1. Counting Candy
- Grab an empty ice cube tray.
- Put candy in a bowl.
- Let your kids put one candy in each hole.
- Count the candy!
This activity was a definitely preschool success. Hooray! The kids (both two years old) are at a point developmentally where they love sorting the candies into little compartments. We've already done this activity with marbles and other manipulatives and the kids have liked it, but the candy was a definite hit.
- Print and cut out animal masks.
- Let the kids color them.
- Add some elastic.
Admittedly, these masks were kind of a preschool fail. I think older kids would get a kick out of them, but our two year-olds wanted nothing to do with them once the coloring part was over.
Oh well. At least the teddy bears were happy to wear them.
3. Ripped Paper Pumpkins
- Rip some orange construction paper ahead of time.
- Print out (or draw your own) pumpkin outline.
- Help the kids cover their pumpkin with glue (from a glue stick).
- Let the kids put pieces of the orange paper on the pumpkin.
- Let the kids color the pumpkin stem green with a crayon.
- Write "pumpkin" in highlighter.
- Then help the kids trace the word "pumpkin" in pencil.
I am happy to report that this activity was also a preschool success. The kids had a great time decorating their little pumpkins and now we have a cute little Halloween decoration.
4. Practice Trick-or-Treating
- Dress the kids in their Halloween costumes.
- Have one mom/teacher go inside a bathroom or closet with the bowl of candy and close the door.
- Have another mom/teacher help the kids knock on the door.
- When the door opens, help the kids practice saying "Trick or treat!"
- Put some candy in their buckets.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Needless to say, this was an ultimate preschool success. Dress up? Silliness? Candy? Check, check, and check.
Also, this activity proved to be especially great because it actually taught the kids how to go trick-or-treating. Olivia is a pretty shy kid, but she was fearless about trick-or-treating at our church Halloween party this past Friday and she's super excited about doing it again tonight.
How have you been celebrating Halloween?
Find more fun and easy preschool ideas on the Preschool page. You can also find them by clicking on the Preschool button in the header. Enjoy!