Need some easy Halloween activities for your little ones? Keep reading for some exciting and fun activity ideas and how to do them. You can also view our tutorial videos by heading over to our social media channels. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see how we created them or read on for written instructions. We’ve got activities suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers:
There are multiple activities you can get stuck into with one pumpkin!
Cut the top of the pumpkin to create a lid. Save to one side. Neaten up the inside lid area if you wish, and start removing the pulp. Place the pulp into a tray or bowl. Once the bulk has been removed use a spoon to scrape the inside to make smooth. Once the pumpkin is empty and neat, set aside.
You can create a sensory experience just from the pulp by using the tray or bowl to let your child play with it and explore the different textures, smells, colours, and sounds. To eliminate any mess, you can also do this by using a re-sealable bag. Fill the bag with the pumpkin pulp and let your little one push and squeeze the bag for a whole new sensory experience. You can also use sellotape to stick the bag to a window or a light source for another way of experimenting. There are endless possibilities – using a pen, draw a pumpkin face onto the re-sealable bag (if there is a label on the bag, you can use nail varnish remover to wipe away for a clear bag). Fill the bag with seeds but less pulp so that your little one can get busy pushing the seeds into the mouth of the face! This can also test numeracy skills, if you wish.
Why waste the opportunity of carving your perfectly empty pumpkin? With the lid from earlier, cut the excess pulp from the bottom to form a smooth lid. You can use a pen to draw a design, or you can freehand. Use your carving tools or knives to cut out the pieces. Place a tea light in the centre and pop the lid back on. Watch your pumpkin light up and look at the amazing colours it creates! Place it in a dark room for a more effective experience.
We would love to see your wonderful creations, so if you get involved, please send us some photos to [email protected] or tag us on social media. You can also check out our other Halloween themed activities for children from last year here.