Ghost Sensory Bin: Scoop & Pour Activity

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INSIDE: Ghost sensory bin is a fun and easy scoop and pour activity for toddlers and preschoolers. This is great fine motor activity for Halloween! Let your toddler scoop and pour and make a ghost!

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How To Set Up Ghost Sensory Bin

This was such as a fun and simple idea. To start to re-used a rice and bean mixture I had used for a beach sensory bin earlier in the year. I had stored it in a resealable ziplock container so it was ready to go when I wanted to set this activity up.

You can easily do this activity with just plain white rice or just navy beans. I mixed the two to add to the interest but if this activity is just as fun with one filler.

Prepare Your Ghost

Grab your clear plastic containers. There are two ways to create your ghosts. You can either cut out eyes and a mouth from black construction paper and glue them using washable glue to the outside of the containers. The other way you can create your ghosts is by drawing the face using black chalk markers. This is what I did with the Jack-o-Lantern Sensory Bin.

Fill your sensory bin with the rice and bean mixture, add spoons and scoopers and your empty ghost containers.

Time To Fill A Ghost

Invite your toddler over to fill the ghost with the rice and beans using the tools. if you have lids for the containers, include them as well. Have your toddler or preschooler fill the containers and place the lids on.

When my toddler did a similar activity using jack-o-lanterns last year, they never filled the containers to the top before wanted to dump them. Now a full year later, they loved to fill the container to the top and then close it! Savouring the feeling of accomplishment before dumping them out again!


For preschoolers, draw a line around the top of the container just before the top and ask your preschooler to fill to the line.

Skills Learned

  • Problem solving
  • Fine motor
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Imaginative Play
  • Creativity


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