I recently saw and purchased these ping pong ball size eyeballs at the Dollar Tree. I had no idea what I was going to use them for, but knew I needed them. They are perfect for Halloween.
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Eyeballs at Halloween time remind me of monsters and slimy stuff.
We love to do sensory stuff, especially at Halloween. We often incorporate sensory activities into our kids’s classroom parties whether it’s feeling the eyeballs (frozen grapes) or digging for the Halloween loot in a box of dried beans.
The idea for this slimy eyeball sensory bin came together as I walked past the jello last week at the grocery store.
This sensory bin was easy to put together and just took a little planing ahead. I used a small plastic container and 6 small boxes of grape jello (you can use whatever color/flavor you like or have on hand). Follow the directions on the box to make the jello and pour into the bin. Once all 6 boxes have been made and added to the bin, added the ping pong ball eyes. They will float and settle on the top. Follow the directions on the box for allowing the jello to set and then it is time to play.
I knew it would be a hit or miss with my kids in terms of who would want to dig their hands into the jello and get messy. I did not have messy babies on their first birthdays. Our middle child dug into his cake a little, but for the most part they all stayed fairly clean no mater how hard I tried. They do love to roll around in the mud. We did not plant a garden this last summer, so the kids used it a s a mud pit and were often covered in mud!
As I predicted the middle child is the only one who enjoyed this project. I think some of it was the promise to eat the jello as soon as I finished pictures. He enjoys his snacks!
Would your kids like to dig their hands into this sensory bin?
This post is part of a Homemade Halloween series. Visit other posts in the series here: Homemade Halloween.
Here are some other fall inspired sensory bins:
- Playing in the Corn Sensory Bin
- Preschool Skills Fall Sensory Bin
- Fine Motor-Color Matching Apple Sensory Bin
Sheila @ BrainPowerBoy says
What fun! It bet the texture of sticking your fingers and hands in that jello was super interesting. Pinned and tweeted.
Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
This is perfect one for Halloween – slimy but not too creepy! My daughter would love playing in (and eating!) the Jello, too! lol!
My son could not wait until I finished pictures so he could start eating it. Thanks for hosting Homemade Halloween!
Some kids just don’t like messy, huh? But everyone like eating. I think this is a cute idea, and boys would like the eyeballs any time of year. I pinned it 🙂
Thank you Lucy! Yes, I think my kids were most excited to eat it.
Ali Gilbert says
Haha. This is so unique! I think I would even like to get my hands dirty in some jello. Great sensory idea!!!!
Thank you Ali! My little one loved it, but I think was most excited to eat it.