Check out this spooky & creepy Halloween sensory bin that’s perfect for your preschool Halloween theme! There’s also a freebie at the end for you to download & use with your littles.
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WHY CHOOSE SENSORY PLAY?
As a preschool parent or teacher, you already know that our little ones learn best when they can see, hear, smell, touch, and taste…that is, when they use their five senses. And that’s what sensory play is all about… incorporating those five senses when teaching our preschoolers.
Unfortunately, our kiddos don’t have as many opportunities for sensory play as they used to. Preschool schedules are jam-packed with standards to teach, and parents are overwhelmed & overworked and can’t add one more thing to their plates.
But…if there’s one thing you should try to incorporate as often as you can, even in your busy schedule, it’s sensory play! The amount of learning your little one will do with sensory play will be worth your time, I promise!
We love to incorporate sensory bins into our weekly routine. Some of our bins are much messier than others…and this Halloween idea is one of those messy ones!
HALLOWEEN SENSORY BIN
How awesome do these monster noodles look?! My students absolutely LOVE this sensory bin. And I love how easy it is to set up & how spooky it looks. But just wait unit you see the after picture later…that’s truly scary!
Here’s how you make a Monster Noodles sensory bin:
- Cook a box of spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain.
- Put cooked spaghetti into a Ziplock bag.
- Add in food coloring to the bag and mix it all up until the spaghetti noodles are coated.
- Put the spaghetti noodles in a colander and rinse. (This part is important…otherwise your little ones’ hands will be covered in food coloring.)
- Lay the colored spaghetti noodles out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to dry.
As soon as my kids saw this bin, they went crazy! They dove right in and began scooping & squishing the spaghetti. They also used tongs to squeeze it, which is great fine motor practice. Another idea for more fine motor fun is to add scissors and have little ones cut the spaghetti.
This bin also helped my little ones work on their language skills, social skills, and sharing skills. And it sparked their creativity and imagination!
We used this bin for our Halloween party, which meant my students were dressed up for class. Playing with Monster Noodles while dressed up in a Halloween costume doubled the fun!
EXTEND THE LEARNING
This Halloween sensory bin is great as it is, but you can also extend the learning by adding other academic skills to it. Here’s a fun Halloween freebie that helps preschoolers work on rhyming skills. You can tell your students that the witch needs to find her cauldron, black cat, and broom so she can prepare for Halloween…but the items need to rhyme with her name! For example, the UB witch needs to find RUB, CUB, and TUB.
This activity (along with all of our freebies!) can be downloaded from the Free Activity Library. If you’re already a member of our email community, you can click HERE to head to the Free Activity Library, enter your password (it’s on your most current email from me), and download your copy!
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Do your littles love playing with sensory bins? Do you have any Halloween sensory bin ideas you do with your preschoolers? I’d love to hear them! Comment below or head over to Instagram [@littleslovelearningblog] and share there!
MORE HALLOWEEN SENSORY BINS
Are you interested in more Halloween sensory bins? Check out this post from my friend Kristina from Sweet for Kindergarten for a list of amazing sensory bins to use with your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. There’s sure to be one on the list that works best for your littles!