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This simple Halloween Sensory Bin is a fun themed sensory play idea for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners.
Sensory bins are a fun way for young kids to explore Halloween in a safe and not too spooky way.
This sensory bin is really quick and easy to set up (like 5 minutes!) and you can add items you already have at home in your kitchen, among your Halloween decorations or inexpensive materials from your local grocery store or dollar store.
So let’s get started and create a fun and engaging, yet simple Halloween sensory bin for your toddler or preschooler!
How to Make a Halloween Sensory Bin
This Halloween sensory bin is easy to put together using items you already might have in storage among your Halloween decorations.
Invite your child to explore Halloween with this simple sensory bin.
What You Need:
1. Start by placing rice in two plastic bags. The amount of rice you need depends upon the size of your bin. Add purple paint in one bag and orange paint in the other bag. Shake the bags until the color has spread evenly.
2. Place the rice on a piece of parchment paper, aluminum foil, baking sheet, or paper towel and allow it to dry completely.
3. Next, pour dry black beans and your colored rice into a plastic bin. Spread it out into an even layer.
4. Press Halloween party favors, Halloween erasers, eyeballs, and any little toys you can find into the beans and rice.
5. Add scoops, tweezers, bubble tongues, small cauldrons, and pumpkin & skull mini buckets.
6. Finally, add some spiders, flies, and other scary insects to your Halloween sensory bin.
How to Play with the Halloween Sensory Bin
- Introduce the tweezers to your child and demonstrate how they can use them to pick up the insects and party favors and place them in the cauldrons and mini buckets.
- Invite your kids to use the bubble tongs to place rice, black beans, eyeballs, and the other toys in the buckets for additional counting, one-to-one practice, or even color sorting.
- Bury items in the beans and rice and let your child scoop them up with scoops.
- Allow your child to play with the Halloween sensory bin without getting discouraged. They’re getting plenty of fine motor practice as they manipulate the scoops, tweezers, and items in the bin.
The most important thing about any sensory experience is that your children are having fun while learning through play!
How to Expand the Use of the Halloween Sensory Bin
You can expand the use of this Halloween Sensory Bin and keep exploring it for a couple of days or even weeks. We divide playing with the sensory bin into different learning activities:
Every time I introduce a new sensory bin, I give my kids plenty of time to explore the contents of the bin on their own.
They will put their hands in the bin and feel the different textures and explore all the different objects. This self-directed learning and sensory exploration is the primary focus of our sensory bins.
After a couple of days of exploring, the kids usually start losing interest in the sensory bin and we will start incorporating some more specific learning skills to extend the use of the bin.
2. Language Development
Incorporate language development into playing with the Hallosensory bin by:
- Naming pumpkins, spiders, skulls, and other objects in the bin and ask your child to locate them.
- When they know the name of each object in the bin, ask your child to pick up any object they want, and name it.
- Point to different objects in the bin and practice the colors.
- Play “I Spy” with your child by taking turns describing an object using its physical description, i.e. colors, shape, size, and texture.
- If you have any scented items in the bin, smell them and talk about what those scents remind you of.
- Make up a story using some of the items in the sensory bin. Maybe the pumpkin ate too much candy after trick or treating and got a tummy ace, the ghost might be playing peekaboo trying to scare his friends and maybe the skeleton burst into song and singing “This is Halloween” repeatedly.
Here are a few examples of ways to incorporate counting into playing with the Halloween sensory bin:
- Choose a kind of object. Find all of those items in the sensory bin. Count how many in all.
- Choose two different kinds of objects. Find all of those items in the sensory bin. Count how many there are of each and then compare the two numbers. Which is more, less or are there the same amount?
- Roll a dice and find that many objects.
- Roll a dice and decide what number is one more than the number rolled. Find that many objects and then do the same with one less than the number on the dice.
Sorting is always fin and it’s a great way to work on fine motor skills by sorting the objects using tweezers and bubble tongs. Sort objects from the Halloween bin by:
Pattern activities can easily be implemented into playing with the Halloween sensory bin:
- If your child is just getting started patterning, make a pattern for your child. Then ask him or her to copy it or extend the pattern.
- Create a pattern and ask your child which object comes next.
- Invite your child to come up with a pattern on their own.
Want more fun Halloween ideas? Be sure to check out this list of Top 100 Easy and Creative Halloween Crafts for Kids and 20+ Spooky Halloween Handprint and Footprint Crafts!
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