Halloween Sensory Play for Babies and Toddlers
There are so many ways to include your baby or toddler in Halloween fun. They are never too young to learn, play, or participate in family traditions! I have found fun ways to keep this holiday exciting for my son the past two years when he was “too small” to really understand what was going on (6m the first year, and 18m last year). I’m hoping to give you a few Halloween sensory play ideas to keep your little one engaged and included this fall!
Halloween Sensory Play Ideas
Here is a compilation of our tried and true Halloween sensory play activities, along with some additional ideas to mix things up. These are great for keeping little ones occupied for some independent exploration, but also as an opportunity to get on your child’s level to teach them and watch them marvel over their new discoveries. So pick your poison and start having some Halloween fun with your little one!
My toddler loves these! When you hear sensory bin, what do you think? We decided to just go with our water table, and use it either outside or inside with a tarp underneath depending on the weather (and the amount of mess)! I have also seen a neat idea of people using small storage boxes that you can pack away and take out as you please! Here are some great things to use in your bins for Halloween sensory play, I’d suggest combining two or more:
- Cooked spaghetti (try tricolored or dyed with food coloring)
- Easter grass in Halloween colors
- Mini pumpkins or gourds
- Torn or folded construction paper
- Dried corn cobs
Voss water bottles make a great medium for Halloween sensory play! They had an opening big enough to fit all of our fun objects inside, yet were still small enough that the baby could play with them (although they can be a little on the heavier side depending what you fill them with and you may need to assist if you don’t plan to let your little one roll them on the floor). They are stimulating for babies and make for a great opportunity for you to introduce some Halloween vocabulary! You can talk about what is inside, what colors they are, if they are shiny, cloudy, etc. With toddlers, you can ask them to find a certain object, tell you the colors they see, have them ask you questions, make up stories, or whatever else comes to mind! Here are some great things to fill your sensory bottle with (we used water as a base):
- Food coloring
- Confetti — pumpkins, bats, spiders, witches
- Plastic spiders/Spider rings
- Glow in the dark objects
- Fake bugs
- Googly eyes of varying size or color
- Plastic mini skeletons or pumpkins
- Decorative spider web material
These are similar to bottles in terms of benefits and fillings but are a little more interactive since children can use their hands to move the objects around with more control. We just got a gallon bag, filled it with water and our objects, and then taped it down to the table and let little man have at it. He really had fun! We used the same ingredients listed above but you can fit some bigger stuff into the bags vs the bottles, like:
- Glow in the dark stars, bats, pumpkins, etc.
- The insides of a pumpkin (seeds inlcuded for texture! You could omit the water for this one)
- Small Halloween related toys
- Flowers or leaves
- Festive felt shapes
What’s Your Favorite Halloween Sensory Play Activity?
As you can see, these are just some general ideas. They are easily customizeable and can be made to fit your child’s interests or whatever they are learning at the moment. You could always throw in some shapes, letters, numbers, colors, or anything else you think would be appropriate for their current stage of development! This is a great way to spend time connecting with your child.
I’d love to hear all of your fun Halloween sensory play ideas, and I’m sure other mommies would too! Feel free to drop some pictures or links in the comments section, or shoot me an email so that I can check them out and possibly feature them on my Facebook page!