Halloween is a fun time of year for crafting with kids, but if you have a toddler at home, carving a pumpkin or cutting out intricate patterns may be a little beyond their comfort zone.
Susan Shields of Rainbow Station stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to go over a few Halloween crafts for toddlers between the ages of 2 to 4 years old which will allow them to have fun as they sharpen their motor skills.
Toilet paper pumpkins
Need orange tissue paper, a roll of toilet paper, black construction paper or felt, a brown straw or stir stick and green construction paper.
Rolling the tissue paper around the toilet paper and tucking it into each end requires the children to practice the rolling motion and also requires them to keep the toilet paper roll in the middle of the paper, and cutting out the pieces for the details also require them to practice their hand-eye coordination.
Sweet and Spooky Ghosts
Need a sucker, toilet paper/paper towel/white tissue paper, some ribbon and a black marker.
Wrapping the sucker in white paper and securing it with a bow is a fun way to have children practice tying a bow, just as they do when they tie their own sneakers. Drawing a small face onto the sucker ghost will require a delicate touch, and you'll have suckers after Halloween as added treats for the candy stash!
Candy Corn Sponge Painting
Need black construction paper, white/yellow/orange paint, cotton balls and clothes pins.
This is a large enough shape for a child to practice cutting along an outline with the help of a parent. The clothes pins allow children use cotton balls for a fun sponge paint effect without getting too messy! And the candy corn pattern allows children to practice keeping the appropriate color inside the appropriate section.
****BONUS POST-HALLOWEEN ACTIVITY
To prevent your children from binging on candy that's not a part of their normal diet, use the candy to have them practice sorting and counting. For example separate all chocolate, sour, fruity candy, etc. into different piles or separate by the color of the wrapper. Have them count the number of pieces in each pile and decide on a specific number of pieces they can have each day for a set period of time, to practice throughout the coming weeks how many pieces are left.
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