Halloween Activities for Toddlers: Mini Pumpkins and Felt

This invitation to play with mini pumpkins and felt squares is one of our favorite Halloween activities for toddlers!  It’s such an easy toddler activity to set up and leads to all kinds of sensory play and learning- including sorting practice and fine motor skills.

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Open-Ended Halloween Activity for Toddlers Using Mini Pumpkins and Felt~ BuggyandBuddy.com

 

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! (This post contains affiliate links.)

Materials for Pumpkin Activity for Toddlers

  • 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.)

Setting Up

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 placed on top of them.

 

Invitation to Play with Mini Pumpkins & Felt Squares~ Buggy and Buddy

 

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.

Playing

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.

 

Halloween Invitation to Play with Mini Pumpkins & Felt Squares~ Buggy and Buddy

 

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!

 

Halloween Invitation to Play with Mini Pumpkins & Felt Squares~ Buggy and Buddy

 

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!

 

Halloween Invitation to Play with Mini Pumpkins & Felt Squares~ Buggy and Buddy

 

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.

 

Halloween Invitation to Play with Mini Pumpkins & Felt Squares~ Buggy and Buddy

 

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!

 

Halloween Invitation to Play with Mini Pumpkins & Felt Squares~ Buggy and Buddy

 

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!

 

Halloween Invitation to Play with Mini Pumpkins & Felt Squares~ Buggy and Buddy

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!

 

 

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

 

 

Halloween Activity for Toddlers using mini pumpkins and felt: Kids can practice sorting by size and weight and practice fine motor skills with this simple fall sensory play center! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Comments

  1. I love this open ended activity. I love that all the objects were just his size.

  2. Thanks for this fun idea -sometimes the simplest combinations of two different materials can inspire such creative play!

  3. Such a lovely invitation. So open ended – allowing for true creativity! I love it.

  4. My almost two year old would love this!

  5. I love the invitations to play – they’re so open-ended and allow for free play. And I always love to see what the kids come up with to do with items!

  6. I love, love, LOVED this, Chelsey.

    If you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll stop over and link this up to the Perfectly Pumpkin Contest at B-Inspired Mama!

  7. What a great pumpkin activity for your little guy! Would you be willing to come share it at the 2nd Annual Perfectly Pumpkin Contest I’m co-hosting? http://www.giftofcuriosity.com/2nd-annual-perfectly-pumpkin-contest/

  8. I’m always so tickled when such simple materials lead to so much fun and spark so much creativity! Love the post!

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