Tuesday, October 14, 2014

S for Spiders and Spaghetti Halloween Sensory Bin

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Because our "A for Acorns and Apples" bin was such a hit, I decided that the kids needed a bin just for Halloween.  We picked up some cheap plastic spiders from the dollar section of Target and I knew they'd be perfect for some squishy spidery spaghetti fun!
 S for Spiders & Spaghetti #Sensory Bin - slimy, slippery, squishy, #Halloween Fun for Kids! 
Like all of our sensory bins, I try to focus on things that we already have in our pantry and cabinets at home.  My mom recently brought us 8 boxes of spaghetti (there must have been a sale) and since my kids aren't huge fans of spaghetti, I knew I was going to have to be creative to use it all up.  It turned out to be the perfect sensory experience for my little guys!  S for Spiders & Spaghetti #Sensory Bin - slimy, slippery, squishy, #Halloween Fun for Kids! Dying the noodles was really easy!  I simple cooked a box of spaghetti up according to the package directions and then put them in a large bowl.  I used the Wilton Icing Colors to get bright colors.  We used green and black because those were the colors I had in the cabinet that I thought would work for Halloween (obviously orange and purple would be good choices as well).  Then, I just mixed in the food coloring and added a tablespoon or two of olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking and give them a fun, slippery feeling.S for Spiders & Spaghetti #Sensory Bin - slimy, slippery, squishy, #Halloween Fun for Kids!
I added the noodles to a large 9"x13" Tupperware container and then hid our plastic spiders throughout.
 S for Spiders & Spaghetti #Sensory Bin - slimy, slippery, squishy, #Halloween Fun for Kids!
Look how colorful and inviting this is!  The kids couldn't wait to play with this one!S for Spiders & Spaghetti #Sensory Bin - slimy, slippery, squishy, #Halloween Fun for Kids! We took the bin outside to save the kitchen from sticky spaghetti noodles and food dyes.  I find I'm much calmer about messy sensory bins when they're done outside!  The boys were both a little hesitant to stick their hands in the container so they used the tongs from their Scatterpillar Scramble Game.  This game is awesome for fine motor skills.  All my boys love it and we've used the tongs for almost all of our recent sensory bins!
 S for Spiders & Spaghetti #Sensory Bin - slimy, slippery, squishy, #Halloween Fun for Kids!
I gave them each a bucket and let them direct their own play.  First, they dug through and "rescued" all the spiders from inside the spaghetti.  Then, they started moving the spaghetti from the bin to their bucket and back again.  They did this for quite a while telling me which color spaghetti they had and which color spiders they found.
 S for Spiders & Spaghetti #Sensory Bin - slimy, slippery, squishy, #Halloween Fun for Kids!
Finally, they got brave enough to touch the spaghetti and started trying to break it.  My 3-year-old took one strand at a time to break and then told me which one was bigger and which one was smaller.  So, without even trying, we got in some beginning measurement and comparison math skills. S for Spiders & Spaghetti #Sensory Bin - slimy, slippery, squishy, #Halloween Fun for Kids! We kept the bin in the refrigerator for a few days and played with it several times before finally tossing it.  The kids had a great time with it and I'd say we definitely got our money's worth of that $.50 box of spaghetti.

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1 comment:

  1. I am obsessed with this Tina!! It is so darn cool!! 🙂 I love the spaghetti idea and awesome job you did. okay really I love it all! Such fun 🙂.i have few ideas for kids activities please stop by and checkout Educational Monthly subscription boxes for kids

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