Sensory buckets are so fun! Halloween is also really fun, so I thought I would combine the two and share some simple and fun sensory buckets with you! My daughter is getting to the age where she will actually play with the materials in the buckets, instead of eating them. I will also be using these buckets in my preschool classroom. The kiddos are going to LOVE them! Some of these buckets can be messy, but it’s not fun if it isn’t messy. There are some mess-free fall and Halloween activities included in my FREE fall printables pack. You can read more about that HERE.
I’m really excited to be participating in a Halloween Blog Hop this week, organized by LarabeeUK. For more Halloween activities, recipes, and fun provided by some fabulous bloggers, scroll down to the end of this post for links!
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1. The first bucket is probably the messiest to create…pumpkin guts! To create this bucket, you purchase a pumpkin and clean out all the seeds and pulp. Instead of tossing it in to the garbage or making something great to eat, you put it in a bucket and let the kiddos play in it. I laid down a black garbage bag to help contain the mess. My daughter really liked picking the seeds out of the pulp. It was a fun and messy time!
So much fun!
2. Materials for the second sensory bucket are craft poms, fake spiders, and googly eyes. I got all of my items for this bucket at Hobby Lobby! They were 40% off, so I didn’t have to spend too much on them! I gave my daughter a child-sized wooden spoon to scoop with poms up with. She really liked stirring the bucket.
Another fun way to create this sensory bucket for a younger child is to put it in a clear plastic bag. The materials stay in the bag, but the child is still able to interact with the materials. It can be used this way for a search-and-find or I-spy activity, too.
3. Orange, green, and purple colored rice fill the next sensory bucket. I followed Happy Hooligans steps for dying the rice. You can find that HERE. The process was super simple and I really had fun doing it. The rice is so vibrant! I love it! For this sensory bucket, I gave my daughter measuring cups and spoons to play in it with. She enjoyed scooping it up and dumping it out.
4. Halloween sensory buckets have to include spider webs, spiders, and letters. I purchased the Fun World Costumes Super Stretch Spider Web and ended up cutting a small section of it off and using that because it looked like snow, instead of spider webbing. I put in the little plastic spiders I got from Hobby Lobby and then tossed in our purple and orange plastic letters. You can find Colorations Letter Jewels on Amazon. They are uppercase letters only, but there are other sets available. You can also use magnetic letters that you already have on your refrigerator.
We nicknamed the day, Sensory Saturday!
5. Spaghetti! These sensory buckets were a blast to make! I especially loved this one! I colored spaghetti, following Paging Fun Mums instructions. You can find those instructions HERE. It was super easy! After coloring the spaghetti, I just put it in the bucket for sensory play. Piper really liked picking up individual pieces. I thought she might try to eat the spaghetti, but she didn’t. Cooper even got in on the action!
6. For the last sensory bucket, I used Crayola Colored Play Sand Purple and the spiders from the previous buckets. The sand feels AMAZING! It is so fine and feels super soft. It can be messy, like any sand, but it works well in a sensory bucket. You could use it for crafts and art projects. The bag you get is a pretty good size, too. They have all sorts of colors, but I felt like the purple was a fun Halloween color.
All the sensory fun!
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I don’t use anything fancy to create my sensory buckets. No special sensory table or anything like that. I have buckets like THESE. You could really get any type of small storage container and use it. They have some that are shallower, which could work well. My point in saying this is that you can provide awesome sensory experiences for your child, without breaking the bank. Would a cool sensory table like the Assorted Colors Sand and Water Adjustable Activity Play Table be super fun to have? Absolutely! But it isn’t a requirement and it doesn’t mean you can’t have a lot of fun with sensory play!
For more Halloween Fun, check out these awesome bloggers!
LarabeeUK – Hexbug Bats
Homebound But Hopeful – All Treats, No Tricks
Clare’s Little Tots – Spooky Spider Gloop
Lit Mama – Story Time: Trick or Treat Smell My Feet
Fab Working Mom Life – Halloween Spider Craft