Halloween Sensory Play Activity - Orange Spooky Themed Play

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Slapped wrists to me as it has been absolutely ages since I last put together some themed sensory play for Little Miss A. We've done lots of other sensory activities over the summer but nothing with a theme.

It was fun doing the Valentine's Day Themed Play and St Patrick's Day Themed Play earlier in the year so with Halloween this week, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do some spooky themed sensory play!

The starting point was all things 'orange' as this is a predominant colour at Halloween and then I added a few spooky things for a bit of fun.

Here's a list of the things that I managed to gather together whilst Little Miss A was napping:
  • Stacking cups
  • Megabloks
  • Bowl and spoons
  • Flower pot with foam letters, magnetic letters, baby food pouch lids, big plastic buttons
  • Play-doh cutter

In the bottom of the cauldron I put some spiderweb patterned material and pumpkin tinsel. Then there are lots of different bits including:

  • A chick from an egg toy set
  • Pompoms
  • Foot shaped peg
  • Round shape from shape sorter toy
  • Plastic cup and spoon from tea set
  • Wooden cat from farm set
  • Plastic spiders
  • Wind-up skeleton toy
  • Pop-up bat toy

As with the other sensory play things I've done, I've just used things from around the house so it didn't cost a penny to put this activity together.

Little Miss A was much younger when we did this type of thing before so I really wasn't sure what her reaction would be, however she got stuck in straight away with delving into the cauldron and getting things out.

A game I came up with was a version of an egg and spoon race using the pompoms instead of an egg. Little Miss A won every race but then she was just running the length of the room with her spoon - she didn't really get that she had to keep the pompom on it!!

Little Miss A took the flowerpot and stacking cups and transferred the contents from one to another. She also used the spoons to stir and mix the contents up. We then styled the pumpkin tinsel into some interesting shapes and wore it as a hat for a while.

Initially she really wasn't sure about the wind-up skeleton toy and kept moving away from it when it got close to her. However, then she was quite amused by it and got me to wind it up again and again and again and again!!

I'm glad that I put this activity together for Little Miss A this afternoon. She kept going back to it at different points during the afternoon. It was really interesting to see what bits she was interested in and what she did with each. I was led by her as much as possible with what she wanted to do.

This has reinvigorated me again to organise more of these types of activities for Little Miss A so watch this space for more posts!


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11 Responses to “Halloween Sensory Play Activity - Orange Spooky Themed Play”

  1. A lovely looking cauldron, who could resist getting stuck into that and the variation on the egg and spoon race is great too. Stopping by from #TAT

    1. Thankyou! It's going to be interesting to see how she reacts this year!

  2. Oh wow I love the cauldron. What creative ideas. This is such a brilliant sensory activity. I'm pinning this for my daughter. x

    1. Thanks Chloe. I'm looking forward to doing this again this year with my LO.

  3. p.s. forgot to say I'm visiting from #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  4. This looks like fun, I like these ideas. I usually do a sensory cauldron for my girls over halloween too, so it is great to get some new inspiration for things to add. #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    1. Thanks Kate. Glad it's provided a bit of inspiration for you.

  5. I have been meaning to put something similar together for Monkey all month!! And its almost at the end and I haven't got round to it. You have inspired me to get on with it :) thank you #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

    1. Glad it's inspired you! Hope Monkey has fun with what you put together!

  6. I loved putting together sensory bins and play when T was a bit younger, he would still play with one although his attention wouldn't last as long! Love this couldron and the things you've used. Thanks for linking up to #toddlerapprovedtuesday, good luck for the giveaway X

    1. Thanks Leandra and thanks for hosting #ToddlerApprovedTuesday


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