Regardless of whether you’re in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, October is generally one of the best months to spend outside with the kids! Whether it’s exploring the wonderful reds and golds of Autumn (or ‘Fall’, depending on where you are 🙂 ), or the bright, new flowers that come with the arrival of Spring, October, with it’s milder temperatures and interesting sights is definitely the perfect time for outdoor activities!
With Halloween creeping up on us, rather quickly in fact, i’ve decided to pull together a list of some of the best Outdoor Halloween activities and crafts for toddlers and young kids. With the temperatures cooling down here in Spain, i know i want to make the most of our outdoor play opportunities!
Wet and Messy Outdoor Activities
1. Pumpkin Scoop the Goop! (Here’s one of ours!)
Great fun! Get hold of a pumpkin – the bigger, the better – and carve a hole in the top. Scoop out all the seeds and flesh and set aside for later. Mix up a batch of orange goop (2 cups of cornstarch, 1/3 cup of water, 1/3 cup of conditioner and a few drops of orange food coloring – use red and yellow if you don’t have orange, but don’t be surprised if it turns out a little ‘pinkish’, like mine did 🙁 ) and add the goop to the seeds and flesh. Mix the whole lot together, making sure to break up any large clumps of seeds with your hands, then dump the mixture back into the pumpkin. Your little one can jump right in there with their hands, or if they’re a little hesitant at first, hand them a measuring spoon, or some other hand tools and let them get comfortable first! We love this goop recipe, because it is not too messy and not too intimidating – perfect for toddlers! If you find your goop is a little tough, just add a little extra conditioner! It even smells nice!
If you have a couple of kids together, you can add another aspect to the game (great for Halloween parties) – Blindfold the kids, and let them take turns grabbing a handful of the goopy mess. Make sure they each have a bowl to drop their fistful of fun into when it’s their turn, then count and see who managed to ‘catch’ the most pumpkin seeds. The big kids can even help the little ones count!
2. Prize Bucket of Guts (or worms – if you want to tone it down just a little 😉 )
Eewww! But i know one Little Lady that would love to get her hand in a big bowl of this! All you need to do is cook of a batch (or two) of spaghetti, and color it in shades of reds, browns and purples. If you prefer to do worms, you could stick to blacks and browns. Throw in some gummy worms for extra ‘oogly’ effect if you’d like, then add in a couple of little prizes and pull down the blindfolds! There’s something extra ‘gross’ (and extra fun!) about not being able to see!
3. Bobbing for ‘Poison’ Apples
This is pretty much your traditional ‘bobbing for apples’ – with just a few tweaks for extra ‘Wow!’ factor… I’m sure by now you have a couple of those plastic snake or spiders left lying around? Well, get them out of the draw – we’re going to be using them! Along with that, we need a couple of drops of red food coloring, and some gelatin (you could use either sheets or powder – that’s up to you). Prepare your gelatin and add it to the colored water. The end consistency should be a little thinner than jello. Drop in your apples, then add in your plastic snakes and spider. Yuck! Suddenly, i don’t think i like apples anymore!
4. Witches Brew
This super fun activity from Kids Activities Blog is perfect for little Halloween munchkins that love water, love mixing, love art, love splashing! Your little one is even going to learn something in the process! Head on over to kidsactivitiesblog.com for all the details.
Active Outside Halloween Activities (time to burn off some of that energy!)
5. Witches Hat Halloween Ring Toss
This DIY Halloween ring toss from Sometimes Creative is one of my favorites – Great for outdoors (but wonderful for those rainy days too), your little one is going to have plenty of opportunity to practice their throwing skills, balance, hand-eye co-ordination and sportsmanship! Check it out!
6. Gross Motor Skill Halloween Pumpkin Hopscotch
With all the focus on ‘fine motor development’ (yes – it is VERY important) we sometimes tend to forget about the importance of the ‘gross motor development’ side of things. Luckily, Carolyn from Pleasantest Thing has shared a nice, easy Halloween Hopscotch game that focuses on your little one’s gross motor development. Head on over and get all the details.
7. Hula Hoop Spider Web Game
Oh, aren’t these great! A quick and easy outdoor game for the kids, then extra decorations for the garden… No need to be running around tidying up toys before the party guests arrive! And best of all, all you need is a couple of old Hula Hoops, some tape and a bag of cotton wool balls! All the details here (diynetwork.com)
8. Monster Bean Bag Toss
Even though the The Photographer’s Wife created this monster bean bag toss for a toddler’s monster themed birthday party – i’m sure it would be a huge hit with any child. This would be fantastic with a couple of kids, and magical for a Halloween party but, i have watched my Little Miss Sara (18 months) spend twenty minutes happily passing uncooked pasta from one bowl to another. Even if your child is an only child, and still quite little, i guarantee this one’s going to be a winner!
9. Pumpkin Golf
If you have one of those little plastic golf sets lying around at home, you NEED to do this! So, so cute! Head on over to Growing A Jeweled Rose for all the details.
10. Monster Fun Dice
What a wonderful activity – I don’t wan’t to say too much – but , this really is a great way to get the kids moving… You need to head on over to Momma’s Fun World and check this one out for yourself! Can’t wait till next year when Little Miss Sara’s old enough to do the spider crawl!
Do you have any spooky outdoors activities you’d like to share with us? Great!
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