You will need:
- Ziploc Freezer Bag
- Hair Gel
- Different mini figurines or Halloween erasers
- Permanent Marker
- Duct tape
How to Make a Sensory Halloween Bag:
Place different small items in a Ziploc bag. In this case, I used miniature erasers. Add A large bottle of hair gel. Seal the top of the bag and add a large piece of duct tape. (I learned the hard way that this can leak). I drew 3 squares on the sides of the bag and drew a pumpkin, ghost and skull in each of the squares. I then ask children to use their fingers to push the figurines into the matching boxes!
Halloween is a great time to push children’s sensory boundaries! There are so many gooey, gross activities you can do with them. I like to start with something simple that may feel a little odd to some children but definitely works on their tactile discrimination skills. This means they use their fingers to find their way around.
We have all made sensory bags in the past, but I usually like to combine this with a specific task especially for children that have tactile defensiveness issues, when they are aware of a beginning and an end to the activity or task, they are more apt to participate. Otherwise just asking them to touch and feel a medium that is aversive to them may be easily overwhelming.