Simple Halloween Sensory Bin

 

I’ve been making a lot of really simple sensory bins or bin-less invitations to explore for N lately. He’s only 14 months old, and while he loves exploring, I think a smaller sensory bin with a limited amount of items is better for him at this age compared to some of the more elaborate {but still simple} sensory activities I’ve set up for E over the years.

I try to add one or two more unusual items every once in a while, like the cotton balls to this football activity or the cookie cutters to our Halloween Quick Sand.

For this Simple Halloween Sensory Bin, I chose some reusable straws that I thought went well with the Halloween rings.

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

(N was 1 year and 2 months old.)

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Materials for Simple Halloween Sensory Bin

 

I really wanted these Halloween rings! I eyed them on the cupcakes at Walmart on three separate shopping trips. I knew full well that the Halloween cupcakes with extremely vibrant black and purple icing wouldn’t taste particularly good, but I finally broke down and bought them for the rings ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even E only tried one of the cupcakes, then never spoke of them again ๐Ÿ˜‰

N didn’t really care much about the rings at first, he stuck his hand straight into one of the applesauce cups that I’d filled with a handful of beans.

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

 

He played with the beans for a while before turning to the straws. He noticed that it’s fun to blow into them while making funny sounds ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

 

He did get around to the Halloween rings – he checked them out one by one, then threw them on the ground ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

 

He lifted the bin and shook it around several times without dumping out the beans.

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

 

A little later, there was some controlled dumping,

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

 

and finally – yep, all the beans got dumped out ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

 

He hadn’t brought the straws and the rings together at this point, so I stuck the straws through the rings to show him what I’d been thinking of when I’d set up the bin.

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

 

He had fun pulling the rings off the straws, and I put them back on for him a few more times. He wasn’t interested in putting the straws through the rings himself, though.

He did try to fit a few beans into the opening of the straw but didn’t have much luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

I made a simple Halloween sensory bin for my toddler to explore!

 

Has your toddler played with a simple sensory bin? Which items did you use? Leave a comment below to tell me all about it!

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Here are a few more simple sensory activities for young toddlers that you may like:

Toddler Art with Flour Paint

Wet and Dry Fall Sensory Table

Toddler Play with Foamy Blocks

Football Helmets in a Muffin Tin

Halloween Sensory Bin for Babies and Toddlers: Edible Eyeballs by Fun at Home with Kids

 

 

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