Halloween Party Sensory Play


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Halloween party

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Are you throwing a little halloween get together or having a neighborhood block party?

Here are some simple sensory table set-ups to make your party more interactive especially for younger kids. These activities that stimulate your young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.

Halloween activities can be involve a lot of sugar and with my daughters both under 5 years old.  I wanted to set-up some sensory stations for our upcoming toddler Halloween party that isn’t surrounded  by sugar filled treats.

So, this week we have been experimenting with some different ideas.

A couple of our favorite things we’ve done so far was the Witches Spiders Brew & Spider Web tong hunt. This was fun because it was two set-ups in one. We used the sensory table with two sides.

Both these set-up were great for ages 3-5years, or when the child begins to play pretend.

When I created our version of this spider brew I found most of the supplies in our kitchen & on Amazon.

Spider Witches Brew

What you’ll need:


  1. Add half & half in to round baking dish
  2. In small separate dishes mix red & yellow food coloring to make orange, and mix blue, green & red to make black.
  3. Then add small drops of the black and orange food coloring in half & half
  4. In your dish soap dish, dip the faux spider in soap
  5. Then transfer the soapy spider into the half & half and watch the magic unfold.

And on the other side of the table I did a spider web tong transfer.This was a great challenge for my 4 year old. This activity promoted hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and helps to establish hand preference.

Spider Web Tong grab

What you’ll need:


  1. Toss the faux spiders and eye balls into your sensory bin.
  2. Stretch your faux spider web over your bin tightly,  then place the bin back into the sensory table.
  3. Then use tongs of choice to pick-up spiders and transfer into separate cups.

Reminder: When setting up the tongs activity adding a variety of difficulty is important. While transferring with wooden tongs or chopsticks can add some complexity to the task at hand. So by adding a combination of different types of tongs it allows for a variety of ages and challenges.

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