Easy Halloween Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers

 

Easy halloween games for toddlers and preschoolers

Halloween is a busy week for parents of young children and home daycare providers.

You can create fun games for your daycare group without spending lots of time and money. Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy simple games that they can do multiple times.

They enjoy tactile active type games that have very few rules or guidelines.

Make sure you have enough materials so that your children don’t have to wait long for their turn.  There is nothing like a throwing game to keep the toddlers happy and involved!

Game #1- Witch Hat Ring Toss

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I filled the hat with scrunched up paper to make the top part solid. My older kids made a ring by twisting pipe cleaners together.

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The kids took turns trying to toss the ring onto the point of the witch’s hat.  You can see in the photo that I made the ring quite big to make the game easy enough that preschoolers would experience success.

 

Game #2- Flying Ghost

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Make a ghost out of white felt.  You could also use a napkin or a kleenex.

Stuff the head and tie a string around the neck.  Use a marker to add eyes and a mouth.

This game is great for young toddlers.  Throw the ghost and have him fly over the pumpkin.

The concept of this game is very basic and that is why it is appealing to toddlers.

They will start by following your example and throwing the ghost over the pumpkin. Then they will explore and create a new way to interact with the pumpkin and ghost.

This is the beauty of playing games with toddlers.  It doesn’t take much to keep them happy and amused.

Stuffing the ghost head with rice or beans will help give him a bit of weight and he will fly farther.

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Game #3- Pumpkin Toss and Leap

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You can use a real pumpkin that has been carved or a pumpkin bag.  A big pot (a witch’s cauldron) would work as well.

I have a small toy pumpkin that the children like to try to toss into the pumpkin bag.  I needle felted it a few years ago and it is soft.

Here is the tutorial if you want to make your own felted pumpkin. You could also use a black sock rolled up into a ball.

Have the children try to throw the small pumpkin or sock into the real pumpkin (or bag) and then LEAP frog over the pumpkin. A real pumpkin is great for providing them with a solid obstacle to leap over.

Game #4- Tigger Bounce

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We have a Winnie the Pooh dressed up in a Tigger Halloween costume.  My group loves him.

The toddlers like to toss him and see if he can bounce off the tin pumpkin plate.  You could use any Halloween toy that you have and toss it towards a paper plate.

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I line up the tossing games and watch the children throw to their heart’s content. Having four different games helps make sure the children don’t have to wait too long for their turn.

I also like to offer pumpkin bowling and some pumpkin crafts.

Here is a video of my favourite pumpkin felt board poem and some ghost fingerplays.

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I hope that helps make your daycare Halloween party preparations easier.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Jana

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