I put together a super simple but fun & edible halloween themed sensory bin for Leana & she loved it!
I’ve done sensory bins for Leana in the past but I’ve never put together a holiday-themed one so I was pretty excited for this activity. This summer, Leana took a virtual Sensory Development “camp” course that was led by an occupational therapist & she constantly reminded us that sensory activities extend beyond the common, sensory bin exercises. So we try to switch up our sensory play but the “mixed media” bins are still great learning activities for kids. Especially for babies & toddlers.
Since we’re fully engrossed in Spooky Season over here, I figured a themed sensory bin would be perfect to further Leana’s introduction to Halloween. She was itty bitty last year so she had no concept of the holiday but this year, we’re reading books, watching movies & doing themed activities to really help her understand that this is an exciting time.
I realized early on that using edible materials works best for Leana because she just has to taste any & everything she puts her hands on. I’m convinced that right now, she just can’t help it! So I tried to think of a food that would fit the spooky bin both look & taste-wise. I thought of blue corn tortilla chips! They’re dark-colored, & helped create an ominous background. & y’all, Leana loves chips. Tortilla chips are lower in sodium than most potato chips too so they were just perfect for this activity.
Here’s what you will need to recreate this bin.
Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Mini Halloween toys
I bought all of the items at Target! For Halloween, they have a bunch of affordable items, in what they call the ‘Hyde & EEK! Boutique™‘. It’s located in the seasonal area, usually at the back of the store. I picked a variety of textured toys, which is key for sensory development. The skeletons are a sticky, slime-like material, the balls are rubbery & spiky, etc. You can shop for what I used below!
You can also find similar toys at places like Party City or Michaels. Your little ones will love this Halloween activity! & now I’m excited to create these for future holidays so be on the lookout for our next one!