Toddler Activities: Halloween Sponge Painting
Toddler Activities: A great painting activity with Halloween shapes. Perfect for young toddlers.
White, Orange or Black Construction paper
Free Printable Ghost and Spider Stencil
Paper Plate or small plastic palette for paint
Tempera paint (white, black, orange or purple)
Newspaper to work on
Art smock or old shirt
- Select a stencil of your choice. Make your own, find foam shapes at a craft supply store or educational stores have holiday stencils.
- Cut your stencil using construction paper.
- Select the color paint you want to use and then select a contrasting color of construction paper Black with white, orange with black, purple with white or orange are great combinations.
- Make a loop with a piece of masking tape and adhere your stencil to the paper.
- Cut out a square or rectangular piece of sponge as shown in photo. The rectangular shape made it easy to hold.
- Put paint on the palette. Dip sponge into paint lightly or use a brush to apply.
- Gently stamp along all the edges of your stencil.
- Gently lift stencil and place in another location.
- Repeat if desired.
- Let dry.
- Frame or mat onto another construction paper for a nice effect.
Tips and Suggestions
- Practice on a piece of newspaper or scrap paper first to show your child how to print without pressing to hard.
- For young toddlers, apply paint for them onto the sponge.
- For older toddlers, let them dip into the paint or use a paint brush to apply. The paint brush minimizes excess paint.
Read a Halloween story and talk about different Halloween characters or things that represent Halloween.