Pumpkin Halloween Activities for Toddlers

Halloween Activities for ToddlersHalloween is a fun time for kids of all ages – you’re never too old and certainly never too young. And what’s Halloween without pumpkins? So today I bring you Halloween activities focusing on pumpkin that you can enjoy with your toddlers.

If you have pumpkin patches in your area make a plan to visit as a family outing to select the perfect pumpkin and take part in the autumn festivities. If not then your local supermarket will do the job. With your fabulous pumpkin at home you’re ready to start the decorating fun together.

We’ve put together a couple very simple pumpkin crafts that every toddler will enjoy. Prepare for the activity in advance, so your little ball of energy can dive right in. (We’re leaving the carving to the older kids)

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 shape and leaves out of green or brown paper.

Present the pieces to your toddler along with a glue stick and watch his creativity. You can also give him an orange paper plate so he/she can glue the pieces to make fanciful pumpkin faces. To round out the idea, consider framing this work of art with some photos of your toddler at the pumpkin patch. You’ll treasure those three-eyed jack-o-lanterns years from now.

Pumpkin Painting

Oftentimes younger children miss out on the fun of jack-o-lanterns because they’re obviously 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 or older sibling for the actual carving.

So for the toddler, here’s a safer option – Pumpkin Painting. Think of how much fun your toddler or preschooler will 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 (they love one of Daddy’s old shirts), get out non-toxic paints, cover the floor or go outside if the weather permits so you don’t have to worry about the mess, and then let them go to town.

Now you have a couple Halloween activities that will make spending art time with your toddler so much fun and not a bit challenging. Just give him age-appropriate tools, grab your camera, and relax. Your child will feel cherished, and you’ll begin a tradition of making precious Halloween memories together.

Who knows you may have a budding Picasso.