Can you believe it's already Halloween weekend? Time is flying by at rapid speed this year! I'm switching up my Friday Favorites a bit this week in honor of the upcoming holiday and sharing our five favorite Halloween Sensory Play Activities!
DIY Corn Pit
Kids LOVE these at pumpkin patches! So why not give them one at home? It's so easy and so cheap!
A baby pool, a 25 lb bag of whole corn kernels (less than $10 at a feed supply store) and a few sand toys are all you need to give your kids an at-home Corn Pit! I tossed in a few spooky spiders to make it a bit more festive!
It's such a simple idea and it provides hours upon hours of entertainment!
Edible Pumpkin Patch
I shared this idea last year and it became an instant hit with my kids! I filled our sensory bin with Cocoa Krispies, "planted" a bag of candy pumpkins, gave the kids a basket and scoops and let them play (and eat)!
My kids love playing with slime and it's so much fun to spruce it up for a holiday! Here are our two favorite Halloween versions:
TO MAKE THE SLIME: 8 oz white glue (I used two 4 oz bottles), 1 tsp Borax (found in laundry detergent aisle), 1 cup warm water, green food coloring, and Googly Eyes
- Empty glue into a large bowl.
- Fill glue bottle(s) completely with warm water (you will use 1/2 cup water), shake, then pour into the bowl that contains the glue. Stir.
- Add several drops of neon green food coloring to the glue mixture. Stir.
- Mix 1 tsp Borax into 1/2 cup warm water. Stir until the Borax dissolves.
- Slowly pour the Borax solution into the glue solution while stirring. Keep a close eye on this process! This is where the science aspect of it begins. You will see the glue solution almost immediately begin to form into a solid as it meets the Borax solution!
- Dig in and knead the slime!
- Add the googly eyes to the top of the slime mixture.
TO MAKE THE SLIME: 1 bottle of glitter glue, 1 cup warm water + 1-2 TBSP warm water, 1 tsp Borax, and spider rings
- Dissolve 1 tsp Borax in 1 cup warm water.
- Pour glitter glue into large bowl.
- Add 1-2 TBSP warm water and stir again.
- Slowly pour Borax solution into the glue solution while stirring. You will see the glue almost immediately start to solidify!
- Form a ball with the Glitter Slime and knead!
- Mix in the spiders.
Play Dough Pumpkins Activity Tray
3 of my 4 kids still love Play Dough! I'm going to be honest. Sometimes we make our own play dough. But other times we stick with the store-bought classic because it's just easier!
I found a divided appetizer tray at the dollar store a few years ago and I was immediately inspired to use it for play dough and crafts. I put a little ball of play dough in the middle spot and add all the embellishments around the outside.
For the Halloween Play Dough Activity Tray we use:
- Orange play dough
- Green pipe cleaners
- Small sticks (we used wood chews for small animals from the pet store)
- Googly Eyes
I filled our play dough activity tray at the beginning of October and it stayed on our art table all month long!
Homemade Play Dough Pumpkins Favors
These adorable play dough sensory play favors were inspired by our Play Dough Pumpkins Activity Tray! Liam has so much fun playing with play dough and I thought they would be a cute favor for his preschool class. We handed them out today at his Halloween Party!
First, I whipped up a large batch of homemade play dough using this recipe:
- 4 cups flour
- 4 tbsp cream of tartar
- 4 tbsp oil
- 1 cup salt
- 2 3/4 cups boiling water
- red + yellow food coloring
- Mix four, cream of tartar, oil and salt in large bowl.
- Boil the water then mix in red and yellow food coloring until you get the perfect shade of orange.
- Pour the water into the flour mixture and stir until it turns into a dough.
- Knead the dough for several minutes. If it still feels sticky, sprinkle in a bit more flour and continue to knead.
They were perfect for Liam's preschool class! If the play dough is stored in a ziploc bag in the fridge, it will remain usable for 6+ months!
Liam, Lily and Lexie have been enjoying these Halloween Sensory Play activities all month long and I am so excited to share them all with you!
We have a busy Halloween weekend ahead of us. I'm volunteering at Lexie's school Halloween Party tomorrow. In the evening, I'm taking the kids to Trick or Treat at Grant's office. And we still have to fit in a trip to the pumpkin patch and carve our pumpkins! My kids are eagerly counting down the days until Halloween! What's on your agenda this weekend?
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