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Halloween Sensory Activities For Kids

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Halloween is a time when it can be hard to keep students interested and focused in the classroom. Use these sensory activities to keep your young students engaged in classroom activities while helping them explore their senses.

Halloween Sensations

Sensory work in the classroom is a great way for students to engage both the mind and body in the learning process. Halloween offers many wonderful opportunities to focus on different senses in isolation and together.

These games and activities allow you to focus your students' attention on each particular sense as they explore their world. If you plan ahead, you can ask parents to supply the majority of the supplies you will need for these activities.

Identify Using Isolated Senses

These activities are all about identifying Halloween-related items using just one isolated sense.

Identify by Smell

Materials

  • Small boxes (one for each scented item chosen)
  • Scented Halloween-related items, such as candy apples, marshmallow ghosts, candy corn, pumpkin scented candle
  • Sleep masks or blindfolds

Preparation

  • Cut a small hole in the top of each box.
  • Place an item (include multiples of the item if necessary to fill the area with scent). Break open a few candy corn pieces and the marshmallows to increase their scent.
  • Place the boxes on a table.

Instructions

  • Ask students to line up at one end of the table.
  • One at a time, students should cover their eyes and carefully walk to each box.
  • Help the students locate the hole in each box and smell the contents.
  • Then, students should try to identify what was in each box by writing a numbered list (for example, 'Box 1 = candy apple').
  • After that, give the answers and let students check their accuracy.

Extension

To play this with groups, have groups sit in a circle around one box (you must have exactly the same number of boxes and groups). Students must cover their eyes and all smell their box's contents. Remove the boxes and allow groups to debate over what was in the box. After each group documents what was in their first box, swap boxes and repeat until all groups have investigated all boxes.

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