It’s happening. Halloween activity ideas are starting to creep in, and I love it. Here, Halloween’s messy sensory play meets shaving cream. My middle child’s dream came true.
Remember Eyeball Soup? It was pure GOLD. Here we have another golden activity that involves shaving cream. Be sure to add this messy Halloween sensory play into your mix!
The article tackles the oddly useful things you can get by mixing shaving foam and eyeballs, answering common questions, and teaching you how to set up the activity.
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Why Choose a Sensory Activity for Halloween?
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.
This kind of creative exploration is essential for little learners’ development!
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The Benefits of Halloween Messy Play:
Here, the children are exploring:
- Capacity – adding tools such as measuring cups aids math skills later in life.
- Creativity – children experimenting with different textures, especially in nature, can help support their creativity. Here is an interesting article that helps explain how to keep a child’s creativity in a natural outdoor classroom.
- Imaginary play – kids can build a world without limitation.
- Texture – great for expanding vocabulary.
I’ve said it before; messy play ideas are a blast. See Foam Block Sensory Play HERE.
How to Set Up Halloween Sensory Messy Play
Step 1. Place a mat on the floor
First, place the mat on the floor. This helps with any overflowing messiness.
Step 2. Fill a sensory bin with shaving cream
Next, we will add shaving cream. Kids love the stuff! (I’m not going to lie; maybe I enjoy it too much too.)
Step 3. Add large plastic eyeballs
Once the sensory bin is set, we crank it up for Halloween. These eyes add extra texture and give it that Halloween twist.
Step 4. Place utensils nearby
Finally, I use pots, pans, jugs, and spoons to give your child more to play with and help develop fine motor skills.
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Simple Way to Handle the Mess
You must be asking: “How do I handle this mess?”
Here is my simple solution.
- Prep the Washing Machine – As your child is playing, prepare the washing machine. This means I can fill it with water and add the soap.
- Grab the Shaving Cream Clothes – When my preschoolers finish, I help take off their clothes and toss them in the washing machine.
- Hose or Bucket? I can squirt down the deck if we are close to a hose. 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!
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My Kid’s Experience With Halloween Messy Play
After a lot of exploration with the shaving cream and eyeballs, my preschooler decided to add some water.
The creamy substance turned into a liquid, a great way to explore capacity.
For example, 30 minutes into the activity, he scooped and poured his heart out as I watched from the sidelines.
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Halloween Sensory Messy Play is the Perfect Fall Activity
What’s the most important point of all this? Using shaving foam and eyeballs ends is guaranteed fun!
But it’s also incredible for children to explore their imagination and fine motor skills. Don’t miss out on this activity this Halloween!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Messy sensory play means exactly how it sounds – MESSY! However, the cleanup process can usually be handled by a few squirts of the hose. Messy sensory play is a sensory bin that tends to go outside the container or even on a child’s body. Our favorite messy play ideas include shaving cream, muddy water, and chalk paint.
Go outside and find a soft mat to sit on. We like to use indoor cycling mats that are easy to hose off. Have your child change into swim gear (for obvious reasons). Teach your child to play and hose down the supplies and kids once finished!
To make sensory play less messy, use water. Water is easy to wipe off hardwood floors and other surfaces.
Messy play ideas are best used when you have all day at home with kids. I like messy play for a late-morning activity just as the weather is getting warmer. By the time they finish, the sun is out to get hosed down, and we’ve made it to lunchtime and naps (that mid-day break we all crave!)
Of course, they can! Having your kids help with setup can help them become better writers. How? Small hand-strengthening activities like these listed here will take away a lot of frustration when it comes to writing. In this activity, my four-year-old was in charge of squirting the bottom layer of shaving cream. So grab the shaving cream, and encourage your preschooler to help!
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