Today we had our daycare Halloween party, so I thought I’d share some fun activities we did that you can do for free or on the cheap! Even better, they are great learning experiences for toddlers and preschoolers! We also enjoyed some “spooky” treats which I’ll also share.
For the pumpkin counting game I just took orange construction paper, drew a pumpkin with a black Sharpie, and inside each one wrote a number between 1 and 10 (if you had older kids you could go higher but mine range from 2-5 so we kept it simple). You can use beans, noodes (which is what we did), or any other object for counting. The kids then count out the correct number of beans/noodles/whatevers to correspond with their pumpkin. I used noodles I had in the cupboard and paper we had in our stash: FREE!
I can’t remember where I got these foam Halloween stickers but seems to me it was uber cheap on a garage sale. Wal Mart sells foam packs for $5 or less, and if you get them on clearance even cheaper. I tore purple construction paper in half, gave each child a sheet, and let them stick away! This is great for younger children to practice fine-motor skills and the open-ended result leaves them all to their creative imaginations!
This mummy craft we didn’t get to this morning so my daughter and my oldest daycare girl did them on their own after school. I simply divided two 12×12 sheets of black cardstock into fourths and used a chalkboard marker to draw a “mummy” figure. From there the kids tape strips of masking tape across the figure (my daughter did perfectly straight lines, but in this case crooked would be great!). Once the tape is done, then they can cut the mummy out and add googly eyes!
Here was lunch today!
We continued the mummy theme through lunch with one of my favorite Halloween foods, mummy dogs, and this year also tried the dipped pretzel stick mummies. (They weren’t as pretty as these that I found on Pinterest, but I was out of baggies and figured for littles it wasn’t worth my time to worry about perfection. ;)) The veggie tray was a new addition, too. (For other things I’ve made in the past, check out my post on Kidville.) I think they were happy!!!
Tomorrow I’ll share some ways to save on Halloween costumes, and my daughter’s costumes to date, and I hope to get a fall decoration ready before Friday to replace my Halloween wreath! If so I’ll share on Thursday!