Child's Halloween drawingThe holidays offer some wonderful opportunities to nurture your child’s creativity. Halloween is one of the best holidays for creative fun. Regardless of your child’s strengths and interests, you can find some fun activities for your child to do that will nurture those strengths and maybe even encourage new interests. Here are 4 creative activities for kids who are verbally gifted, mathematically gifted, or musically or artistically talented.

Do Some Halloween Math Activities

Math activities consist of more completing worksheets decorated with Halloween pictures. Pictures on a worksheet really don’t make the math Halloween related. The No Time for Flashcards website has a couple of fun math activities for kids.

One activity involves math patterns. You create patterns like 1 2 3 1 2 3 1. But instead of numbers, you use mini Halloween erasers or Halloween candy like candy corn. If you use candy, you do need more than one kind of candy or you won’t be able to make patterns. Then you see if your child can figure out the pattern. What comes next? Or your child can create the patterns and you have to figure them out.

A second activity is the “haunted house equations activity.” You first have to make the “haunted house.” That just involves you drawing a large picture of a haunted house with several windows and a door. The one on the No Time for Flashcards site has 8 windows and one door.  It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. You also need to create several ghosts. You can either draw them on white paper or print some clip art ghosts and then cut them out.

Tape the house to the wall and then tape equations to the windows and doors. My advice would be to cover the windows and door with a wide strip of clear tape. That way the paper drawing will last longer as you tape things on and remove them. Write numbers on the paper ghosts that match the equations on the windows and doors and put some tape on the back of the ghosts. Your child then has to work out the math problem and stick the ghost with the right numb er over the equation.

The equations you use can be simple addition and subtraction problems for younger children first learning math, but you can create more difficult equations  – even some algebra – for kids who need more challenge.

Write a Scary Story

Halloween isn’t Halloween without a scary tale or two. Reading spooky stories is a fun activity for Halloween, but why not encourage your child to write one (or more) of his own? Many gifted kids have quite vivid imaginations and can come up with endless stories ideas, but other kids need a little help getting started.

Fortunately, “story starters” are readily available to provide that help. Some of them offer basic stories ideas. Some go a little farther and provide the first part of a sentence. And for those who need an extra push, some story starters provide a full opening sentence along with an idea for a story.

  • Halloween Story Prompts
    This site offers simple story ideas that kids can use as the basis for their own stories. Here’s an example of the kind of prompt your child will find here: Write about a fairly common item or life experience, that, for some reason, scares and even terrifies you.
  • Scary Starters
    This site provides several open ended sentences that can get kids get thinking up a story. Here is an example of the open-ended story starter: I got an eerie feeling when I heard…
  • Scary Story Starters
    This site has 7 story starters that consist of an opening sentence as well as the first opening lines of a story. Here’s one of them: It was a dark and stormy night, but the next morning was bright, sunny, and clear, which made it easy for people from miles around to see the alien ship floating over my house.

Even if your child writes a scary tale or two for Halloween, you no doubt will want to read more. One site with stories written by other kids is the Phoohietales website. Maybe your child can get his story published there! Kidpub is another site where you can read stories written by other kids. Your child can publish her stories here as well. This one, though, only allows members to publish stories so there’s a little more parental control possible here.

Some kids will confidently write stories from the start, and seem to have a knack for it, but others want to learn more about the craft of fiction writing to sharpen their skills. Those who want to learn about fiction writing can read up on it before they start their story writing activities or they can read about it later in order to do some editing. Either way, kids can no doubt strengthen their writing skills.

Paint or Draw Some  Pictures

Some kids don’t like to write. In fact, they downright dislike it. Some of them would much rather draw pictures. Art is expressive, so why not encourage your child to express his thoughts and feelings about Halloween through art? Ask you child what she feels about Halloween or just one part of Halloween. How does she feel about going out Trick-or-Treating? About wearing a costume? Carving a pumpkin?

If your child is one of those who likes to write as well as draw, encourage him to draw or paint pictures to illustrate a Halloween story he has written.

Some kids may be unsure of their ability to draw. They want to draw, but just don’t know how to get started. If your child is one of those beginners, have him visit, Hello Kids.  There your child will find some simple step-by-step instructions for drawing Halloween creatures. Some little perfectionists can get upset when their pictures don’t look exactly as they think they should. If your child is one of them, reassure her that creativity is unique to each person. What they draw doesn’t need to look like everyone else’s drawing. Encourage your child to “draw outside the box” and be unique!

Write Some Music

Whether nor not your child has a special affinity for music, play some Halloween songs for her. If you’re on spotify, you can listen to 50 Halloween songs for free. However, if your child really loves music and plays a musical instrument, encourage her to compose a Halloween song of her own.  This is a great expressive activity for those who enjoy music. Talk to your child about the sounds of Halloween. How can those sounds be represented in music? What kind of tones are best? What rhythms and tempos? Encourage your child to experiment with different combinations of sounds, rhythms, etc., to come up with music that will evoke just the right feelings for Halloween. Let your child have fun with it. No matter what your child comes up with, she’ll learn a lot about how music can express and evoke emotions.

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The holidays offer some wonderful opportunities to nurture your child's creativity. Halloween is one of the best holidays for creative fun. Regardless of your child's strengths and interests, you can find some fun activities for your child to do that will nurture those strengths and maybe even encourage new...