Halloween is just around the corner and now that Freddie is a little bit older I have been looking for new sensory play ideas. As he loves his Baby Sensory Class, I decided to set up some sensory fun and share it with you too! Nearly all of the materials were from Poundland and the total cost was under seven pounds. I hope your baby enjoys exploring everything as much as mine did!
For this activity you will need some empty bottles- I used these ones because they had a wide neck and were slightly smaller so easier for tiny hands to grab. You can add anything you like but I chose these bouncing ‘eye-balls’, some skeleton tinsel and plastic spiders. To add a bit of movement, top up the bottles with water and glitter and make sure the lid is secure. For extra peace of mind, you could add tape or glue gun the lids on but of course this activity should be supervised just in case. For the skeleton bottle I decided not to add water so that Freddie could experiment with shaking it and hearing the different noises. This turned out to be his favourite one so I am glad I did! If your baby has trouble gripping the bottles try creating some little handles using ribbon. I did this for two of the bottles and it meant that Freddie could throw them around and pick them up more easily. These were a firm favourite and will be residing in his toy basket until the big day is here!
For this activity you will need some sort of halloween mold, a bit of greek yogurt and a berry smoothie/puree. I picked up our mold from Poundland for only fifty pence! Bargain! Just pop some greek yogurt into the molds and then swirl in some berry smoothie for the ‘blood’. These look super cute and taste good too- just make sure they are fresh out of the freezer so that they won’t break into chunks and cause a potential choking hazard! You could also try using jelly instead and experiment with different smoothie flavours too. For older children you could just make into ice cubes and add them into a sensory tray with jelly, the bouncing ‘eyeballs’ and the spiders!
Light & Texture
One of my favourite things to do is to set up a little invitation to play and then let Freddie explore it freely. It is so fun to see what interests him and what he goes for first! The 3D paper pumpkins and pumpkin fairy lights were a pound each and went down a treat (or trick…bad joke!). He loved inspecting the lights and spent quite a while just swinging them around. You could also put the lights into an empty milk carton to make your own little lamp. Freddie soon discovered that the paper pumpkins made a swishing noise when he shook them and wanted to hold them both at the same time! I also bought some bubbles which he was interested in but the lights were far too tempting to put down…
So that’s it! Three Halloween Sensory Play Ideas for babies, I really hope this post gave you some ideas to try with your little one. Which one do you think your baby or toddler would enjoy most? Do you have any Halloween Sensory Play Ideas? I would love to hear from you in the comments and If you enjoyed this post and feel it would be helpful to other parents, please share it too! To see what else Freddie is up to check out his most recent update . I have also created a Pinterest board for baby play ideas.
Thanks for reading,