When you think about Halloween you most likely think about older kids and teens dressing up and going trick or treating or to holiday parties with their friends. However, Halloween can be a fun holiday for preschool aged children as well.
If you do plan a party for preschoolers use these tips to make sure it’s safe and fun for every child involved.
Keep the party short and sweet.
Preschool aged children don’t have the longest attention spans. They also tend to tire out very quickly. For young children the party should really only be about an hour. Slightly older children should be limited to about two hours of party time at the most.
Go for structured activities for kids.
Unlike older children preschool aged kids aren’t going to form groups, talk and play amongst themselves quite so readily. Plan activities and make sure the kids at the party have something to do the whole time so that they don’t get bored.
Arrange simple activities for kids.
Activities that you plan for preschool-aged children should only have a few simple and easy to follow instructions. That way they won’t get frustrated or bored with the activities and the party.
Avoid troublesome activities.
Halloween activities like carving pumpkins or making candy with liquid chocolate could be problematic. It could be potentially dangerous for young kids. It might sound obvious but even things like making paper lanterns with scissors can be problematic for preschoolers. Plan your activities accordingly.
Don’t go for continuous games and activities.
Take regular breaks from scheduled activities for things like short, quick games and snacks. The games you plan don’t have to be exclusively Halloween related and you don’t have to fill kids up with Halloween candy. A simple game of Simon Says and healthy treats like carrots which are orange for Halloween are ideal.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.