Most kiddos love Halloween but younger toddlers sometimes feel out of the loop. Toddlers are old enough to trick-or-treat, but too young for activities like scary haunted houses, using a knife to carve pumpkins and some smaller candies and tougher Halloween crafts. Luckily, you can celebrate Halloween with even the youngest toddlers thanks to some pumpkin themed crafts that are sweet and educational and easy for little hands to manage. In the days leading up to Halloween, check out the 13 pumpkin crafts below for some seasonal crafting fun -- toddler style!
Pumpkin Spice Playdough
You can whip up a batch of this pumpkin spice playdough in no time at all using natural food colors or colors made from food items such as beet, carrot and turmeric. Then grab a rolling pin plus go on a nature walk to collect fall’s bounty, including autumn leaves, chestnuts, acorns and more to use as playdough accessories.
Pumpkin Yarn Art
Your toddler can learn how to make a yarn pumpkin molded around a balloon if he wants a big round yarn pumpkin or you can skip the not so eco-friendly balloons and make a cute flat yarn Jack O’ Lantern you can hang on a wall or window.
Pool Noodle Pumpkin Printing
If you’ve got some recycled pool noodles plus a bit of non-toxic paint, your toddler can easily make perfectly round (and sweet) little pumpkin prints.
Jack-o-Lantern Squish Bag
Babies and toddlers alike will love playing with this Jack-o-Lantern squish bag (or sensory bag). Bonus, it only takes about two minutes to put a bag together.
Pumpkin Puffy Paint
This homemade puffy paint recipe is perfect for many arts and crafts and can be made easily with stuff you already have around the house. Kids will love exploring the texture and pumpkin scent of this child-friendly paint.
Egg Carton Pumpkins
Pumpkin Seed Art
These beautifully colored pumpkin seeds can be used for all sorts of art projects and encourage counting and color recognition skills. We do suggest you save some seeds for munching and be sure that you keep stray pumpkin seeds away from babies and toddlers who still put things in their mouths as the seeds pose a choking hazard.
This fun craft helps make the most of sunny autumn days and makes decorating windows for Halloween a snap.
Recycled Pumpkin Crayons
Not only do these recycled pumpkin crayons teach kids about upcycling and color but you can even bag them up as an adorable cavity-free Halloween trick-or-treat hand out.
Mason Jar Jack-o’-Lanterns
This simple but fun craft is easy enough for toddlers but the results are oh, so cute. Place these festive jars around the house or on the porch with LED tea lights for Halloween night.
Potato Pumpkin Printing
Easy as pie, your child can make some spooky (or cute) pumpkin faces with nothing more than a potato or yam, some non-toxic paint and a bit of help with a knife from mom or dad.
Pumpkin Scented Cloud Dough
Perfect for fall sensory bins or just playtime at the kitchen table, pumpkin scented orange cloud dough smells festive and gives little ones a cool tactile experience.
Funny Felt Pumpkin Faces
These reusable and easy to make pumpkin felt faces can be made with felt scraps you have on hand. An awesome craft for a play date or child’s Halloween party during this spooky season.