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A Super Simple Sensory Activity – Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin sensory play

Gutting pumpkins for Halloween can be a messy chore…or you can turn it into a sensory treat that your kids will love!

We washed, gutted and then drilled pretty patterns into our pumpkin together. Then washed it again (the washing part was a big hit especially with our two year old). 

**You will need:**

A great sensory table like this one

A medium size pumpkin

A knife to cut the top of the pumkin

Some spoons, measuring cups, or any other fun instruments to scoop with

A candle and matches

A drill and different size drill bits

Some markers (we used washable ones so the kids could ‘wash’ the pumpkins again at the   

end)

Also great to have:

A blanket under the table with anti skid mat, for easy clean up

Washcloths

We used a deep bin for the pumpkin. It was just the right height so the kids could reach into it and feel around the pumpkin. We also used two smaller bins, one to stash the little utensils for scooping with, and another for warm soapy water. The kids dunked their hands in there if the pumpkin goop felt too gross on their hands.

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Once the pumpkin top was removed, my husband and I helped the kids scrape the inside of the pumpkin with a spoon. Then the fun of feeling and scooping out the slimy pumpkin guts began! 

We filled the large bin with some warm soapy water and the kids used washcloths and little cups to rinse out the pumpkin. 

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Once it dried we used washable markers to draw patterns on it. 

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We drilled different sized holes wherever the kids said they should go!

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Then put a candle in it and ran to the bathroom to see what it looks like in the dark. 

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Pretty magical, eh?

Our two year old is begging to do this all again…so much fun!

Happy Halloween!!

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How to Make a Sensory Bin + IDEAS!

Looking for ways to keep your younger child occupied? Sensory play offers great developmental benefits, but is also a tonne of fun. Our sensory tables make it easy to create ‘bins’ with different themes and materials that will keep your child happy and busy, learning through play.

www.sensorytables.net

Here are some tips:

  1. Choose a container. Our sensory tables come with Ikea Trofast bins and lids for easy storage. You can have different bins that are stacked in a closet when not in use, or filed neatly in a Trofast Storage Shelf. But you can also use X-Large ziplock bags that you pour out into a bin later.
  2. Choose a base, or filler. Your bin is most fun when there is a lot of one type of material – a base or filler – that children can scoop, sift through, and dig their hands into. Look for materials that are inexpensive and non-toxic. DollarTree, Walmart, and other discount stores carry inexpensive brands that can be used as fillers. Other fillers might be simply water, foam, water beads or sand.
  3. Choose a theme. For added fun, you can use themes for your bins. Themes can be anything from ‘colours’ to ‘animals’ to ‘scooping’. You can rotate themes based on the seasons, holidays, and other timely events in a child’s life. It also makes it easy to introduce and reinforce concepts – for instance you can do a sensory table theme around ‘numbers’ to reinforce books you’re reading about numbers, or animals, or hockey, or whatever other subject your child is interested in!
  4. Have fun! Put your bin together and have fun! Always supervise small children who might put items in their mouth. Talk with your child about what they are experiencing – this stimulates language development. Talk to them about how items in the bin feel, smell, and sound. Give them ideas and items to scoop things into or sort with. Provide ladles, measuring cups or salad tongs for sorting and picking things up with, to help with fine motor skill development. Here’s an ultimate list of sensory bin tools that add to the fun!

Here are some sensory bin ideas to get you started:

Scented Rainbow Beans

Coloured rice, pasta or salt

50 Rice-based Sensory Bins

Non-Food Sensory Bin Ideas

15 Must-See Sensory Bins

10 Ways to Use the Sensory Table

Sponges in the Water Table

Rubber Ducks!

The Ultimate List of Sensory Bin Fillers

The possibilities are endless!

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