Halloween Surprise in a Muffin Tin

 

For young toddlers {and babies, too}, I’ve come to enjoy presenting sensory activities in a muffin tin sometimes. I think it’s a good size for little hands, and using the six cavities both limits the possibilities and inspires finding new items to explore.

The other day, I was looking at my stash of large juice bottle lids and the Halloween cupcake rings right next to it, when it hit me: The lids looked like they would fit right into the cavities of our muffin tin! I thought the rings would fit under the lids, and the idea of setting up a Halloween Surprise in a Muffin Tin was born!

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

(N was 1 year and 3 months old.)

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Materials for Halloween Surprise in a Muffin Tin

  • Muffin tin.
  • Large juice bottle lids. {Ours are from Simply Orange juice.}
  • Halloween cupcake rings. {Or use other smallish items you have on hand.}

 

It was very easy to put this activity together, and N was very interested in finding out what I’d come up with.

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

 

He was delighted when he found the first Halloween ring.

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

 

Both the lid and the ring were quickly tossed aside, though, to examine what was underneath the next lid 😉

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

 

He took some time to explore how he could put the spider and the frankenstein ring together

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

 

before moving on to the remaining lids.

He was also interested in the relationship between two juice lids and studied them at length.

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

 

He had fun dropping individual items into the muffin tin – and sometimes, he dropped them all at once 😉

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

 

When the lids ended up upside down, he experimented with placing the Halloween items in them.

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

 

I showed him how to put a ring on his finger, and he enjoyed pulling it off but didn’t try putting it back on himself.

 

Simple Sensory Activities for Kids: I set up a quick and simple Halloween surprise in a muffin tin for my toddler. He loved discovering and exploring each little Halloween item!

 

When he was done, I put the activity back together because while N had been playing, I’d had an idea for using the same set up with E in a different way. No dice – he came right back and took everything apart again. He did this over and over again, and I was all too happy to keep putting it back together for him – until he was satisfied and decided to go back inside and leave me with the muffin tin 😉

 

Has your baby or toddler played with a muffin tin? What did you put into the cavities? Tell me all about it in the comments!

 

Looking for other creative ways to use a muffin tin?

 

Football Helmets in a Muffin Tin

Invitation to Play with a Cupcake Tin

Bubble Bath Bathtub Paint

Invitation to Create Play Dough Cupcakes

Muffin Tin Color Sorting Fine Motor Practice from Powerful Mothering

Pony Bead Sun Catcher from School Time Snippets

 

 

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  1. I love how simple activities like this are so popular with toddlers! I hadn’t thought to add a Halloween theme though – great idea!