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Sensory Activities

Halloween Fun in the Kitchen

Here are some of my favorite Halloween recipes to make with kids!


1-Spooky Popcorn Hands

You Will Need:

  • Candy Corn
  • Gummy worms
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Clear gloves
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Spooky Plastic spiders
  • Rubber bands

The Activity:

Place popcorn bag in the microwave and cook according to directions. Ask an adult to open the bag of popcorn and empty it out into a bowl to cool off

Put one candy corn in each of the fingers of the glove to create fingernails

Fill the glove with popcorn and little spiders

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Tie on the other end with a rubber band

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Place a spider ring on one of the fingers

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2-Decorate Mummy Cupcakes

You Will Need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (we made ours using cake mix)
  • White frosting
  • Ziploc baggies
  • m&ms
  • sugar eyes
  • fruit loops

The Activity:

Put White frosting in a plastic bag and cut a little tip on the end of the bag.

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Create a zig zag pattern on the cupcake by squeezing the bag

Add candy for eyes. We experimented with different types of candies.

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3-Hot Dog Mummies

I have made these 2 years in a row with the kids and they LOOOOVE them!!!!

You Will Need:

  • Beef, chicken, turkey or Veggie Hot dogs
  • Crescent dough
  • Sliced American cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sugar eye balls
  • Knife

The Activity:

Step 1: Unroll dough; separate at perforations.

Step 2: With knife, cut each triangle into long strips. Don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Step 3: Slice cheese slices into 3

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Step 4: Place a small slice of cheese on the hot dog and use a strip of dough to wrap it along the length of the hot dog.

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Step 5: On a large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs cheese side down.

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Step 6: Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and hot dogs are hot.

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Step 7: Once completely cool, put a little squeeze of mayonnaise (use like “glue”)at the top of the hot dog and “stick” on 2 sugar eye balls!!!

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Sensory Activities

Spooky Witch Pumpkin

This is a great alternative to carving a pumpkin. Lay a pumpkin on its side, paint it green. Add streamers for hair, wiggle eyes, a felt mouth and accessorize with a witch hat!!! Kids LOOOOVED the Spooky result!

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Sensory Activities

Spooky Sounding Lanterns

These were so easy to make and the resulting sound is really loud!!!
The kids loved playing around with the sound variations. We each got a chance to pull on our string while other children guessed what it sounded like. We made sounds of witches, ghosts, squeaky doors and even chickens!!!!!

You will need:

  • Plastic cup
  • Black Adhesive felt (You can do this with construction paper and glue instead)
  • Skewer or nail to poke a hole
  • Cotton string or yarn (will not work with nylon string)
  • Paper clip
  • Scissors
  • Wet piece of cloth/material

Instructions:

Cut out 2 small triangles  and a mouth with black felt. Flip the cup upside down, peel and stick facial features to the cup.

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Use the skewer to poke a hole at the top of the cup.

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Attach the string to a paper clip by making 2 knots.

photo-75Slip the other end of the string in the hole, from the top of the cup.

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Wet a little piece of cloth (we used a cut up wash cloth)

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Hold the cup up from the top and glide the cup on the string for some really silly sounds!!!

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Gross Motor Activities

Sight Words Spelling Words Spider Toss

I got all these fun Halloween items at Target $1 area (always full of cute items that can be used to teach kids basic skills)

You Will Need:

  • 10 plastic cups
  • 3 bean bags
  • Sight words written on paper

How to Play:

I marked the cups with points ranging from 30 to 5. Use a small piece of tape to stick 3 sight words in 3 different cups. Ask your child to toss the bean bag (spider in this case) and hit as many cups as possible. Then ask your child to look for cups that contain sight words. Your child gets to then read (or spell) the word he found in the cup. If he reads or spells correctly, he wins the number of points on the cup. Don’t forget to ask your child to restock the cups into a pyramid!

Therapy Corner:

Not only  is this a great way to review spelling words and sight words,I even use it for handwriting and ask children to copy the word they found, it works on many “OT” skills.

Throwing on a specific target helps your child work on eye-hand coordination skills. Stacking the cups into a pyramid is challenging for many children. It works on motor planning skills as well as graded control of the arms/hand. (This means your child will have to decide how much force to use when stacking the cups into a pyramid…gentle enough to make them stand)