Pumpkin Patch Letter Hunt: Halloween and Fall Sensory Bag

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INSIDE: Pumpkin Patch Letter Hunt Sensory Bag is a fun and easy fine motor letter recognition for toddlers and preschoolers for Fall. Let your little one create a mini pumpkin patch in bag to hunt for pumpkin and practice their letter recognition and letter sounds!

Hands-On Learning

Talk about hands-on, sensory bags are great way to foster learning. They are easy to create and focus on multiple skills. This pumpkin patch letter recognition sensory bag is wonderful for any fall or Halloween themed preschooler or toddler unit.

Pumpkin Patch Letter Hunt: Halloween and Fall Sensory Bag

How to Set Up Pumpkin Patch Letter Hunt Sensory Bag

On a piece of printer paper, draw 8-10 mini pumpkins using an orange dot marker, a brown markers and black pen. Write the letters you want your little one to practice inside the pumpkins. Write all the letters in either all uppercase or all lower case or a mix.

Grab your gallon sized ziplock bag. You can remove the label using an alcohol wipe.

Pumpkin Patch Letter Hunt: Halloween and Fall Sensory Bag

Fill the bag with a couple of squirts of shaving cream. Add about a 1/3 cup of water and a drop of two of green food colouring. Seal the bag and remove all the air.

Mix the shaving cream and water together in the bag until the entire bag is filled with green foam. This will be your pumpkin patch. Ensure all the air is removed and use packing tape to secure the top of the bag.

Grab the sheet of paper with the letters that your little one has to find and slide it under the sensory bag. Tape the sensory bag on top of the paper to a table or floor using painter’s tape so that it is easier for your preschooler to complete the task.

Final Step of the Set Up

Grab another sheet of paper and write out the letters that you used on the pumpkins. Your little one will use this check list to mark off the letters that they find in the pumpkin patch sensory bag. If you wrote all uppercase, use all lowercase on the check list (or visa versa). Once they find a pumpkin with a letter have them find it on sheet then check it off the list.

How to Play with Pumpkin Patch Letter Sensory Bag

First, I had my preschoolers identify the letters and the sounds it made on the check list sheet and then had them tried to find the letters in the sensory bag. Once they found a letter they then used a marker to check it off the list.

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Age Suitability for Pumpkin Patch Letter Hunt 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 MEDIUM.

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
  • Shaving cream
  • Water
  • green food colouring
  • Printer paper
  • Orange dot markers
  • Brown marker
  • Black pen
  • Painter’s tape
  • Clear packing tape

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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