Fun Pumpkin Sensory Play DIY

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There have been so many fun Halloween inspired ideas I have been seeing this month of October! 


So many creative and innovative play ideas, spooky sensory bins and fun indoor/outdoor activities…


So much inspiration, I decided to create something epic for my girls!


A pumpkin sensory bag! But, not just a sensory bag by itself. I wanted it to be contained in some way. 


I used a cardboard cutout to create 2 squares of the same size, and I’ll tell you more about it below. 


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And you’re good to go!


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How to put together:  Pumpkin Sensory DIY Part 1


Now, you don’t have to make a pumpkin like we did.


You can also try a spooky ghost or something as simple as a witches hat! 


What other fun ideas can you think of making with your cardboard cutouts? 


Here are the steps on how I put together our sensory play idea:


  • I cut 2 same sized cardboard cutouts using a craft knife (adult use only)pumpkin games for kids

  • Turn one of the cardboard cutouts upside down and draw out your creation! (I drew out a pumpkin to the best of my ability.)children activities for kids

  • Tip: the great thing about drawing it on the other side is you can get messy a bit with your drawing. So, if you make one side of your pumpkin a little high compared to the other one, its okay! It won’t be seen. 

  • Once your drawing is complete, use your craft knife to cut around the correct lines (if you got messy) of the pumpkin or whatever creation you made.

  • If you are using cardboard it wont go all the way through but it will make an indentation on the other side which is great! 

  • Turn it over to where the indentation is on the other side, and complete the cut out using your craft knife. 

  • Voila! 

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How to put together:  Pumpkin Sensory DIY Part 2


Now it is time to measure your sensory bag and use a sharpie marker to create a set of eyes, nose and mouth for your pumpkin! 


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Then, insert your water beads. We used clear so we can learn about color mixing with red and yellow.


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But, feel free to use orange water beads or if you are using clear water beads, use an orange dye. 


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Close your bag tightly making sure no air is within the bag. 


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Place your zip lock bag on the cardboard cutout that has not been cut. Use tape to secure the bag to the cardboard cutout. 


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Then, add your cardboard cutout with the pumpkin opening right on top.


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Use a hot glue gun around the inner edges of the cardboard cutouts to seal the deal. 


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You’ve made an epic DIY pumpkin sensory play recycled toy! 

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Will you give this Fun Pumpkin Sensory Play DIY a try this October?


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