One of our absolute favorite parts of the Halloween holiday is creating fun sensory activities for our kids. We have been making them for years and even using the same ones year in and year out, still produce the same spooky enjoyment. Read along to see a few of our favorite Halloween sensory activities for kids that are sure to get your little monsters in the spirit and give them hours of playful exploration.
Witches Bubbling Brew Sensory Bin
Creating our own Halloween witches brew, is something we look forward to every year! This project can be done in the bath, the kitchen, outside, or even in a playroom if you put down something to keep the bubbles off of the floor.
Here’s a fun little video we made one year as we enjoyed our creation:
Here’s the recipe:
- ¼ cup of cold water
- 2tbsp of clear dish soap
- 2tbsp of corn starch
- Purple food coloring or water color liquid
- Add all of the ingredients into the blender
- Place the blender on low and mix until frothy
- Pour the contents into a medium sized cauldron
- Add small cauldrons and other Halloween treasures
Halloween Sensory Bin in a Bag
Sensory bins in a bag are a great alternative to the open bins, as they can be taken in the car or to a nearby park to enjoy outside. They are also a lot less messy and require little to no cleanup after they are made. As you can see, our littles have such a great time manipulating the bags and the fun and spooky elements inside.
Here are the steps to making the sensory bin bags:
- Grab a large gallon zipper bag
- Start by removing the label from the zipper bag with some nail polish remover
- You’ll need an entire bottle of clear hair gel
- Add the gel to the bag, then a few drops of green food coloring and mix
- Now add in eyeballs, spiders, snakes, and other spooky treasures
- Close the bags and tape the seal shut, time to squish
Spooky Cauldron Sensory Bin
Here’s one of the easier sensory bins that we do on Halloween that is sure to be a hit with your kids. Lots of textures and lots of surprises, makes for a very engaging activity. If you want to add yet another element to the bin, you can also add long skeleton arms to aid in the search for creepy treasures.
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Making the spooky sensory bin:
- Grab a medium sized cauldron
- Pour in a bag of dry red lentils (they actually look orange)
- Pour in a bag of dried black beans
- Dump in spiders, snakes, eyeballs, and other spooky treasures
- Time to start exploring and having fun
Halloween Slippery Snake Bin
There’s something about playing with spaghetti that is so satisfying, and not just for the kids!
We always have so much fun together as a family making this sensory bin and it really turns out so pretty each time. Besides the food coloring, this one is also a pretty simple and less messy bin to create and can also serve as part of a snack while making.
What you will need to put together the slippery snake sensory bin:
- Clear storage container (with lid is preferred)
- 3 small packages of Spaghetti Noodles
- 3x 1 gallon zipper bags
- Olive Oil to separate the noodles
- 3 different colors of liquid water color or food dye
- Super fun sensory bin items
How to bring it to life:
- Cook the spaghetti per instructions, then rinse with cold water
- Add a small amount of olive oil to the spaghetti to separate noodles
- Separate into 3 separate bunches and add each to its own gallon bag
- Add the coloring to the bags, seal and shake them well
- Remove the noodles and let them dry on a tray for about 45 min. – 1 hour
- Once dry, it’s time to add them to the bin along with the bin items
- Now it’s time to get those little hands into the bins