With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to get into the season’s spirit. One fun way to do this is by creating Halloween sensory bins for your little one. Sensory bins are a great way to provide some stimulation and excitement for kids, and they can be filled with all sorts of different items depending on what you’re in the mood for!
Halloween Sensory Bins!
We have some fun ideas, whether you want to make your own as we did or purchase a kit ready for play!
This home loves sensory bins. I make my sensory bins because I like shopping for trinkets too much (haha), but I have seen some pretty cute kits for purchase with all the fun accessories and doughs included. My toddler will play with a sensory bin for a reasonable amount of time, so I can get a few things done.
I have one sensory tub I use over and over. I bought this standard sensory bin and let her wear it out, and then I swapped out the accessories and filler for each holiday. This bin is a PERFECT size and doesn’t hold too much or too little.
Moldable sand is my favorite for sensory bin activities for any holiday for several reasons. First, my toddler loves it. It’s moldable, flexible, and sticks together, unlike regular sand. Moldable sand sweeps or vacuums up quickly because its “sticks” together like a magnet. It’s not hard on the vacuum, either. Other sensory fillers like rice, beans, and water beads, I find are harder to clean up.
This is our favorite sand; it’s better than the “popular” moldable sand and much more affordable. I have it in a couple of colors, and the green emerald (with faint sparkle) seems to go along with many holidays. I buy the two-pound bags, and it fills my bin perfectly. I have one green sand, and it has lasted well over a year. This moldable sand does not dry out and stays fresh for pretty long.
For this Halloween sensory bin, I used black beans. While it was cute and my toddler played for a long while, I would use the sand in the next one because it can be recycled repeatedly.
Halloween Sensory Bins-Items Needed
- The possibilities are endless for moldable (Moon) Sand, black beans, dyed rice, water beads, or Playfoam Pluffle. Be creative! You may find one sensory bin filler is better for our toddler’s age.
- Hand Tongs for fine motor skills. I love these because you get one in every color. I reuse them a lot for different projects for my toddler. Or, Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set Toy.
- Pumpkin Tea Lights. They stay lit for a very long time. I ended up reusing these for Halloween decor on my table.
- Joke Spiders.
- Pumpkin Treat Buckets
- I had gumballs on hand, and my daughter is old enough to play with them and not eat them, but candy corn would be cute to add to your Halloween sensory bins.
- Halloween toy bats
- Plastic eyeballs. I thought these were the best part of the Halloween sensory bin and fun for kids to pick up with the tongs.
Add all your beans to your bin or whatever sensory filler you choose, add toys and accessories and let your toddler have fun!
We keep the bin and moon sand for more sensory bins each holiday. Or, I get a mini-sand kit that makes a great moon sand sensory kit.
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Why are Sensory Bins Important for Toddlers?
Sight, smell, touch, and sound are all important ways for children to learn about their world. Sensory bins are important for young children because they help to stimulate the senses. Sensory bins allow children to explore different textures, smells, and sounds.
Overall, sensory bins are a valuable tool for educators and parents to use with young children. They also help to develop fine motor skills as children scoop, pour, and sort the materials in the bin.
In addition, sensory bins can be used to teach early math concepts such as counting and sorting.
Halloween Sensory Bins: Final Thoughts
Have you tried a sensory bin for Halloween yet? They are perfect for engaging little ones in the holiday spirit. Fill a bin with spooky items like plastic spiders, dried corn kernels, and googly eyes to create a festive learning experience. Let us know how it goes!
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