Welcome back to the third and final Tuesday of our Halloween Invitation to Play Series! This week I’m sharing a simple toddler activity: an invitation to play with mini pumpkins and felt squares! Also be sure to check out our previous Halloween invitations to play: Halloween Fine Motor Fun and Playing with Glass Gems and Sand!
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Our Halloween Invitation to Play series is put on by myself and 5 other super kid bloggers! We’ll be sharing some creative Halloween themed activities to inspire your children to play and create! (Be sure to check out what my 5 fabulous co-hosts are sharing by clicking on the links at the end of this post.)
Toddler Halloween Invitation to Play with Mini Pumpkins & Felt
When I set up this simple Halloween invitation to play for Theo (my 2 year old), I didn’t realize just how much fun he would have with it! It was so fun to see all the things he came up with and how he encouraged me to play along!
- Mini pumpkins (I used five.)
- Felt squares in various colors. (Mine were about 4 inches x 4 inches, and I tried to focus on fall colors.)
- Small container (I used a little wooden box.)
This was super easy to set up! The only real prep work was cutting up some felt squares. I tried to make them just a bit bigger than the mini pumpkins so the color would show even as the pumpkins were place on top of them.
I placed all the materials in a row on our brick fireplace ledge where there was plenty of space. This surface was also the perfect height for my 2 year old. He was able to easily reach all the materials, and the surface was also close enough to the ground that he could extend his play onto the carpeted floor.
Theo started out playing with the felt squares. He loved putting the pieces of felt into the little box and then taking them out again. He also enjoyed lining the felt squares up onto the brick ledge.
Lately, Theo has been really excited and proud to practice colors. As he lined the felt squares up in a row, he tried to say all the color names and was encouraging me to help him along the way!
A bit later he involved the mini pumpkins into play. He’d place them on top of the felt squares in different formations. Theo has recently taken an interest in counting and enjoyed counting the pumpkins after he lined them up into a row. Again, he encouraged me to join in which was so fun!
It was really neat to see how the small box challenged Theo. He brought his play onto the floor and began putting the pumpkins into the wooden box.
As he played, he began to realize not all the pumpkins would fit into the box at once. He was intrigued with this and continually changed up the combination of pumpkins he tried get inside. Then he started naming the pumpkins based on size while doing this. There was a baby pumpkin, a mommy pumpkin, and the biggest one he named the daddy pumpkin!
The play ended with Theo hiding all the felt squares down his shirt! He thought it was so funny when I couldn’t figure out where they were. I love how the play ended in a little game of hide-and-seek!
Learning Through Play
I was really surprised how such a simple invitation to play also turned into a wonderful sensory activity and involved so much learning. Theo really used this play invitation to practice his interest in colors, counting, and size comparison. And the best part was having some fun, quality time playing playing with my little guy!
Be sure to check out all the other Halloween invitations shared this week from some of my favorite blogging friends. You’re sure to find some Halloween inspiration!
Black & White Halloween Sensory Bins by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Halloween Sensory Play: The Haunted Pumpkin Patch by Fun-A-Day
Play Invitations to Match Your Halloween Costumes by Nothing if Not Intentional
Halloween Carnival Pom Pom Tree Play by Play Trains!
Sticky Witch Hat Toddler Craft by Twodaloo