Looking for a fun Halloween activity for babies and toddlers? Squish bags are great for this age. 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 as a toddler play activity, but it’s just as fun for preschoolers and big kids. I’m excited to put together some new sensory bags again this year.
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.
Watch this quick video tutorial to see how to make your own sensory squish bag.
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.
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.
Tinker also spent a lot of time exploring the squish bag. She liked the cool feeling of the gel through the 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.
Even more sensory squish bag inspiration!
Find sensory squish bags for every season here.
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Less stress, more connecting this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!
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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