The holiday season is the best time of year in our home!
Because both my boys have fall birthdays we start celebrating the “holidays” in September, but for most people, Halloween is the beginning of the true holiday season.
Since we try to soak up every last second of this time of year, we love doing different Halloween activities and crafts.
And this Halloween sensory bin made from eyeball bouncy balls and colored spaghetti was a smashing hit at our house.
If your kids love the spooky season and slimy, squishy fun, they’ll love this activity too. Themed sensory bins are perfect for engaging young children in sensory play, and this one is no exception!
Read on below or check out the video to see all the Halloween theme fun in action.
Halloween Spaghetti Sensory Bin
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Halloween Sensory Box Supplies
- Neon Food Dye
- Eyeball Bouncy Balls
- Activity Tray
- Scooper Scissors
- Child Scissors
- White Vinegar (4 tablespoons)
- Gallon Ziploc Bag
- Small Mixing Bowl
- Cups or Bowls (for sorting)
Colored Spaghetti & Eyeball Sensory Bin Directions
1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package. We used one 1lb box and had enough to fill two of our activity trays.
2. Drain spaghetti and rinse with cool water.
3. In a small bowl, mix approximately 4 tablespoons white vinegar with about half the bottle of neon purple food dye. Add the mixture and the spaghetti to a gallon Ziploc bag and seal tightly.
4. Mix the spaghetti and food coloring around in the bag until it’s completely saturated. Let sit for 1-2 hours to get completely absorbed.
5. Rinse the spaghetti in cold water, then place it in the activity tray with the eyeball bouncy ball sensory bin fillers.
6. Set out two small bowls (for sorting the eyeballs into colors), the scooper scissors, child scissors, and any other tools for your child to explore their Halloween sensory bin.
Want some more fun and educational Halloween printables for your kids? We’ve got you covered! Our Halloween printables bundle has a little bit of everything – from color by number pages to pattern block mats & more. Your kids will have a blast practicing their fine motor skills, counting, letter recognition, and more. It’s packed with 77 pages of fun so there’s lots of variety and learning potential. Your kids will never get bored!
This sensory bin is so much fun for kids and will soon be their new favorite Halloween activity!
I mean, even I wanted to play with the spaghetti a little too!
You can simply let your children have fun and explore the sensory activities on their own. Or you can throw in a little educational spin by asking them to sort the eyeballs by color into each of the small bowls.
To work on numbers, you can have them count the total number of eyeballs.
Also, if they’re old enough to be working on addition you can have them add the green eyeballs and the blue eyeballs together to get the total number of eyeballs.
My 4-year-old loved working on fine motor skills by using the scooper scissors and also by using the regular scissors to cut the spaghetti up into little pieces.
And if you have these eyeball bouncy balls, this sensory bin glows in the dark too!!!
This easy Halloween sensory table idea would also be a huge hit at a Halloween party! Your kids will have loads of sensory fun as they discover the different textures and fun items hidden in the spooky spaghetti.
Any way you play with this Halloween sensory bin activity is bound to be loads of fun!
If the younger kids in your life love this activity, they’ll get a kick out of these fun preschool board games too. They’re perfect for any busy toddler or preschool classroom!
Halloween Unit For Kids
Don’t let the fun Halloween activities stop here! Create an entire unit study for young kids around this sensory activity. Read on below for our favorite ideas.
Reading out loud to children is great because it helps kids love reading, learn communication skills, improve critical thinking skills, and more! Because of this, we always recommend starting a new unit with books.
Below are some of the top-rated Halloween books for kids. Add them to your home collection or borrow them from your local library.
Room On The Broom: This has to be one of our favorite Halloween books of all time! The story follows a witch and her cat as they happen upon some animals who help the witch. There’s danger, mystery, and friendship in this adorable children’s story.
5 Minute Spooky Stories: We love Disney’s 5-minute storybooks and this one is perfect for Halloween! See how all your favorite Disney characters celebrate this spooky holiday.
Ten Timid Ghosts: This is a fun countdown book about a witch who moves into a haunted house where 10 ghosts already live. The witch scares the ghosts out one by one until they devise a scheme to get her out of their house. This Halloween children’s book is good for kids who love rhyming stories!
Halloween Kids Ideas
Of course, we do lots of Halloween crafts as well! Check out some of our great Halloween ideas for your next crafting session::
Candy Corn Halloween Craft – Your little monsters will love making this super cute candy corn Frankenstein! Use this craft to develop their fine motor skills, such as cutting and gluing in a fun way. Add some googly eyes and a craft stick to the bottom to turn it into a puppet, and get ready for a ton of Halloween fun!
Handprint Bat Craft – Transform your child’s handprint into a spooky bat with this fun and easy craft. This project is great for introducing kids to basic crafting skills, and they’ll create a one-of-a-kind bat keepsake! The best part? You probably already have all the necessary supplies at home!
Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Craft – This is one for the Disney lovers! Your little learners will love creating a paper Jack-o-Lantern shaped like their favorite mouse. They’ll have the best time cutting out the shapes and gluing them together to make a Mickey pumpkin masterpiece.
Paper Plate Frankenstein Craft – Don’t throw away those leftover paper plates – turn them into this adorable Frankenstein craft instead! Our free printable template makes this craft super easy and fun for kids of all ages. Kids will love bringing Frankenstein to life using paint, glue, and other simple supplies you can likely find at the dollar store.
Halloween Activities For Kids
These Halloween pattern block mats are perfect for kids of all ages and they can be used as a learning tool too! Have them count how many blocks there are, match up shapes, and more. Plus it’s super easy because all you have to do is print out the PDF file at home and grab your pattern blocks.
Kids can color these cute Halloween coloring pages. These are no-prep, fun, and printable! This is a great idea for those rainy days when you need something new to do inside or on those chilly nights throughout the fall season.
Get your kids in the spooky spirit with these Halloween do a dot printables! These are great for working on counting and letter recognition, plus they’re fun to use. Kids can use dot markers, pom poms, plastic spiders, or other Halloween themed items to complete each worksheet! This activity is also great fine motor practice!
These Halloween tens frames worksheets are a great way to incorporate Halloween into your math lessons. With these printables, kids can practice counting and matching while having fun with the spooky theme. It’s a win-win for both learning and celebrating the holiday!
Spooky season is here and what better way to celebrate than with this delightful candy corn headband craft! This candy corn headband craft is a wonderful way for kids to improve their fine motor skills and follow instructions. The craft is simple, engaging, and easy to make!