Looking for ideas for a fun Halloween sensory box for preschoolers and younger kids?  Not too creepy but still tonnes of Halloween fun, these Halloween sensory bins are a visual and tactile treat for the senses.  Explore 3 ways to experiment with texture that will have your kids digging in for hours.  Sensory bins are great for Halloween sensory fun!

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HALLOWEEN SENSORY IDEAS

Looking for ideas for a Halloween sensory box for preschoolers and younger kids?  Not too creepy but still tonnes of Halloween fun, these Halloween sensory bins are a visual and tactile treat for the senses.  Explore 3 ways to experiment with texture that will have your kids digging in for hours.  Sensory bins are great for Halloween sensory ideas!

Find out how to set up three super simple Halloween sensory bins with three different sensory bin fillers!

AWESOME FILLERS TO USE:

Grab a free printable below too!

These sensory bin fillers are budget-friendly and kid-approved! Though always make sure to supervise young kids when playing with these Halloween sensory bins.

BENEFITS OF SENSORY PLAY

Sensory tables or sensory bins are always a hit whether you are using them as a classroom center or at home! Plus, you can add favorite theme books to create a hands-on literacy activity. See just how we did that with our ABC Halloween sensory bin.

There are so many wonderful benefits to sensory play, and you can read more about sensory bins here:

  • Practical Life Skills ~ Sensory bins let a child explore, discover and create play using practical life skills (dumping, filling, scooping) and learn valuable play skills.
  • Play Skills {emotional development} ~ Great for both social play and independent play, sensory bins allow children to play cooperatively or side by side. My son has had many positive experiences over a bin of rice with other children!
  • Language Development ~ Sensory bins increase language development from experiencing with their hands all there is to see and do which leads to great conversations and opportunities to model language.
  • Understanding 5 Senses ~Many sensory play bins include a few of the senses! Touch, sight, sounds, taste, and smell are the 5 senses. Children can experience several at a time with a sensory bin. Imagine a bin of brightly colored rainbow rice: touch the loose grains against the skin, see the vivid colors as they mix together, hear the sound of sprinkling over a plastic container or shaken in a plastic egg! Did you add a scent like vanilla or lavender? Please do not taste uncooked rice, but there are plenty of sensory play options that you use edible ingredients like our pigs in mud pudding play

HALLOWEEN SENSORY BINS

These newest Halloween sensory activities explore three wonderful textures that kids love. See how to set up each unique Halloween activity below.

1. HALLOWEEN SENSORY BIN WITH COLORED RICE

This Halloween sensory bin includes colored rice (we dyed our rice orange) and fun Halloween accessories suitable for preschoolers.  We used some plastic spiders!

Rice is one of our most favorite sensory bin fillers. It feels amazing on the fingers and you can scoop it and dump it for hours. You will find a super fun collection of easy to make rice sensory bins for quick play. One large bag of rice can last for quite a while!

It’s super easy to store rice and re-use it. Simply, empty your sensory bin into a gallon zip-top bag and store in a plastic storage bin with your favorite sensory bin accessories.

CHECK OUT: How To Dye Rice

There are so many things you can add to a Halloween sensory bin with rice.

  • Add tongs (from the dollar store) for fine motor play!
  • Add die for math fun! Roll the dice and count the spiders.
  • Add plastic letters for an alphabet adventure.
  • Pair with a kid-friendly book with a spider theme. (See end of post for book suggestions)

Go ahead and add your colored rice (or any of the other Halloween sensory ideas) to a large black, plastic cauldron!

2. HALLOWEEN SENSORY BIN WITH WATER BEADS

You will need to plan for this sensory bin and order a pack of water beads beforehand. (See recommended water beads at the end of this post.) This Halloween sensory activity uses water beads, a container, and some fun Halloween accessories like plastic eyes!

Water beads are such a neat tactile experience because of the way they feel on the hands! Even adults love to give these water bead sensory bins a try. If your kids want to learn a little bit about the science behind water beads, you can read about it here.

The kids will love how these little beads go from tiny and hard to plump and squishy! Again you can add many of the fun activities listed above with the colored rice.

adding water beads to a bowl full of water

green water beads that have started to plump in bowl

green water beads fully grown and plump in bowl

plastic eyeballs in green water beads bowl sensory bin

3. HALLOWEEN SENSORY BIN WITH CRINKLE PAPER

If you have to limit the type of sensory bin fillers you use with your kiddos, this crinkle paper Halloween sensory table idea is perfect. Plus, you will find a fun Halloween printable hide and seek activity that you can laminate and add to your Halloween sensory bin.

adding halloween items printable to purple crinkle paper

hid and seek halloween printable

Grab your free Halloween Sensory Bin printable pack below and set up a special activity for your next Halloween center. You can even print out two sets for matching. Kids can pull out an item and circle it on the sheet provided or just go on a treasure hunt.

Provide a cauldron to collect the items and have kids tell a Halloween story using each of the pictures! Take turns going back and forth.

finding halloween items in sensory bin

Which Halloween sensory bin will you try first?

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Here are our suggested items for creating these Halloween sensory bins with your kids. These are Amazon affiliate links. You can read the disclosure here, but basically I do receive a portion of all sales if you purchase through these links. There is no obligation to purchase anything.