The holidays are always a special time to enjoy special activities together. Here are a few simple kid-friendly, giggle-approved suggestions for spending some quality time together making memories with activities inspired by music and powered by imagination.
Pull out all of the dress-up clothes and props. And in the spirit of Halloween, maybe add a little face painting. Nothing inspires imagination and pretend play like playing dress up, especially if siblings or parents join in the fun too.
Sing New Words to Familiar Favorites
Instead of “Do You Know the Muffin Man,” how about “Do You Know the Pumpkin Man”? This works with so many favorites! Here’s another one…”Did you ever see a ghost, way up close, down by the bay…”
Download the free Kindermusik App to stream “Do You Know the Muffin Man,” “Down By the Bay,” and other adaptable tunes.
Make Pumpkin Spiders, Egg Carton Caterpillars, and More!
Check out this video playlist of craft activities, leading off with an adorably spooky pumpkin spider!
This super simple craft is sure to foster lots of fun creativity and delightful pretend play. Here’s how to make the masks, brought to us by the folks at Artful Parent. Consider making several different masks to add to the choices for dress-up play. Oh, and don’t forget to turn on some music during craft time.
Enjoy a Little Vocal Play
Have fun with a little back-and-forth vocal play with all of your favorite Halloween words, either singing or speaking. Vocal play is great for developing a sense of rhythm and enhancing language development.
Read, Read, Read
Reading literacy and musical literacy go hand-in-hand. Search “Halloween books for preschoolers” and you’ll find lots of book lists, including Halloween-themed books from some of your favorite literary characters like Peppa the Pig.
We want you to have fun this Halloween, but we also want you to be safe. Here’s a link to a list of great safety tips for the day found over at Safe Kids Worldwide. And these aren’t just for the kids! Adults should be extra careful driving around when your community is trick-or-treating. Keep your eyes peeled for little ones trying to fill their candy bags.
Have fun out there and be safe!