Easy Halloween Sensory Bin

When my own boys were younger they would turn into little werewolves during the Halloween season. They were just so excited they forgot their manners and good behavior. As a busy mom, it was a struggle to keep them all in line and save my sanity. But, I found that crabs do better in water, and little boys do better when they can wiggle. So, I would put them in a glow stick lit bubble bath on really bad days. And, I would make an easy Halloween sensory bin for each of them when the bath wasn’t an option. We could easily change the theme of the sensory bin as we went through the holidays, and it was a true lifesaver!

Easy Halloween Sensory Bin

Have more fun with the sense of touch with this Easy Sensory Stress Ball Tutorial.

Sensory Play Supplies:

  • Dry beans, I used popcorn¬†kernels too, the black beans were too dark.
  • Plastic bin with a lid.
  • Halloween trinkets.

This is such an easy project to do, and you can absolutely have the little ones help make it. We shopped our house for all of the little Halloween trinkets. But, when they were younger, we would add Little People figures and animals, and even Mr. Potato Head pieces. You can use anything you have on hand, honestly.

Let’s get started on this super easy Halloween sensory bin.

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I ordered black beans and a small bin for this project, but I used popcorn kernels that have been in my pantry for Heaven knows how long. You can use pasta or rice too.

Once you have the beans, rice, or seeds gathered, pour them into the bucket or bin. The kids like to help pour them in to the bin, and you can have them work on their fine motor skills by having them add the beans a few at at time too.

I like to have my sensory bins filled half way with seeds or beans. That leaves a little space to help limit the spills. Once I added all of the black beans, I thought it needed some lighter colored sensory items too, so I added a bag of popcorn kernels.

Now, it was time for the fun! Add all of the toys and trinkets, and mix them in the bucket. Add a small cauldron to scoop the beans with, and maybe a funnel if you have an extra one.

My kids played with their sensory bins for 30-45 minutes at a time before they were ready to move on to the next activity, and usually in a much better mood!

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That’s it! I hope you’re inspired to make a fun and easy Halloween sensory bin with your little ones this season!

Be sure to also check out our Sensory Process Art Project with Corn Cobs for Fall!

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