Halloween inspires all kinds of activities to do with your toddler, especially pumpkin fun! Visiting the pumpkin patch together, shopping for (or making) Halloween costumes, and decorating the house. But one of the best Halloween activities is doing art projects together.
Here are two very simple pumpkin activities that every toddler can enjoy. Prepare for the activity in advance, so your little ball of energy can dive right in.
Oftentimes younger children miss out on the fun of jack-o-lanterns, because they obviously are too young to handle a knife. A toddler can scoop pumpkin guts, and draw a face onto a pumpkin, but then the rest must be handed over to an adult for the actual carving.
Here’s an option. Pumpkin Painting. Think of how much fun your toddler or preschooler would have designing a pumpkin from beginning to end. And, don’t stop with pumpkins. Paint gourds, too. Simply put an old t-shirt on your toddler, get out non-toxic paints and he’ll go to town.
Simple Paper Jack-o-Lantern
There’s nothing at all fancy about this idea. Simply cut a few pumpkins out of orange construction paper. Then, cut several triangles and a few big goofy grins out of either black or yellow paper. Lastly, cut a stem out of green or brown paper.
Present the pieces to your toddler along with a glue stick and watch his creativity. You’ll treasure those three-eyed jack-o-lanterns years from now.
Spending time with your toddler is not difficult and doesn’t need to be challenging. Just give him the tools, grab your camera, and relax. Your child will feel cherished, and you’ll begin a tradition of making memories together.
Watch out Picasso. There’s a new artist in town.