If you are anything like me you spend the last hours before bed determined to do more crafts with the kids the next day. I tell myself, “I can totally be that mom who had education and adorable activities for my kids each day. Why can’t we have a house filled with elaborate Halloween decor all made by my 4 and 2 year old?” And then the next morning I wake up to find them trying to fill their play kitchen with water they harvested from the powder room sink that still running and remember exactly why that ideal is simply not us.
But rather than accepting defeat entirely, I’ve switched my pinning to look for the easiest, no fuss, little mess Halloween crafts that would work for preschoolers. Almost everything in these crafts are already in our home which means that I can just whip them out on the fly when I can tell our afternoon is about to take a turn for the worst. Because let’s face it, in my house I don’t need crafts as a dedicated preplanned morning activity but instead for the – no one took a nap but everyone actually needs one -afternoons.
Our Favorite No Fuss Halloween Crafts for Kids
Here’s my round up to save our afternoons in October. I even went ahead and linked all the materials straight to Amazon Prime items so even if you don’t have all these items already in your house, you can within 2 days.
Easy Q-Tip Skeleton Handprint Craft
- Black Paper (or not if you are desperate)
- Washable Paint (or watercolor paint if you are desperate)
Instructions: Check out CraftyMorning for her full tutorial and instructions.
Glow Necklace Pumpkin Ring Toss
- Glow Ring Necklaces
Instructions: Send your kids outside, show them how to do it, go back inside and relax.
Yarn Pumpkin Halloween Garland Craft
Instructions: Check out The Land of Nod for the crafting instructions and photos.
Melted Crayon Pumpkins
Instructions: Find your broken crayons, glue them to the pumpkin, melt them.
The Bottom Line
Crafting with toddlers isn’t about the final product. It’s about the experience, watching them experience things for the first time and making those long afternoon hours pass by a little more quickly with alot more fun.