Inside: Halloween activity ideas your preschooler will love! Messy sensory play fun.
Halloween activity ideas are starting to creep in, and I’m not mad about it.
In fact, last year I picked up these eyeballs knowing they would be back in full force for 2019. You may even remember the Halloween activity from last year called, Eyeball Soup. It was pure GOLD.
Well, here we are in October again. And eyeballs…it’s on.
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This Halloween sensory play is messy, and that is exactly how I intended it to be.
Children learn through exploring substances. The more children have in their hands to explore freely now, the more they can connect the dots later when the more complex topics come.
I find this exploration incredibly important for little learners!
Here you can find me on Not Your Mother’s Podcast about what makes the play so important to future learning.
What is happening in this Halloween messy play?
Here, the children are exploring:
capacity – You’ll see where this is going as you continue reading.
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Can your child help with set up?
Of course, they can!
Here, my four-year-old was in charge of squirting the bottom layer of shaving cream.
Sure, he feels important by helping set up, but it is also strengthening his little fingers.
This will help him become a better writer. Small, hand strengthening activities like this and these listed here will take a lot of frustration that can come with writing later.
So grab the shaving cream, and encourage your preschooler to help!
Here’s what you’ll need:
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Many of the miscellaneous supplies like pots, funnels, and water pitchers can be found here in our outdoor supply bucket post.
And then the messy play magic took off!
After a lot of exploration with the shaving cream and eyeballs, my preschooler decided to add some water.
Now, the creamy substance turned into a liquid, which was a great way to explore capacity. For the next 30 minutes, he scooped and poured his heart out as I watched from the sidelines.
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How can you handle this mess?
Here is my simple solution.
As your child is playing, prepare the washing machine. For me, this means I can fill it with water and add in the soap.
When my preschoolers finish, I help take off their clothes and toss them in the washing machine.
If we are close to a hose, I can squirt down the deck.
If we are not close to a hose, everyone gets a bucket of water to splash on the deck.
It cleans up fast! – A true messy play win!
And if you are still like, oh no. I simply cannot! Check out these fun Halloween activities:
Ghost Eyes – that looks more like squids
So go ahead and pick your favorite!
This Halloween, I’ve got you covered!
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