Easy Ghost Sensory Bag for Kids

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INSIDE: Ghost Sensory Bag is a fun and easy fine motor sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers for Halloween. Let your little one make a ghost in bag with cotton balls!

Fine Motor Activities

You can’t get more hands-on than a sensory activity and sensory bags are not different. The one great things about sensory bags is that they are mess free! I will say it louder for the people in the back! Once you put together the sensory bag, the mess stops there. If you concerned that your little one may tear the bag with their nail, try putting gloves on their hands! Sensory bags are a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills for toddlers and preschoolers. Moving the cotton balls in the bag with their fingers is both challenging and engaging. Making it a fun way to develop those skills!

How to Set Up Ghost Sensory Bag

This sensory bags is super easy to set up. Grab your gallon sized ziplock bag. You can remove the label using an alcohol wipe. On the front of the bag draw the outline of a ghost using a black sharpie or permanent marker.

Fill the bag with enough cotton balls to fill the entire ghost. Add enough water so that the cotton balls soak it up and so that there is enough water to allow them to move around fairly easily. You may have to play around with the amount of water. Add a little bit at a time, remove the air in the bag and seal itand test it before taping shut.

Once you have the right amount of water and cotton balls, remove all the air from the bag (or as much as you can), seal it and then use packing tape to secure the top.

How to Play with Ghost Sensory Bag

Invite your child to use their fingers to move the cotton balls into the ghost in order to decorate it white. I like to become the voice of characters for my kids while they play. It helps keep them engaged and promote language development. Ask them questions like, what do you think ghost starts with? Why do you thins ghosts are white? I try to stick with open ended questions that tend to promote more expansive answers!

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Age Suitability for Ghost Sensory Bag

This activity is good forpre-k, kindergarten aged children 3 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is LOW.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.


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  • Gallon sized ziplock bag
  • Alcohol wipe to remove the label
  • Water
  • Cotton Balls
  • Black Sharpie

Books, TV Show & Play Kits!

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Engage your child in hours of play with my colorful collection of over 60 sensory bin activities, recipes and play projects that aid with memory formation, language development, problem-solving skills and more. Perfect for toddlers from eighteen months to three years old and beyond, each bin makes use of materials you already have at home and helps reignite your kids’ interest in toys long forgotten.

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

With setup instructions, details on how to guide your child through each activity, suggestions for what to talk about with your child as they play and other useful tips, Mandisa gives you all the information you need for creative sensory activities your kids are bound to love.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

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Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

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Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

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TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 

The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

Shop our ready made play kits here.

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