Halloween Sensory Bin Idea
Sensory bins are one of my favorite additions to the preschool classroom, and this Halloween sensory bin idea is no different! I gathered all of the materials for this particular sensory bin at Walmart. Dry black beans make the perfect black backdrop for all the bright colors in the bin!
Materials You’ll Need for the Sensory Bin
While I lucked up and was able to find everything at Walmart, you could also search The Target Dollar Spot, The Dollar Tree, Amazon, or Oriental Trading for similar items. Instead of the colorful paper cupcake liners I used, I suggest you use these silicone cupcake liners in a rainbow of colors. They will hold up much better.
It’s also a great idea to check Hobby Lobby for trinkets like these. They often mark their holiday items down drastically, so you can find some great deals to put away for next year’s sensory bins!
These Sterlite large clip boxes are my all time favorite way to house individual sensory bins. They’re sturdy and they seal nicely. They stack easily, too.
Putting it All Together
The dry black beans form the base of this sensory bin. When you add all the colorful accessories, everything comes together boo-tifully (see what I did there!). The colorful bats I used were actually stacking colored pencils. I simply removed the pencil part of each and left the bats unstacked so they would be individual pieces.
The creepy eyeballs are nice and sticky, so some of the beans stick to them when you pick them up. This can make a fun counting activity if you use the “Eye Can Count” printable that comes with the FREE downloadable packet at the end of this post.
Making your Halloween Sensory Bin Academic
Playing for the sake of playing is wonderful, but if you need to sneak in some academic content here are a few ideas!
- Do a Letter Hunt– Laminate the ABC cards and mix them up throughout the bin. Have students pull out one letter at a time and name the letter and its sound. Then have them locate the letter on the recording mat and dab it with a Bingo Dabber or color it in. They keep searching until they’ve found all the letters!
2. Counting Fun- Since the eyeballs are sticky, have children “smush” them into the beans and count how many beans stick. Have them record the number on the recording page.
3. Color Sorting- Laminate the colorful bat cards (in the free download below). Have children sort the bats and pom poms by color and place them on the appropriate card.
Free Printables for YOU
Did you love this Halloween sensory bin ideas as much as I do? Grab the free printables to do the letter hunt, bean counting, and color sorting by grabbing the download below.