Toddler Activities: Halloween Sponge Painting


Toddler Activities: A great painting activity with Halloween shapes. Perfect for young toddlers.


ghost sponge painting
  • White, Orange or Black Construction paper

  • Free Printable Ghost and Spider Stencil

  • Sponge

  • Paper Plate or small plastic palette for paint

  • Paint Brush

  • Tempera paint (white, black, orange or purple)

  • Masking tape

  • Glue Stick

  • Scissors

Helpful Items

  • Newspaper to work on

  • Art smock or old shirt


how to make a sponge painted ghost
  • 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.

Educational Tip

Read a Halloween story and talk about different Halloween characters or things that represent Halloween.