During every holiday, child care providers like you make magic happen. There is much more to holiday planning in child care than meets the eye. Behind the scenes you have strategic planning and preparation, decorating, cooking, crafting and much more – all while considering the different personalities you experience on a daily basis.
We recently ran a poll asking if providers were planning on having a Halloween event or party for the children in their care. More than 75% of those who responded were hosting a Halloween or harvest-themed event so we thought it would be great to share a few fun and inexpensive ideas that you can easily incorporate into your holiday plans. As you begin to prep your home for Halloween season, consider the following tips on creating a fun and friendly Halloween environment for all of your kids.
First things first – get your child care kids involved. Holiday season is the perfect opportunity to create fun and engaging crafts of all kinds. Opt for themed crafts and projects that allow for children to explore and experience all the holiday has to offer. Sensory bins and bottles are a great way to incorporate the holiday. Try our Frighteningly Fun Sensory Bottle project!
Stock your bookshelves with Halloween and fall-themed books. Include books that explore different characteristics about the holiday. Our favorite Halloween book for children is Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. Rummage through your local thrift stores, recycled book stores, and craft stores for inexpensive Halloween book finds.
Decorating your child care home for the holidays takes extra planning and precaution. Since you have curious hands constantly roaming around, avoid any loose-hanging material and decorations (“spider webs”, tablecloths, etc.). Use artificial candles instead of open flames to light your jack-o-lanterns, and make sure the bulbs do not radiate heat. Be mindful of choking hazards as you select what items to decorate your home with, as well. Stay away from confetti and small, decorative toys.
Although this is a holiday full of scares, avoid things that are too spooky and respect those who are sensitive to the subject matter.
Use the crafts your kids make this season as decorations. Your kids will love seeing their artwork on display, and you will have a Halloween art gallery filling the walls.
One thing as a child care provider you need to be mindful of is displaying Halloween visuals. Halloween decorations can be pretty scary. Some kids really enjoy spooky material and visuals; however, you may have kids who respond negatively to them. Although this is a holiday full of scares, avoid things that are too spooky and respect those who are sensitive to the subject matter.
During any holiday, but especially at Halloween, you can get very creative with the food you serve your kids. As you know, kids can be quite picky when it comes to new foods. This is your chance to change up your normal menu and include some cleverly crafted Halloween meals that your kids will love to try. We have included some simple October-themed food options that are fun and easy to make.
Opt for healthier, nutritious options instead as kids will likely be getting more than enough sweets these next few weeks.
Keep your creations simple but fun, and encourage your kids to help with making them. They will be more likely to try new foods and they will gain a memorable and exciting experience. As tempting as it is to include lots of sweets and candy during the Halloween season, try to avoid too much sugar. Opt for healthier, nutritious options instead as kids will likely be getting more than enough sweets these next few weeks. Your families will thank you!
We hope these tips will help you create a fun and friendly Halloween and Fall environment in your child care home this year. Just remember, keep it simple and engaging. Your kids will love the new experiences and will look forward to every major holiday.
We love to see what kinds of holiday activities you have planned for the children in your care. Join the conversation on our KidKare Facebook page and share how you are making this October special in your child care home.
From all of us at KidKare, we hope you have a fun and safe October!
For more Halloween fun, check out our Halloween Activities for Child Care Providers. We have put together some spooky delights to help child care providers plan their Halloween festivities! You will find printable Halloween party invitations, a printable children’s Halloween activity book, Halloween recipes, and Halloween crafts. Enjoy!