It’s no secret that I love sensory bins and themed activities, so of course a Halloween sensory bin is a must!
I started with an empty container and some dry black beans and popcorn kernels. I added lots of fun items to make it extra spooky! I found plastic bugs, fingernails and eyeballs at my beloved Dollar Tree. I’ve had the pumpkin tray for a while, but I’m pretty sure it came from Dollar tree as well. I added some cups, craft poms, bubble tongs and regular tongs and it was ready to go! Here are a few skills that have been fun and easy to target with this activity:
- Bilateral hand skills- pouring back and forth between containers, holding an object with one hand while placing items into it with the other hand
- Pincer grasp- getting the poms out of the the pumpkin tray, picking up and manipulating beans/kernels (with supervision so they don’t eat it! )
- Pre-scissor skills- Using bubble tongs to “catch” the eyeballs! (see post)
- Fine and Visual Motor coordination- Using tongs to transfer poms, bugs, etc.
- Tactile sensory play- Finding “hidden” bugs, etc. in the bin
These bigger tongs are easier to use when first learning how to use them. I will often switch out to smaller or more resistive tongs as needed, but these are great for learning the concept. I like to have my friends grab the poms and transfer them to the pumpkin ice cube tray. This requires them to maintain a grasp on the tongs while coordinating eye and hand movements to move the pom where it needs to go. It also addresses as sequencing and timing to release it into the container.
Most of my friends have wanted to put on all the witches fingers, so I will have them practice thumb to fingertip opposition (if appropriate) while wearing silly fingers. It’s much more fun than regular fingers, right?!
I also like to have multiple cups available for scooping and pouring out the beans and kernels or pouring back and forth between containers. Bubble tongs are also fun to pick up the beans and kernels and place them in cups.
What fun ways would you use this sensory bin?