Sensory play is always such an enjoyable and wonderful way for kids to learn, explore and express themselves. This Make-A-Face Jack O’Lantern Sensory Play Bag is a fun and mess free Halloween sensory play idea kids will love.
Squash and squish the sensory play bag to move the Jack O’Lantern’s face pieces around. Can you get everything in the right place? Can you make him look silly? Can you turn his face up-side-down?
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Make-A-Face Jack O’Lantern Sensory Play Bag
Supplies For Jack O’Lantern Sensory Play Bag
- Large Ziploc Bag
- Orange Jello
- Black Craft Foam
- Strong Duck Tape
- Optional – Glitter
How To Make A Jack-O-Lantern Sensory Play Bag
1 – Make your Jello according to the instructions on the pack but use a little less water so the jello sets a little more firmly than usual. Pop it in the fridge to set.
2 – When the jello is set break it up a little and put it into your Ziploc bag. You want to fill it about half way. Don’t worry about breaking the jelly right up as it’s nice to leave it lumpy and the kids enjoy breaking it down more as they enjoy their Halloween sensory play.
3 – Your Jack O’Lantern Sensory Play Bag is now ready for its Make-A-Face pieces. Using your black craft foam cut out three large triangles for your pumpkin’s eyes and a mouth shape. Add the craft foam to the sensory bag and a sprinkling of glitter if you decided to use it.
4 – So your Jack O’Lantern sensory play bag doesn’t burst when the children use it you’ll need to gently squeeze all of the air out of the Ziploc bag before zipping it shut. I like to tape over the zip too with Duck Tape to help prevent accidental spills.
Now your Make-A-Face Jack O’Lantern Sensory Play Bag is ready for little fingers to explore. Children can squish and squash the jello around inside the bag and move the craft foam pieces to make a fun Jack O’Lantern face. A mess free Halloween sensory play idea.
If you are using this sensory play idea with young children you might like to tape the bag onto a plastic table. If you have a light table the jello can be fun to look at on that.
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