monster swamp sensory playHalloween is almost here! Have you decorated your house yet? We don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters at our house so instead of spending time decorating the outside we prepare with fun learning activities inside. This sensory bin is filled with different textures, objects to sort and count, and is just gross enough to delight your kids.

What You Will Need

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  • A plastic tub
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Pot and stove
  • Green food color
  • Rubber gloves
  • Halloween bits and pieces like plastic eyeballs, spiders, and frogs.

How To Prepare

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  • Start by filling a pot with water and adding green food color to it. Bring it to a boil. Add the noodles.
  • While they are boiling fill the rubber gloves ( I did 3 and 2 survived) with water and freeze.
  • When the noodles are done cooking rinse well. Pop them in the fridge until you are ready to play.
  • When the water in the gloves are frozen rinse under cool water and remove the glove.
  • Add the frozen hands and bits and pieces to the green noodles.


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There is no wrong way to explore sensory bins other than perhaps dumping them which some kids do when they first encounter them but play shouldn’t be directed. When my daughter dove into the monster guts she immediately discovered that the noodles were sticking to the frozen hands. This delighted swamp sensory bin After that she started carefully picking out the bugs which worked on her fine motor skills and finally sorting and counting. There is a ton of learning in this gooey gross plastic tub!

About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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