Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monster Games for Halloween Fun

If you are throwing a Halloween party, try one of these fun monster activites.  Toddlers will love smashing down a tower of monsters they created.  Pre-schoolers will rock out during this mummified dance party.  School age children will love making and wearing their Mitten Monsters to school, trick-or-treating, or just playing outside in the leaves.

Monster Smash

Best for: Ages 1 to 3 


You’ll Need:

  • 6 large, empty, clean and dry juice cans or large soup cans
  • Coloured construction paper – pre-cut to the size of the cans
  • Add-ons such as; Googly eyes, fabric trim, felt pieces, stickers, feathers, paper streamers, etc.
  • Craft glue
  • Bean bag(s)

 Directions for Making the Monster Cans:

  1. Prior to the party, empty, wash and dry the cans.
  2. Cover each can with a piece of coloured construction paper (purple, green, and orange work best) using craft glue. Allow to dry.
  3. At the party, provide each child with one of the covered cans.
  4. Have the children create their own “monsters” using the add-ons provided. If they’re having trouble coming up with an idea remind them that monsters don’t always have one eye, human shaped mouths, etc.
  5. Allow the cans to dry for about 15 minutes.
  
 

Directions for Playing Monster Smash:

  1. Stack the monster cans in a pyramid. 
  2. Have the children stand in a line a few feet back from the monster pyramid.
  3. Give the first child in line a beanbag and allow them 3 tosses to try and knock down the monsters.

 Tips:

  1. Put each child’s monster at the top of the pyramid when it is their turn. They are more likely to “smash” their monster down with it in the top position.
  2. If you have a lot of kids at the party:
    • You can use smaller cans such as pop cans which are easier to collect quickly. *NOTE - Put masking tape or duct tape over the opening to ensure no one cuts their fingers.
    • Create a few different pyramids to allow multiple Monster Smash games to go on at a time.
  3. Increase the difficulty by having the kids try knocking them down from further away.

Alternative:

If you don’t have a beanbag, substitute a ball instead and play Monster Smash bowling. All the other directions and tips apply!
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Mummy Wrap

Best for: Ages 3 to 5


 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 roll of white crepe paper (streamers) for each child.
  • Music source
  • Fun Dance Song - "The Monster Mash" is a great option


Directions for Playing Mummy Wrap:

  1. Divide the group into teams of 2-4 kids.
  2. Provide each group with a roll of crepe paper.
  3. Have each group decide who is going to be their first mummy.
  4. When the music starts, the rest of the group will begin using the crepe paper to wrap the child up like a mummy.
  5. After approximately 1 minute, turn off the music. The mummy wrapping must stop.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until each child has been ‘mummified’.
  7. Turn the music back on and have the children show off their best mummy moves by with a mummy dance party.

 
 

Tips:

  1. Once the kids have taken off their crepe paper and de-mummified themselves, keep the paper to use as stuffing for crafts, mailing parcels, animal bedding, etc.
  2. You can substitute toilet paper for crepe paper but it is a bit more delicate to work with.
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Mitten Monsters

Best for: Ages 5 to 8


You’ll Need:

A pair of gloves for each child in a variety of colours
Add-ons such as; Googly eyes, fabric trim, felt pieces, feathers, pipe cleaners, etc.
Scissors for each child
Fabric glue or glue gun



Directions for Making the Mitten Monsters:

  1. Provide each child with a pair of gloves, a pair of scissors and fabric glue (if using).
  2. Kids can trade a glove with each other prior to starting the craft to make two different coloured monster mittens each.
  3. Make sure that the kids have the mittens laid out with the thumbs touching when they decorate them. You want to make sure you end up with a left hand and a right hand.
  4. Allow the children to cut out designs from the felt, fabric, feathers etc. and design their monster mittens.
  5. If you are using fabric glue, the children can glue as they go along. If you decide to use a glue gun, have the children layout their designs and then an adult can go around afterwards with the glue gun to secure everything. 
  6. Once the gloves are dry, have the children put them on to show off their designs.

 

 Tips:

  • Magic mini gloves work great and are very inexpensive.

Alternative:

If you are working with an older group that you think can sew in a straight(ish) line with yarn, then you could make Mitten Monster Pets by stuffing the gloves with cotton batting or cotton balls then sewing them shut at the wrist!

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What are your favourite Halloween Party activities?
 


 
 

3 comments :

  1. Can you come over and be the activity director or arts and crafts teacher at my house? I love all of these ideas and can't wait to do them with my two kids next week!

    I love the Mummy Wrap game and I'm way past the recommended age group :)

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    1. I have to admit that I loved doing the mummy wrap too. The toilet paper was a bit finicky but that added to the fun. Definitely go for crepe paper streamers if you hae them!

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  2. Yes, that's really fun! I like your idea. It is truly easy and impressive. I think that I'll try it somehow too.

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