Jack-o-Lantern Squish Bag for Babies and Toddlers

Looking for a fun Halloween activity for babies and toddlers? Try a jack-o-lantern squish bag (or sensory bag).  They take about two minutes to put together, and kids just love to play with them. This is one we made last year, and I’m excited to put together some new ones again this year.

Jack-O-Lantern Squish Bag Halloween Sensory Play for Babies and Toddlers

Sensory bags are super simple to make. Teach Preschool has an excellent sensory bags post that explains how to put them together and a tip for removing the white writing from the plastic bags. This post was the one I used to create our jack-o-lantern squish bags.

I also saw these eyeball sensory bags that were made with corn syrup if you have that on hand instead of hair gel.

For this squish bag, I added a few drops each of red and yellow liquid food coloring and pieces of cut up black felt to make a jack-o-lantern. Black foam would also work if you have that on hand.

I used clear packing tape to seal the edges and then taped the sensory bag to the window so we could see the sunlight shining through. You could also leave the bag flat on a table for kids to explore.Jack-o-Lantern Sensory Bag for Babies and Toddlers

Halloween Squish Bag for Babies and Toddlers

The baby was the first to notice the squish bag, and he spent a lot of time observing the tiny bubbles in the bag. Then he poked and squished to make the gel and the foam pieces move around. He visited the bag over and over again while it was up.

Toddler Halloween Activity Squish Bag

Tinker also spent a lot of time exploring the squish bag. She liked the cool feeling of the gel through the bag.

Pumpkin Squish Bag

Even the preschoolers couldn’t resist playing with the squish bag. I may have spent a few minutes playing, too!

Happy Hooligans also has another fun twist on fall squish bags.

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From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.

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  1. This is so cute! My little girl would love this. I think I have all of the ingredients on hand to make it today. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a great activity for little hands! I added this to my popular PUmpkin Round-up Post & pinned it =)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =)

  3. Very cool idea! I will be doing this today with my daycare children o this wet rainy day!

  4. So cute! We’ve done sensory bags before but I just *love* this idea to make a jack-o-lantern face with it!

  5. Sensory Bags – such fun! This would be great for my littlest as he is still unsure of the real messy stuff … a great way to get him used to the messy fun he is bound to have at home!!

    • I absolutely agree, Sarah! This is a great starting point for kids who aren’t quite ready to dig into the messy play activities. Little Buddy feels the same way about certain materials so far.

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