Halloween Sensory Bins: Super Simple & Lots of Fun!
These fun Halloween activities include lots of everyday objects making them super easy to set up. Perfect for developing motor skills & imagination.
Potions & Spells Tuff Tray
To get us into the Halloween spirit I’m sharing a couple of our recent tuff tray play sessions! This potions & spells tuff tray literally took me less than 5 minutes to set up.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Pots, plastic containers & bowls
- Spoons – we used plastic & wooden ones
- Halloween themed items – we used cobwebs, Plastic Spiders, pumpkins & Halloween shape pasta
- Pine cones
- Glowsticks (we used these as wands or you could just use twigs)
1) Set up the different items in a tuff tray or similar large container
HOW TO PLAY:
This invitation to play is designed to allow your little one to play & explore independently. You can always encourage & prompt your child, for example, talk about the different ingredients & cooking implements. Children will love scooping & mixing the different items & sorting them into different containers. The wands can be used to make magic spells – we had lots of ‘turn you into a frog’ spells! – giving lots of language development opportunities.
Get messy this Halloween with some pumpkin innards sensory fun!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Pumpkin Carving Materials e.g. a carving kit or knife
- Halloween / Autumn themed items – we used a scarecrow, plastic bugs, twigs, pumpkin toys, mini skeletons, a broomstick, Halloween dice (we got ours from Flying Tiger) & cobwebs
1) Set out the items in a tuff tray or similar container
HOW TO PLAY:
This sensory tray is another example of an invitation to play, allowing children to explore it independently. You could always talk to them about the different smells, textures & tastes (if you’re brave enough!) of the pumpkin seeds & pulp. Add in containers to encourage scooping & mixing. You could even laminate some numbers or letters & hide them amongst the pulp for children to find.
We loved using these Halloween story dice in our tray (suitable 3 years +). Roll the dice & tell a story using the pictures! The Halloween themed items help ignite a child’s imagination & aids adding descriptive words into the story, for example, the black spider.
MAKE IT EASIER:
Even young children will be able to play with these sensory tuff trays (with very close supervision in case they try to eat it!) You can make it more baby friendly by:
- Putting contents into a ziplock bag or a sensory bottle e.g. Halloween pasta mixed with pumpkin seeds & water. Watch the items moving around as they grab, shake & squash them.
- Choose a taste & choke safe sensory base for the larger materials to sit on, for example, oatmeal.
MAKE IT HARDER:
Is your child ready to stretch their learning further? Try these ideas:
- Write down the ingredients needed to make a certain spell & how many of each item is required, for example, 3 spiders + 1 pine cone = make it rain. Ask children to follow spell instructions or make up their own.
- Potion science activity – fill a jar halfway with white vinegar & add in some food colouring. Add a squeeze of washing up liquid & a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda. Watch the potion bubble & fizz!
What are you helping your little one to do?
- Exploring items leads to conversations & opportunities to hear & say new/familiar words.
- Experience the sensation of touching different textures & materials
- Develop gross motor skills – scooping, digging & putting objects into containers
- Invent imaginative play scenarios
What have you been using in your Halloween sensory bins?
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