Use these fun Montessori Halloween activities to set up your seasonal shelves this fall! Everything from literacy, math, and fine motor ideas!

Montessori Halloween Activities

These fun Montessori Halloween activities will keep your children engaged and excited to learn! You can use these printables and activities to set-up your seasonal and holiday shelves in October!

If you are a member of the HOKA Club, you already have access to all of these printables, as well as our full set of Halloween Resources in the October Seasonal Materials Section.

Shelves Overview

Even though it is difficult to see individual activities on the shelves in these photos, you can see that there are not too many trays and works presented. I feel very strongly that our spaces should not be cluttered or present too many choices.

These Halloween activities are displayed on our unit study shelves. I prepare more work that can be quickly swapped out when needed, but I don’t typically present “all the things” straight away.

If there are to many beautiful activities, too many trays, too many things displayed, it can make it difficult for a child to choose something to work with. The environment, including how work is displayed, should be calming and inviting in order to stimulate concentration.

Halloween Number Puzzles

This activity has two areas of focus – the beautiful image on the cards and the numbers at the bottom. When the puzzles are put together correctly, the numbers at the bottom are in the correct order. This reinforces proper number order for children that are still practicing this skill.

This set of printables comes with a 1 to 5 set of cards and a 1 to 9 set for more advanced counters!

The set also comes with blank mats. The child can place the strips onto the mat. This can contain the work, and can add a sense of order to it. Children can use the numbers at the bottom as an additional control of error.

You can also add a fine motor component to this material if you choose. Your little learners can glue the strips onto the mats.

To help me track which pieces belong to which puzzle, I add a dot to the back of each strip. All of the images belonging to 1 puzzle, get a specific color. This way, I can track what goes together quickly.

Numbers and Counting

Practice counting and number sense with spider manipulatives and number cards!

There are two types of number mats provided for this activity. Pictured below, you can see an errorless version!

Here, the child can place one spider manipulative onto each spider on the card. They are practicing counting. Another version is also provided without the spiders as a control of error.

Halloween Sensory Bin

Sensory trays like this offer a tactile way to explore and play, while simultaneously encouraging the child to use their fine motor skills.

You will need:

Orange lentils
Spider figurines
Spider web miniature
Small spoons
Optional – Halloween table scatter

Personally, I find that some children really enjoy the the chance to get their hands into a tray, touch the materials, and simply play! In my home, sensory bins have also been a great calming technique when dealing with big feelings.

You can provide a small spoon for the child to practice scooping and spooning the lentils. You could also offer a set of tweezers to scoop out the spiders.

Add another element to this activity – turn it into a sorting work! I added several spider figurines. The child can sort small and large spiders. 

Spills and messes

Make sure you keep a small-hand broom available nearby to clean up messes. And there will definitely be spills and messes! It’s almost inevitable. Just remind your little one that it’s important to cleanup after ourselves. Calmly, demonstrate how to use the hand-broom, then offer it to the child.

Please note: other children may find so many different elements overwhelming and not interesting. This depends on the child. I do not include sensory bins in my “core” learning work. They are just a fun addition!

Halloween Literacy

If the child is already familiar with letters, you can introduce some fun letter activities!

Halloween Letter Cards

You can see how we used the Halloween letter cards.

Sand trays are a fantastic way for children to practice writing before they are ready to actually use a pen and paper. Some children are quite particular about how their handwriting looks. Seeing letters that are not quite properly formed on paper can be discouraging when children are doing their best.

Materials like sand trays are less permanent than paper or even chalk boards and give children the opportunity to practice proper letter formation.

Because they are using their fingers to form letters, practicing over and over, muscle memory begins to develop. Children can remember the proper letter formation afterwards.

You will need:

  • Black sand
  • Optional – sequins and table scatter

You can present the letter cards without the sand tray, as well. Simply ask the child to match upper and lower case letters.

Letter Recognition

This is a very seasonal and very tricky activity! The child can look at the “silly” letter and then select the corresponding letter. This helps to build their visual discrimination skills.

Halloween Sifting

This is such a fun and cute little activity!

The idea is for the child to find all of the pieces of table scatter in the orange sand.

You will need

  • Orange sand
  • Small Halloween objects, such as table scatter
  • Small strainer
  • Tweezers
  • Bowl for placing the objects
  • Tray

After the small objects have been found, you can use a funnel to return the sand back into the jar. Use a hand-broom to clean spilled sand.

Using a sifter (or the tweezers pictured above) will serve as a lovely fine motor and practical life activity. Learning the control their movements as they search for table scatter will strengthen the hand, and prepares the child for hand-writing!

Practical Life

This is a classic Montessori activity. The goal here is for the child to transfer objects from the left cup to the right cup. Here, you can see white beans for our Halloween theme. They symbolize little ghosts – you will see later in this post different ways we used our “bean ghosts”.

Pouring work is very versatile. You can present a dry pouring work (ie- rice, lentils, etc.) or a wet pouring work (ie- water). There are so many variations of these activities!

A child can pour from one cup to another. Both cups are identical in size. Also, you can see that the cup on the left is not completely full.

As the beans continue to empty from the cup they are holding, the weight of that cup will also change. They will feel this, and will need to continue to hold it steady to avoid spilling.

Depending on the filler (beans in this case, but rice, water, etc can also be used), there will be a different sound that the child will hear as the material is transferred.

While to adults, the child is “just” pouring, there really is so much more going on for the child.

Once the child masters this activity, you can add a challenge – pouring from a pitcher into two cups!

Additionally, you can present some orange transferring work! Present two identical bowls, a spoon, and some orange lentils! Ta-da! A themed, seasonal transferring activity!

Children really enjoy work like this. Practical life activities will help to develop their concentration, as well as hand-eye coordination. It is really lovely to watch a young child concentrate as they work to move a full spoon carefully to other bowl.

It is amazing how much care and attention will go into a work like this. As simple as it is – these types of activities are so beneficial for the development of the child!

Halloween Pom-Pom Mats

These Halloween mats are a fun way to practice those fine motor skills! Plus they are VERY easy to prep – just print and GO GO GO!

The child can match colorful pom-poms to the printable mats.

Not only will the child be able to practice that oh so important pincer grasp, they will also be working on colour matching at the same time.

Change it up – you can provide an interesting spoon, tweezers, tongs, etc for the child to use instead of their fingers.

Colour Sorting

This colour sorting material was my daughter’s favourite! Please note- the image shows the Russian cards I made for us, but the full PDF contains only English. If you want these colour cards in Russian, please email me.

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The child can sort the different objects by colour.

Scissor Strips And Fine Motor Mats

The tracing strips provided in the Halloween Bundle are perfect for practicing writing skills and preparing the hand! You can use it in multiple ways to engage and encourage your preschooler or toddler to practice writing, use scissors, and get them ready to make the leap to forming letters later on.

All of these variations are pre-writing activities. We are doing the foundational work now!

Tracing Strips

Use the cards as a way to practice forming different lines. You do not need to present all of the strips to your preschooler straight away. Especially if it is the first time you are introducing the material. You can select around 3-5 cards for the child.

Present the strips alongside a manipulative, such as “ghosts”, pom-poms, or an appropriate alternative.

Make Ghost Beans

To make these cute little ghosts, all you need are some white beans and a black permanent marker. Just draw the eyes on the bean and use them as you wish!

The child can pick up a small object and then place it onto the line. This requires a great amount of concentration and hand-eye coordination. The child has to carefully place each “ghost” on the line without disturbing the others.

Scissor Strips

When a child is first learning to use scissors properly, they can first learn to “snip” in short, straight lines. This material is great for practicing snipping along a line.

The child can cut neatly along the dashed line. Also, be sure to present an empty bowl on the tray for placing the cut pieces.

Quick tip: I save the cut pieces for a gluing or patterning work the next day!

Gluing

This is an example of a prepared gluing work. It is fairly advanced and would require a lot of concentration.

On the tray, I have:

The child should use the paint brush to place some glue on the line. Next, they can add some Halloween decorations onto the line. This is a very difficult task that will require quite a great deal of concentration!

Alternatively, you can have your child cut along the dashed line. Or even form the lines in sand! There are many possibilities!

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Please do note: the full collection of October seasonal resources are available to HOKA Club members, including our guide that will help to break down the month. Our guide also has several tutorials showing you how to add hands-on activities to this theme. You can learn more about the HOKA programme here.

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