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Halloween Activity for Toddlers – Make a Pumpkin Shape Sorter

halloween activity for toddler pumpkin shape sorter learning play craft

This pumpkin shape sorter is a fun Halloween activity for toddlers! It is where crafting, playing, and learning collide with a pumpkin twist! Keep on reading to find out how we made it!

A Halloween Activity for Toddlers with Lots of Emotions!

Not only is this activity great for fine motor skills and learning the early math skill of shape recognition, but I love how you can create a collection of pumpkins to showcase so many emotions!

This is a great opportunity to talk about feelings and put a name to each emotion. If you are looking for more emotion-related activities, be sure to check out our Easy DIY Feelings Cup activity!

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Skills: 

Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch How Fun This Halloween Activity for Toddlers is!

Making a DIY shape sorter is super easy. Get the kids involved in crafting the pumpkins and making them orange with a green stem!

I love how this activity involves so many fun skills. They can tap into their creative side while crafting the pumpkins, learn about emotions, recognize and distinguish between a bunch of different shapes, all the while working out their small muscles in their hands and fingers as they push the shapes through the sorter (this is so great for fine motor skills!).

Watch How Fun This Halloween Activity for Toddlers is!

Making a DIY shape sorter is super easy. Get the kids involved in crafting the pumpkins and making them orange with a green stem!

I love how this activity involves so many fun skills. They can tap into their creative side while crafting the pumpkins, learn about emotions, recognize and distinguish between a bunch of different shapes, all the while working out their small muscles in their hands and fingers as they push the shapes through the sorter (this is so great for fine motor skills!).

halloween activity for toddler pumpkin shape sorter learning play craft

Tips for Making Pumpkin This Shape Sorter

This DIY toy is super adaptable! Since we had such an odd sized box, I decided to use it and have the kiddos make a bunch of pumpkins stacked vertically on top of each other, but feel free to adjust based on the kind of box you have! If it is a small one, then just make 1 pumpkin, if it is a big one, make a bunch. It is up to you!

Make sure that you have an opening for the blocks to fall out (my kids love hearing them fall on a metal pan!), or if you prefer they don’t fall out, just make sure you leave an opening in the box so you can retrieve the blocks so the kids can play over and over again!

If your are learning shapes with your toddler or preschooler, be sure to check out our Shapes Monster Craft. It’s perfect for the spooky season and can be even used as a Halloween decor gardland!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Using cardboard, cut out the shapes of pumpkins.

Step 2

Provide art supplies for the kids to decorate the pumpkins. We used orange and green paint sticks.

Step 3

Once dry, use a pencil to trace the shapes for the eyes and mouths of the pumpkins. Make them each look different so you can talk about emotions! Plus, add a nose!

Step 4

Glue the pumpkins to your box.

Step 5

Use a sharp craft knife to cut out the eyes and mouths, cutting all the way through both layers of cardboard so that the block pieces will enter and fall into the box.

Step 6

Tape to the wall for a vertical set up! And now this Halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers is ready to be played with!

Step 1

Using cardboard, cut out the shapes of pumpkins.

Step 2

Provide art supplies for the kids to decorate the pumpkins. We used orange and green paint sticks.

Step 3

Once dry, use a pencil to trace the shapes for the eyes and mouths of the pumpkins. Make them each look different so you can talk about emotions! Plus, add a nose!

Step 4

Glue the pumpkins to your box.

Step 5

Use a sharp craft knife to cut out the eyes and mouths, cutting all the way through both layers of cardboard so that the block pieces will enter and fall into the box.

Step 6

Tape to the wall for a vertical set up! And now this Halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers is ready to be played with!

More Halloween Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

It has 2 dozen unique activities that will be sure to keep the kids busy and learning the whole month of October!

Activities include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few!

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More Halloween Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

It has 2 dozen unique activities that will be sure to keep the kids busy and learning the whole month of October!

Activities include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few!

More Ways to Play with Shapes

Here are my top picks for shape themed gifts!

Wooden Block Shape Train

This wooden stacking train is a fun way to combine block play, shape learning, and building! This set comes with the train car and 15 blocks.

Wooden Gemoetric Shape Puzzle

This set comes with 155 pieces of different color blocks for creating different forms contained in 24 design cards.

Wooden Shape Puzzle

This wooden puzzle includes 18 shape pieces a cotton bag. I love that it features so many types of shapes!

Shape Sorting Truck

This versatile shape sorting tooy includes 15 shapes and a laser engraved pull-a-long truck!

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