Halloween Crafts You Can Make With Toddlers

toddler crafts, this jack o lantern tea light is simple to make for halloween

Ever since I can remember, we’ve celebrated Halloween.

As a child we’d spend the day carving turnips, pumpkin weren’t freely available so instead we’d dig out the flesh of a turnip. I remember well the feeling of my hand aching as the rock hard inners peeled back cm by cm. But the real reward was the smell of burning turnip from the candle inside as we went out trick or treating in the evening. It’s still one of those odd, nostalgic  smells I like now as an adult.

We’d also make our own witches hat with cereal box cardboard. Very little was bought back then and the build up was always fun, never a chore though. Which is why I have carried on the tradition with my own children.

Always one to grab a memory making opportunity!

I’ve had a couple of years off doing the whole Halloween thing as my older boys turned their back on the lure of more sweets than I would ever usually allow in one day for the notion that it simply wasn’t cool. But this year we’re back with a bang as the Toddler takes his first tentative steps into the world of Halloween crafts and dressing up.

I’m starting him off with a couple of easy to-do and cheap to buy activities as at the age of 2 he has the attention span of a nat,  which makes crafting more of a stressful chore than a pleasure. I managed to buy all this from my local The Works store. I want him to have the same experiences as his older brothers so he’s not escaping the traditions anymore!

Hand Print Spider

Black paper
white paper
black marker
thread / wool
Glue

Instructions:

Draw around both hands with fingers spread out and thumbs tight against  index fingers.

Cut out the hands and glue them together so that the palms form the spider’s body and the fingers it’s legs.

cut 2 penny sized circles from the white paper, glue on to the top centre of the hands. finish with 2 black dots for eye. Make a small hole through the centre of the body. Thread the wool through the hole and tie into a knot.

Hang these spooky spiders from doorways to scare people as they come through!

Pumpkin Lantern Tealight Jars

Small glass jam jar,
Orange and black  paint
black card
Tealight

Instructions:

Paint the glass jar orange and leave to dry.

decorate with small pieces of black paper to glue on or Paint on a scary face in black paint.

Pop in a tealight for a spooky glow.

 

toddler crafts, this jack o lantern tea light is simple to make for halloween
toddler crafts, this jack o lantern tea light is simple to make for halloween

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9 Comments

  1. 8th October 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Those lanterns are so simple but look really effective. I love this time of year, Halloween is always the last big deal for us before Christmas.

  2. 8th October 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Ah how cute! I remember doing the spider from hand print when my eldest was younger. Would be great for my rainbow group too! So simple and effective!

  3. 8th October 2016 / 11:02 pm

    That is a pretty cool project that my little guy would love.

  4. 9th October 2016 / 4:41 pm

    Great activities to keep little hands busy. I will be using these ideas with Erin.

  5. 9th October 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I love the handprint spider, that’s a lovely idea!

  6. 9th October 2016 / 7:19 pm

    These are such great ideas. Tin Box Tot loves crafts but I’m terrible at coming up with simple things to do that can also involve her young sister. She also has a love of black paint. We might be making spiders soon 😊

  7. 9th October 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Ah you do a great job of it too! I’m not really a halloween fan at all and will buy whatever we need for attending a party if we go to one but I don’t do much else. You make it look like great fun though 🙂

  8. 9th October 2016 / 11:01 pm

    I’m totally going to make these with Amy over the next couple of weeks, I never do enough crafty stuff with her and those spiders look ace!

  9. 11th October 2016 / 12:04 am

    love the spiders! We’re having a Halloween Party and need to make some decorations

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