A sensory bin is a tactile experience in a container. Sensory bins allow children to explore the feel of different material while also experiencing motor practice, play-based learning, and child-directed fun. This Halloween sensory bin took me about 2 minutes to put together. My 2 and 4 year old children have been taking turns using it ever since. They will play in it for 20-40 minutes at a time using the Halloween themed objects and pouring materials.
Materials for a Halloween Sensory Bin
The basic materials for a sensory bin include a container of some sort, a filler, and play objects. For this Halloween sensory bin, I used:
- a 9-cup square rubbermaid container with a lid.
- dry lentils that I had on hand. Rice, chickpeas, and beans are also easy options that you may already have in your pantry.
- Halloween-themed figures.
- a 1/2 Tablespoon measuring spoon, a 2 Tablespoon measuring cup, and a small bowl
Assembly can be as simple as combining the materials in the bin and letting the child explore them. As my children played, they grabbed some cups and saucers from my daughter’s tea set.
This Green Toys tea set has provided my daughter hours of fun and is food/water and dishwasher safe. She used these cups and saucers to scoop and pour with our Halloween sensory bin.
Additional Tips on Sensory Bin Use
Be sure to supervise children while using a sensory bin. Some children are prone to stick small objects in their noses or mouths and should be supervised closely to prevent choking or other mishaps. Some children will also have difficulty keeping the filler material in the bin. Other children will use the sensory bin completely appropriately without help.
Conclusion on a Halloween Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are a great way to provide exploratory sensory experiences for children. They also work well for entertaining children through independent play while the parent/caregiver makes dinner, completes other household chores, or needs to work with older children on homework or homeschooling activities. A couple of minutes and simple materials can create an activity that will keep a young child happy and busy through exploratory learning.
Further Reading on Sensory Bins
CLICK HERE to see my Pinterest page on sensory bins. I have a lot of filler and sensory bin activity ideas pinned to this board.
CLICK HERE to read my article with additional sensory bin and other activities to keep younger children occupied during homeschool or homework time.