Now that my son has started school I’m on the look out for more crafts for toddlers that I can do with my daughter. This button pumpkin craft is a fun activity that can be used to celebrate fall or Halloween and is great for promoting fine motor skills.
Autumn and Halloween
I have a little confession to make. Don’t tell anyone? Promise? Ok, I am a bit addicted to washi tape. It’s so pretty and it’s perfect for making crafts for toddlers too. To be honest though (and oh, this pains me to type it) I probably don’t get to use it as much as I should. All well and good but if I don’t use my existing stash of washi tape how can I justify buying anymore?! You see my problem, right? I knew you would. Thankfully (and I use that term loosely) help has come in the form of my kids who appear to have inherited my great love of the washi. I’m not sure if I should be pleased or not?! Either way my toddler was very keen to make this washi tape fall leaves craft!
Do you celebrate the Day of the Dead? I must admit that we haven’t really previously, all those skulls? To be honest I thought it was a bit morbid, especially for the kids. But last year my son got interested in it, really interested. I guess the truth is that kids are naturaly interested in the concept of death and sadly it’s one of the things we find hardest to explain! The Day of the Dead isn’t designed to be morbid, it’s a festival that remembers and celebrates family and friends that we have lost and the more I think about it I think that’s actually a good thing to promote to our children. These Day of the Dead crafts for kids are a great way to celebrate the festival with your children, and if your kids suffer from post-Halloween come down (mine do!) then it’s a great way to carry on some activities and learning with them that they’ll enjoy.
Do you bring things home from the woods? Not squirels or foxes obviously (though I am tempted) but little things. Acorns. Leaves. Pine cones. I don’t think I’ve ever made it home without a pocket full of treasures that we’ve found. To be honest, I came home laden with stuff just after a visit to our local park today, turns out I’m a bit of a magpie for autumnal goodies. What do you do with these goodies though? No matter if you’ve been picking up bits from your wanders or have been on a full blown scavenger hunt it seems wrong to just chuck them out. Well you make this autumnal scavenger playdough of course! Sounds simple? Oh yes, but I had to eventually physically remove my kids from it, such was it’s popularity here.
Do you love Halloween? I do, but to be honest I’m not keen on the super scary stuff, apart from anything else, with two small people in tow I don’t want to deal with any nightmares! I do like the excuse for dressing up and having fun though and I see no reason why Halloween can’t be a fun and friendly celebration too! These cute pumpkin crafts should all help make your Halloween a bit sweeter, and if you’re looking for something even more child friendly or suitable for Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival celebrations there are a few with ‘scary’ faces where you could always leave the faces off? (I think they’re pretty sweet though?! What do you think?)