More Halloween Activities 3-5yrs+ 🎃🦇

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We’ve been doing lots of Halloween-themed art activities this week. Here are eight activities we’ve tried. Most of these activities are suitable for children 3-5 years+.

Drawing spider cut out puppets Halloween art at How we Montessori

1. Spider puppets – using cardboard spider cutouts, a rod and string. These could also be used for Halloween decorations. 

Halloween spider cut out puppets at How we Montessori

We could present these with paints or crayons, but here we’ve used markers.

Roller painting spider Halloween at How we Montessori

2. Spider painting – I found some old cardboard spiders in our Halloween decorations, and I thought it would be fun to try some negative printing. We put the cardboard spider on the paper and then used a roller to paint over the spider. 

Spider roller painting at How we Montessori

Then we lift the spider up and wow! It’s like using a stencil in reverse. 

Spider roller painting at How we Montessori

This is an interesting exploration of painting and printmaking. 

Roller painting spider Halloween at How we Montessori

3. Halloween pumpkin painting – we also tried the reverse printing with a cardboard pumpkin cutout. 

Pumpkin halloween painting at How we Montessori

This wasn’t as clean cut, but it gives the child ideas on painting and printmaking that they can use independently now and in the future.

Halloween stamps at How we Montessori

Halloween stampers – we’ve used this for some free stamping, but we could also present them with markers for the child to draw a scene.

Halloween self inking stamps at How we Montessori

We are using these self inking Halloween stampers (UK), similar here (US).

Halloween cutting tray at How we Montessori

Halloween cutting tray – Otto loves this activity. The child cuts the tape to find or ‘rescue’ what is in the muffin tray. I’ve used model spiders, insects including cockroaches, and Halloween-themed cut outs. We are using Halloween washi tape (AU), similar here (US).

Halloween cutting scissor tray at How we Montessori

I encourage Otto to try one cutting activity every day. 

Halloween cutting tray at How we MontessoriHalloween pasting tray – using Halloween-themed cutouts and glue. Pasting trays are underrated. Although it is not hard work, all the pasting is great for developing fine motor skills.

Halloween pasting tray at How we Montessori (1)

Pasting trays use lots of fine motor skills like coordination and concentration. 

Halloween pasting tray at How we Montessori (1)

As much as possible (and practical), I encourage Otto to paste with a brush rather than a glue stick. 

Halloween pasting tray at How we Montessori (1)

This could also turn into a story-telling activity. 

Halloween painting tray at How we Montessori

Painting a Jack O’ Lantern – we love to paint various Halloween decorations. This one is from Kmart (AU), and Riot Art (AU) also has many good options. 

Halloween painting tray at How we Montessori

Scary!! 

Montessori halloween cutting tray

Halloween cutting sheets – another cutting/scissor activity. We’ve used these Halloween cutting sheets but we could easily make our own. 

Halloween cutting tray at How we Montessori

We could use the cut out shapes for storytelling or for pasting. 

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