Welcome to Sensory Play Tuesday!
We’ve partnered with the preschool experts at St. James Academy’s Young Foxhounds Program to bring you fun (and easy!) ways to engage your littles in sensory play every month. Our first activity? A DIY Halloween sensory bin activity!
What is a Halloween sensory bin? A container full of creepy crawly delights that provides an opportunity for your child to learn through hands-on tactile play. You can find most of the items around your house, Dollar Store, or Target.
Sure, you could hand your child a bin and let them go to town; but you can also pair play with stories and mix in a few “coached” activities to help extend independent learning. To help you get started, we’ve included a few ideas below!
MAKE YOUR HALLOWEEN SENSORY BIN
What You’ll Need:
- Tupperware Container/Plastic Box/Large Tray (Make sure it’s something that has pretty steep sides, or you’ll be cleaning up crinkly paper everywhere!)
- Orange, Yellow, White, and Black Crinkly Paper (You can also make your own by shredding colored paper)
- Mini Plastic Halloween Figures
- Felt Bats
- Orange, White, and Black Pom Poms
- Witches Fingers
- Googly Eyes of Various Sizes
- Vampire Teeth
- Scrabble Tiles (Bs, Os, Es, Ks… and any other letters you would like!)
- Twisted Pipe Cleaners
- Child-Friendly Tweezers (optional)
BOOKS THAT PAIR WELL WITH THIS BIN
5 Little Pumpkins
This is a charming board book that retells the classic rhyme. Kids love counting the pumpkins on their fingers as you read. BUY NOW
Shake Dem Halloween Bones
Sure to become a holiday favorite in your house! Told in hip-hop rhyming text, L’il Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Tom Thumb, and all of their fairy-tale friends come together for a rapping, stomping, shaking Halloween romp. BUY NOW
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
The fly simply wasn’t enough for the little old lady… This spooky twist on the wildly popular “There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly” is perfect for fun Halloween reading! BUY NOW
GUIDED PLAY IDEAS
Spooky Sorting: Using a witch finger or vampire teeth, have your child pick up and sort all of the objects by color (black, white, orange).
Feed the Old Lady: Copy and cut out a picture of the main character from the book. Tape the character to a small bucket (or cauldron if you have one!). Have your child use kid-friendly tweezers to items right into the Old Lady’s Mouth. (These are our favorite kid-friendly tweezers! Perfect for little fingers!)
Pumpkin Counting: Ask your child to collect all of the orange pom-poms and count them. How many pumpkins are now in their patch?
Simple Letter Seek and Find: Write the words “BOO” and “EEK” on a piece of paper. Ask your child to find the letter tiles that match and spell the words, too!
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