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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:
- Round baking dish
- 2 cups of half & half (or fatty milk or whipping cream) the fat is what make is magic
- 2 teaspoon of dish soap (small dish for soap)
- Food coloring (red, yellow, blue green)
- Faux spiders
- Wood tongs
- Add half & half in to round baking dish
- In small separate dishes mix red & yellow food coloring to make orange, and mix blue, green & red to make black.
- Then add small drops of the black and orange food coloring in half & half
- In your dish soap dish, dip the faux spider in soap
- 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:
- Faux spider web
- Faux spiders or other halloween finds (we also threw in ping pong eyeballs)
Wooden ,small kitchen tongs, or circular tongs. (to add variety of difficulty)
- Toss the faux spiders and eye balls into your sensory bin.
- Stretch your faux spider web over your bin tightly, then place the bin back into the sensory table.
- 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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