (or another Halloween shape. Remember… your kids will love this even if you aren’t super artistic!)
  3. Tape the poster board onto the cardboard and cut out holes to match those in the box (you can always reuse the box and create a new poster board topper for a different party theme)
  4. Assign points to each hole (if desired)
  5. Tape, draw, or place a rope as a line to stand behind (toddlers can stand closer than older children)

To Play

  • Kids take turns throwing bean bags and trying to get them in each hole
  • Older preschoolers may want to add up their "points"- great math practice!

Spider Hats
This easy preschool craft can be prepared ahead of time and kids can have fun putting them together and wearing them at the party. What is learned/ practiced: fine motor skills, creativity, how to follow directions.

Supplies

  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • White paper
  • Markers
  • Tape, stapler, and glue stick
Directions
  • Before the party…
    1. Cut out strips of black construction paper. You will need 3-4 inch strips for the hats and smaller (1/2-1 inch) strips for the legs.
    2. Cut out white circles or ovals for eyes
  • At the party…
    1. Measure the larger strips around each child’s head. Staple or tape together to form a circle (“crown”)
    2. Show children how to bend the leg strips back and forth to create an accordion effect for each of 8 legs. Don’t worry if smaller kids can’t get this exactly right. Straight legs or legs folded in a big clump will still be cute : )
    3. Children can use markers to color in eyes
    4. Glue or tape eyes and legs onto the “crown”
    5. Allow to dry and then take LOTS of pictures!

5 Little Pumpkins Fingerplay
A great fingerplay to practice fine motor skills and counting

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. (hold up five fingers)

The first one said, “Oh my! It’s getting late. (Hold up one finger)

The second one said, “There are witches in the air.” (Hold up two fingers)

The third one said, “But we don’t care!” (Three fingers)

The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.” (Four fingers)

The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!” (Five fingers)

O-ooo-oo said the wind, (Wave hands)

And out went the lights. (Big clap)

And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (Put your hands in a fist and roll them around each other)


Candy Counting and Sorting
You probably won’t be able to get away from candy this Halloween. Why not use it to teach your preschooler some early math skills? What is learned/ practiced: fine motor skills, early math skills: counting, sorting, grouping

Have you kids dump out their trick-or-treat bags and see what’s inside. Here are some ideas for sorting (and you can inspect the goodies for safety while your child learns!)

  • Separate treats into piles by type (candy bars, suckers, non-candy…) Count how many are in each pile. Which is the biggest pile? Which is the smallest?
  • Lay out different colors of construction paper and place treats that match onto each (great for practicing colors!)
  • Line up candy by type to practice graphing skills (Snickers, M&Ms, Dum-Dums…) Which line is the longest? Which is the shortest? How many are in each?

Halloween Food and Treats
Magazines and websites have so many cute ideas for themed party food. If you’d like to keep it simple, create your own menu with everyday foods.
  • Spaghetti with a few drops of green food coloring becomes “MONSTER MASH”
  • Carrots with hummus can be called “WITCH FINGERS
  • Add candy corn to store bought Chex-Mix for “HALLOWEEN MIX”
  • Simple PB&J sandwiches and a pumpkin cookie cutter create “PUMPKIN BITES”
Be creative and have fun! Ask your kids for suggestions. It doesn’t have to be elaborate… your kids will think even basic ideas are SPOOK-TACULAR!

More Halloween Activities




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