Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag

The fall season is here, and what’s more symbolic of this time than pumpkins? But instead of carving or baking, we’re diving into a sensory experience that both you and your little ones will absolutely adore. Introducing the Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag—a tactile treat perfect for tiny hands!

WILL YOU MAKE THIS POM POM PUMPKIN SENSORY BAG FOR YOUR CHILD? PIN IT FOR LATER!

Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag

Materials

  • Gallon-sized ziplock bag
  • Orange and green pom poms
  • Water
  • Black sharpie
  • Packing tape

Setting up Your Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag:

  1. Sketching the Pumpkin: With your black sharpie, start by drawing a cute pumpkin face on the front side of your gallon-sized ziplock bag. Dont forget the stem. Those triangle eyes and toothy grins always capture the essence of Halloween!
Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag
  1. Pom Pom Time: Open the ziplock bag and add lots orange and a few green pom poms. The orange ones represent the pumpkin’s pulpy inside, while the green ones can be the stem or vine.
Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag
  1. Add Water: Pour in enough water to fill about half of the bag. This allows the pom poms to float around freely when the kiddos play with it.
  2. Seal and Secure: Zip up the bag ensuring no air bubbles remain. For an extra layer of security against enthusiastic squishing, seal the edges of the bag with packing tape.

Tips for Success

  • Always supervise younger children during play. We want to make sure they’re engaging safely.
  • If you’re worried about potential messes, double bag it! Slip your filled ziplock bag into another one and seal it up.
  • Feeling extra? Add a touch of glitter or confetti to the mix for a sparkly sensory surprise!
Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag

Skills Learned

This isn’t just fun, but also a hidden educational gem:

  1. Fine Motor Skills: The act of squishing and pressing the bag enhances hand strength and coordination.
  2. Tactile Exploration: The mixture of soft pom poms and liquid offers a unique texture for hands to explore.
  3. Color Recognition: Differentiate between the orange and green pom poms, and discuss the typical colors of pumpkins and their vines.
  4. Cause and Effect: Kids observe how their actions—pressing or moving the bag in certain ways—affect the contents inside.

Wrap up this sensory adventure by asking your kiddos to describe what they feel and see. It’s a delightful activity that marries the festivity of fall with the curiosity of sensory play. So, set up your Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag, and let the squishy fun begin!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 3 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 

Low.

Skills Developed

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

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

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

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.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

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.

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 tha. t 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.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

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.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Pom Pom Pumpkin Sensory Bag

Materials

  • Gallon-sized ziplock bag
  • Orange and green pom poms
  • Water
  • Black sharpie
  • Packing tape

Instructions

  • With your black sharpie, start by drawing a cute pumpkin face on the front side of your gallon-sized ziplock bag. Include the stem of the pumpkin.
  • Open the ziplock bag and add lots orange and a few green pom poms. The orange ones represent the pumpkin's pulpy inside, while the green ones can be the stem or vine.
  • Pour in enough water to fill about half of the bag. This allows the pom poms to float around freely when the kiddos play with it.
  • Zip up the bag ensuring no air bubbles remain. For an extra layer of security against enthusiastic squishing, seal the edges of the bag with packing tape. You can also tape the sensory bag down to surface using painter's tape.

WILL YOU MAKE THIS POM POM PUMPKIN SENSORY BAG FOR YOUR CHILD? PIN IT FOR LATER!

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