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Halloween Craft for Toddlers: Jack-o-Lantern Faces

Looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with your toddler? This jack-o-lantern craft only takes a few minutes to prepare, and you probably already have the items to make it on hand.

This craft is suitable for toddlers ages 1 to 3. As well as a fun craft, you will also have the opportunity to teach your toddler about colors, shapes, and even sorting.

You will need:

  • Construction paper (orange, green, black)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Using the scissors, cut several pumpkin shapes from the orange construction paper. I traced around a Tupperware lid. Next cut out several pumpkin "stems" from green construction paper. Last, cut out eyes, noses, and mouths from the black construction paper. Cut them in a variety of sizes and shapes so your toddler will have a variety to choose from.

Set the pumpkin shapes and face pieces in front of your toddler, and help him or her with the glue stick. When I handed my two-year-old son the glue stick he almost died of excitement. He couldn't believe I was actually letting him hold the glue stick!

Let your toddler pick out the pieces to create the pumpkin faces. We made two jack-o-lanterns, so my son picked out pieces for both faces.

Jack-o-Lantern Face

As he or she is selecting face pieces, use this opportunity to talk to him about colors and shapes. Ask him the color of the piece he is holding. Ask him what shape it is. If he is not very good at verbalizing yet, have him point to shapes and colors that you show him.

My son didn't at first know what a triangle or square was, but after I showed him the different pieces a couple of times, he was able to point to the correct shapes on the finished pumpkin face when he showed his daddy what he had made.

You can even introduce your toddler to the idea of sorting. As he is choosing face pieces, help him sort the pieces into piles of triangles, squares, and circles. You would be surprised how fast toddlers pick up on these concepts, especially when they are doing a fun craft project.

After he has chosen the pieces for the face, help him glue them to the pumpkin. I helped my son apply glue to the areas of the pumpkin where the faces should go, and then he arranged the face on the pumpkin.

These pumpkins were the first real craft project my two-year-old has done by himself. Now that his older brothers are at school all day, I decided he shouldn't have to miss out on all the fun. He was very proud of what he had made.

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