Encourage your little kids to explore making spooky potions while practicing fine motor and measuring skills with this Halloween Sensory Bin. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it!
Halloween is for sure a favorite around here! After all, what little kid doesn’t love dressing up as their favorite characters and trick or treating. Not only do they get to show off how cool they look, but there’s also the candy factor. And of course don’t forget to put together a fun and spooky Halloween Sensory Bin before the night is through.
This quick & easy Halloween sensory bin is a great way to wind down after a long afternoon of trick or treating.
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Both of the kiddos really enjoyed this one. I’m not sure if it was the spooky orange water or the creepy black spiders, but either way it was for sure a favorite around here.
Did I mention bonus points for practicing both fine motor and measuring skills. Because let’s face it, little kids learn from hands-on play and sensory experiences for preschoolers like this Halloween sensory bin are a perfect example of that. Your kinesthetic learners will have a blast!
Make sure to add this activity to your next Halloween preschool theme or even Halloween kindergarten unit study. Little kids of all ages will enjoy exploring everything about this quick & easy Halloween sensory bin.
Halloween Sensory Bin
What you’ll need
- Large Clear Bin
- Plastic Beakers
- Food Coloring
- Spider Table Scatter
Here’s how to do it
- Fill the large clear bin with water then use food coloring to create spooky colors.
- Add the plastic beakers and the spider table scatter.
- Encourage your little kids to explore making Halloween potions.
We made our preschool Halloween sensory bin orange because that’s the little guy’s favorite color. You could try green or purple too. Be creative. Do you have pretend eyeballs or even vampire teeth? Feel free to toss those in too! The more ingredients, the better for making spooky Halloween potions.
This idea was a total accident. We were out shopping one night and ran across the little spiders. They were just too cute to pass up.
Activities such as this one help little kids develop fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination, which are both important pre-writing skills. Tongs or tweezers could also be a fun way to add an additional fine motor element to your Halloween sensory bin.
Preschool Measuring Skills
Measuring is another important skill that benefits preschoolers in many ways. This Halloween sensory bin is a wonderful opportunity to introduce measurement vocabulary and to practice the use of standard measurement tools.
The set of plastic beakers that we have show milliliter markings and it’s always exciting for the little guy to determine how much water is in each beaker. Younger kiddos might need help, but it’s still a valuable skill to start practicing at an early age.
It’s hard to imagine a better way to teach measuring skills than making spooky Halloween potions with your little kids!
Don’t forget to determine how many spiders are in each beaker for some Halloween counting fun. Sensory bin themes like this one are so interesting to preschoolers and kindergartners. I can’t even begin to tell you how many different ways we’ve used water for quick sensory activities.
You could even make a few of these sensory stations for preschoolers. Maybe orange water and spiders in one bin and green water beads and pretend eyeballs in another. You get the idea. The possibilities for sensory bin ideas are endless.
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Bubbles, Boats & Floats theme. And if you missed it, check out this year’s preschool homeschool space post.
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