Halloween Sensory Bin

With Halloween almost here, what better time for a Halloween sensory bin? Toddlers and preschoolers will love to pretend they're doing magic spells, digging out skeletons, and so much more. Follow the step by step directions below to get started with this Halloween sensory play activity.

Halloween sensory bin



PS: make sure you grab the skeleton printable from our skeleton activity pack with 6 other fun activities you can do with your toddler and preschooler.

Halloween sensory bins

A Halloween sensory bin is the perfect activity for this time of year and a great way to get your child immersed in sensory play. The benefits of sensory bins are incredible for this age as they explore their environment, develop their senses, learn to communicate, and so much more.

When you add Halloween into the mix, it's a great way to get them excited for festivities. They'll get pretty excited as soon as they see water beads inside a witch's cauldron! This Halloween sensory play activity is perfect.

Scroll down below for directions as to how to setup your own Halloween sensory bin!

water bead sensory bin

Halloween sensory bin


Halloween sensory bin supplies:


  • 3 cauldrons or other similar containers
  • Water beads - black and white
  • Halloween accessories - plastic spiders, skulls, etc
  • Large spoons
  • Skeleton printable (found in our human skeleton activity pack)

How to put together a Halloween sensory bin


STEP 1: Gather your supplies


Before you get started, make sure to round up all your supplies. If you don't have the skeleton printable yet, be sure to head on over to our shop to grab the human skeleton activity pack! You may want to laminate them to make them easier to work with.

STEP 2: Prep the water beads


To begin prepping the sensory bin, add an even amount of black and white water beads along with a bit of water to the bottom of one cauldron (be careful not to use too many as they will expand a lot!). You can use as many cauldrons as you like, but we used 3 of them for our Halloween sensory bin.

Leave them for a few hours to allow time for the beads to expand to partial or full size.


STEP 3: Set up the Halloween sensory bin


Once the water beads have expanded, add the skeleton cutouts, plastic spiders, skulls, spoons, and other accessories you choose to use.

Halloween sensory bin ideas

STEP 4: Engage in sensory play


Now it's time to play with your Halloween sensory bin! Invite your toddler over and watch as they get emerged in play.


Some Halloween sensory play ideas include:

  • Stirring, pouring, and scooping the water beads with spoons
  • Moving the water beads between cauldrons
  • Make up your own magical spells
  • Hide the skeleton pieces to find and put the skeleton together as they find them
  • Count the number of spiders or skulls
  • Add up how many spiders and skulls there are

Halloween sensory activities for preschool


Halloween sensory bin for preschoolers


Halloween sensory bin for toddlers

We also have a set of Halloween sensory bin printables that you might like to include in your Halloween sensory bin. 

Halloween sensory bin printables

We hope you have fun with this Halloween sensory play activity! Toddlers and preschoolers will have so much fun getting immersed in play with the Halloween sensory bin. Watch as they work on fine motor skills, explore senses, and so much more.


Halloween sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers. Sensory play ideas.



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