1. Make Yummy Treats Together
Children love making their treats, which feeds their desire to be part of a community, refine their senses and motor skills, and make them much more likely to try new foods since they are part of the process of preparing them.
- For healthy treats, make tiny pumpkins by placing a small piece of celery into the top of peeled orange, or ghosts by adding nuts (or chocolate chips) to half of a banana.
- If Halloween is a time for a special sweet treat in your family, you can bake cookies in Halloween shapes together.
Appropriate for a child who can sit or stand at a work table.
2. Practice Grace and Courtesy
In typical years, trick-or-treating is an opportunity to practice grace and courtesy with your little one. When trick-or-treaters come to the door, you can demonstrate greeting people. And if your child is old enough to go out trick-or-treating, they can practice saying thank you at each house.
If your child does not wish to speak to strangers, that’s alright. They will absorb your words and your tone of voice.Learning grace and courtesy begins as an observation of the behavior you model from birth, and moves into practice as your baby grows.
Appropriate for a child who is using sign language or speaking.
3. Make Festive Jewelry
Exercise your child’s developing motor skills by making necklaces or bracelets with black, orange, and purple beads. Note that typical pony beads are 9 mm and may be too small for your child to coordinate. Look for 12 mm beads.
Extend the activity by starting with one dish or tray with all the colors of beads and first sorting the colors you wish to use.
Have your child hold the cord while you string the beads on. Or, use a pipe cleaner to string them and make a bracelet.
Appropriate for a child as young as 14 months (depending on the child) but with only a couple of beads, and the activity can increase in difficulty as different sizes & shapes are introduced. Tip: If you own Monti Kids Level 6, you can use the Montessori bead stringing set to practice.
4. Decorate Together
Collaborate with your child to decorate your house, with spiderwebs, pumpkins, ghosts, and all. Toddlers are often frightened by things that don’t look like they should. Scary decorations at stores or around town are an opportunity to discuss why people decorate, and the difference between real and pretend.
Appropriate for a child that has begun walking; before then, they will observe your movements.
5. Prep Pumpkins
Work with your child to scoop out your pumpkins and roast or plant the seeds. If you want to avoid sharp objects for carving and involve your little one in the decorating process, scrub and paint each pumpkin together. (Related: 7 Pumpkin Activities for Toddlers)
Appropriate for a child that can sit; even if at a weaning table, the inside of the pumpkin can be a very engaging sensorial experience.
6. Design a Costume
If your child is wearing a costume, encourage them to be part of the process of making it. Ask them if there is anything they would like to dress up as, like an animal they love, or a realistic character from a book.
If your child can’t decide or doesn’t have verbal language, offer them two choices…you can be a cow or a parrot…what do you choose?
Wishing you a Happy Montessori Halloween from the Monti Kids team!