Search your playroom drawers because Halloween sticker shirts are a blast for preschoolers. This easy idea is exactly what we needed to recharge creativity and celebrate the change of seasons. Sticker shirts encourage fine motor development and writing preparation by strengthening small hand muscles.
RELATED: This is one of 31 Halloween activities on this super fun list!
Activities this fall
This fall, we have created pumpkin faces, counted ghost eyes, stuck sticky squares on a pumpkin, and grasped little erasers. We even created a memory game using little pumpkins. The best part of these activities is that they can all be tossed into a giant bin to make the Ultimate Halloween sensory exploration.
October, you have been anything but boring.
So now, let’s take out all the Halloween stickers (thank you, Target, Dollar Spot, and Amazon) for a simple yet SUPER engaging Breakfast Invitation.
This Halloween activity stayed out all day long.
Did you know that we keep the Breakfast Invitations out for an entire day?
By dinner, they have been well-loved and have eggs smeared on the middle of the white paper roll. At that point, it is straight to the recycle bin.
For those Breakfast Invitations that we want to revisit, we can create them again.
Remember, Breakfast Invitations take about 5 minutes to create, so they can be whipped up instantly. Reuse materials, so the only thing you need is the new paper.
RELATED: Did you know that sticker activities like this encourage pencil grip?
Materials you need
- Halloween stickers – Grab this pack. We have lots of uses!
- Markers – I love this 40-pack!
- White paper – This is the width you are looking for.
Craving a calmer morning?
Breakfast Invitations are simple learning games to begin the day with play.
Let’s get Halloween sticker shirts set up!
- Tape down a portion of your white paper roll.
- Use masking or painter’s tape to adhere to the four corners.
- Place a collection of Halloween stickers in a small bin.
- Draw about four or five shirts on paper.
- Invite your toddler or preschooler to decorate Halloween shirts.
As my four-year-old decorated, he also began to color in the picture. This is another fine motor activity for kids that encourages writing later on!
PRO TIP: Take off the backing for a more straightforward sticker peel.
Why are stickers important for the fine motor?
For starters, fine motor practice is going strong in this activity. See these little chubby fingers grasping the sticker? My three-year-old is strengthening his small hand muscles.
This is a simple preschool activity that encourages:
- Fun – reason enough for me!
- Gives you (the caregiver) a minute to drink morning coffee
Design your Halloween Shirt is also great for after school, before dinner, or just in the middle of the day when you need to give yourself a minute to catch your breath. We can look at the milestones for ages 3-4 and prepare simple play activities to encourage the progression of learning.
When will you set this up for your preschooler?
Other fun Halloween activities to try:
- COLORING: Halloween Color by Number
- ICE SENSORY BIN: Frozen Water Sensory Play
- MESSY SENSORY PLAY: Eyeballs in Shaving Cream (told you it was messy)
Like a moth to a flame, kids love stickers! They are colorful and fun to look at, and children feel capable when they peel off each sticker to decorate. Stickers also have great fine motor perks! When a child peels off each sticker, they make small hand movements and improve concentration. Even better? We can use stickers as a tool to prepare for pencil grip.
A trick I learned as a Kindergarten teacher is to peel off the backing. Now a child has more room to place fingers in a good place to successfully peel off each sticker.
Did your child want to add color to their Halloween sticker shirts? Terrific! Similar to stickers, using markers also helps strengthen fine motor skills. Scribbling is the first stage of writing, and we must encourage this to move along to forming lines, curves, and letter symbols.
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