A preschool color by number for Halloween? Yes, and yes.
My four-year-old jumped all in for this preschool color by number for Halloween. And what’s ironic is that a week ago, he wasn’t into coloring. Go figure, right?
But actually, there is a little more going on than that. Kids move at their own pace. When they are ready, they dive in head first. We talk a lot about this in our online course, WONDER; Playing to Learn. Meet children where they are at, and you will see progress and changes.
So here we are! Ready to color and improve pencil grip through play. Let’s get this Jack O Lantern coloring party started!
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There is something super fun about color by number.
Pumpkins are also something my boys are really into right now.
We’ve played Halloween color by number in the past. I modified the coloring activity for each stage of my boys.
- Toddlers may want to start with color by color.
- Preschoolers may work on color by number.
- The older crown can do simple addition or even a compound word match up.
If this is a hit, play all week using the variations! I like to keep fun ideas on repeat.
Coloring helps pencil grip.
We want to help our young children form letters and numbers, right? Let’s start by holding markers, crayons, and pencils in a casual work environment.
A simple invitation to color like this allows children the opportunity to get comfortable with how a marker feels in their hand.
When toddlers and preschoolers feel comfortable, they are more likely to take risks. Coloring is just one of the 50 sneaky ways to practice fine motor skills through play.
Here, we set up a simple invitation to play.
I call these Breakfast Invitations because I prep breakfast and drink my hot tea, and my child engages in play.
I play it cool and make conversation from the sidelines. Here, I don’t want to hover. I look to give my four-year-old the freedom and flexibility to take the lead.
After getting started, he realized he had a purple marker in his cup, but purple was not in his key. That’s a simple fix! I keep my tone flexible and add what he is looking for. As I do, he directs me and feels in charge of his learning.
Ready? Let’s set this Halloween coloring activity up!
Tape down the white paper.
Sketch a simple Jack-O-Lanterns on the paper.
Add a key and write in your colors.
Two simple supplies
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