Here’s a simple Halloween sensory play idea that will excite your child’s imagination. Using just a few simple items, little witches and wizards can start brewing their magic potions.
Last week R came up to me and said “I want to make a wizard’s cauldron!” We have been reading a book which features a picture of a wizard, wearing full cape and pointy hat, standing over a bubbling cauldron. I’m guessing this is what inspired his Halloween sensory play idea. R loves to mix up imaginative recipes like our pretend cooking activity, so I knew he’d be in his element with this wizard’s brew.
Halloween Sensory Play
First, we gathered our supplies.
* The essential wizard’s cape (wand and hat optional)
* A cauldron
* Magic green soup
* Rare and secret ingredients such as leaves, twigs, and (plastic) insects
For the “cauldron” I gave him the largest saucepan in the cupboard. A cauldron needs to be big, right? It was perfect for the job – huge and deep and heavy. I filled it with water and placed it on a towel on the kitchen floor so there was no worry about spills (and it made things a bit more comfortable for him as well). This would be a great outdoor activity if you didn’t want all that water play happening inside. I also gave him a long handled ladle and some green food colouring and he was good to go.
There was lots of imaginative play happening as he mixed the food colouring into the water and stirred and stirred and stirred.
R gathered all sorts of ingredients for his special recipe. There was natural items like fern fronds, gum leaves, branches, twigs and stones. He also used some of his plastic insects – what’s a witch’s or wizard’s brew without a frog leg or two?
He experimented with different items, discovering which ones would float and which ones would sink. He tried sitting the little lady birds and other insects on some of the larger leaves to see if they would float on top.
It was a great Halloween sensory play experience as he moved his hands through the water, fishing out ingredients and observing how the natural elements like the leaves had changed after being in the coloured water.
What would you add to your wizard’s brew?
Here is another Halloween sensory play activity we enjoyed last year – Halloween play dough. Click on the photo to see the full post!
Here are some more fun Halloween ideas that we’ve enjoyed recently.
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