Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Halloween Sensory Bin


Lots of choking hazards, so children under 3 AND children of any age still putting items in their mouth, are only allowed to play under direct, strict supervision.


Learning activities:
  • Sorting by orange/black/white
  • Sorting by pumpkins/skulls/bats
  • Sorting by item
  • Counting to 5/10/20+
  • Matching bugs
  • Stick puppets
  • Retelling "5 Little Pumpkins"
  • Role playing "Witches Brew"
  • Retelling "5 Little Skeletons"
  • Make a skeleton
  • Patterning
  • Scoop/pour/transferring
What's in it?
  • Main fill is black and white beans
  • Qtips for bones
  • Orange/black/white pom poms
  • 2 bags of bugs (Dollar Tree)
  • Skull/pumpkin/bat erasers (Dollar Tree)
  • Gold pipe cleaners
  • Mini caldrons (Dollar Tree)
  • Stick puppets, Frankenstein and pumpkin


  • White cloth pieces
  • Bats (Dollar Tree)
  • Orange/black/white feathers
  • Stick ghost puppets
  • Bag of plastic eyeballs (Dollar Tree)
  • Bag of plastic skulls (Dollar Tree)


  • Packing peanuts for ghosts or bones
  • Large styrofoam pumpkins



 Mr. R: "The beans are his bones and muscles."


 A favorite activity of the 2 year olds.


They figured out that they could take apart the eyeballs, fill them with beans, and put them back together to make mini maracas.

I found that they really liked just tearing apart the packing peanuts. Still a great fine motor activity and since they are free..."Go for it!"
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