These two Halloween activities are EASY and great for toddlers. When it comes to holidays and special occasions, I’m all about the crafts and art projects! Normally, we do this with friends over but life has filled our weekends up so I opted to do these on a day when my daughter stayed home sick from school. The Halloween slime was my daughters idea and the halloween sensory bottle was to keep my 2 year old away from the slime. Plus, it’s a fun way to incorporate some learning and sensory activities.
Witchy Halloween Slime
If you’ve banished all slime for your home like I have, you can just go on to the sensory bottle activity. Trust me, I understand. At first I allowed slime in the home, then only in the garage, then only outside. Eventually, I banned slime altogether because it always made it’s way inside the house and my daughters version of “cleaning up” didn’t mesh with mine. She was home sick on this particular day and I knew making this Halloween slime would magically make her feel a little better.
Slime Supplies needed:
- 1/2 cup of Elmer’s White Glue
- Acrylic pant (we used purple to make it “witchy”)
- 2 tbs shaving cream
- 1/4 cup Water – add on more as needed
- Tide Detergent – start with 1 tablespoon; not all detergents work well for slime
- Medium size bowl
- Note: this is also the order in which you prepare the slime.
Other Optional Supplies:
- Add-ins: googly eyes, glitter, spiders
- Vinegar* this is optional, but not really. Vinegar is your saving grace to get slime out of clothes, carpet, etc.
- Add 1/2 cup of Elmer’s white school glue and 2 tablespoons of shaving cream into bowl. Mix well and add acrylic paint. I don’t like to use food coloring because it tends to stain. Optional: You can add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil after mixing in the acrylic paint.
- Slowly add a 1/4 cup of water. Then add your detergent (or contact solution) about 1 Tablespoon at a time and mix.
- Keep adding a little more detergent and mixing until your slime begins forming into a ball-like form. You’ll notice this is when it starts to turn into slime and becomes less sticky. It will begin coming off the sides of your container and sticking together. This is Gianna’s favorite part!
Halloween Sensory Bottle (With Creepy Googly Eyes)
- Water bottle (I picked Gatorade because of their large mouths and orange caps)
- Vegetable or Baby oil (you can also use corn syrup)
- Red food coloring
- Yellow food coloring
- Electrical tape
Halloween add-in options:
- Googly eyes
- Orange glitter
- Spider rings
- Eye ball bouncy balls
- Halloween confetti
- Fill up your bottle a little more than halfway with warm water. I went ahead and added the glitter at this time.
- Then add 1 drop of red food coloring and 3 drops yellow food coloring. Put the lid back and shake until your water turns orange.
- Next, add your oil until you reach the neck of the bottle.
- Once the liquids are combined, add your creepy googly eyes and anything else you have on-hand that would make this fun for the little ones. Trace has a love/hate relationship with spiders, so I added a few of those to the bottle.
Sensory Learning Ideas:
Sensory play is a hands on way to expose little ones to the world around them and allow their curious brains to make connections with everyday things. Math: You can ask your little one to count how many spiders they see. Language: Since Trace is starting to form sentences, I asked him to describe what he sees in the bottle. This is also good for receptive language where you ask questions and they respond. Colors: This helps them learn and identify colors.
Hope you try some of these! Happy Halloween!