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Healthy Halloween Trick or Treat Bags; Addressing Sensory Motor and Visual Skills at Home

With Halloween approaching I have put a lot of thought into the type of snacks I want my children to have and also what type of snacks I want to provide for their friends in treat bags. With my 3 year old now attending Nursery School two days a week for 2 hours, he has an upcoming Halloween Party. I searched our local Wegmans supermarket for items that fit both the holiday theme, and my desire to stay away from typical candy. We came up with these fun treat bags and activity.
Not only is this a great activity for Halloween, but it also addresses many skills preschoolers (and other age children) may be working on. If your child is receiving therapy you can ask the therapist which skills could use some reinforcing at home, I have noted skills my son’s class is working on and want to address them in our daily activities too. Skills include, but are not limited to: fine motor, visual motor, sensory, visual perceptual skills, sorting and counting, cutting with scissors, attending to task, altruism, functional grasp, proprioceptive input and also is a fun way to spend time together as a family.

 

Our Supply List:
Halloween Cardstock Weight Paper
Orange Cardstock Weight Paper
1.5″ Scalloped Punch
Single Hole Punch
Halloween Stickers
Clear Treat Bags (24/$1 at our local Dollar Store)
Sparkly Yarn (for tying bag tops)
Colored Crinkled Paper
Safety Scissors
Bag Fillers:
Organic Individual Rasin Boxes
Halloween Stickers
YumEarth Organic Lollipops
Orgaic Kidz Clif Bars
Bag of Halloween Toys
My boys were excited to get started. I started this activity by having my 3 year make scalloped punches with the 1 1/2 inch punch. Because you need a good amount of force to punch through cardstock, we sat together and I had my 3-year old kneel and push down with 2 hands (almost like someone doing CPR). Based on your little one’s abilities you may need to do this part (and some of the others), or help out to varying degrees.

     After punching the desired amount (two for each treat bag), we practiced sorting and counting the circles. We also identified those circles that were not completely round and mis-punched. Many circles were left over and we have been using them for other October crafts including making cards for friends and family.
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     After we finished sorting and counting our circles, we used a single hole punch. The punch uses one hand and is great for grip strength. It can be challenging to punch through this thick paper! One hole was punched into each circle. This will allow them to be threaded onto the yarn in the last step.
     Pieces of this sparkly yarn we already had at home were measured and cut for each bag using our child safe scissors. I wrote “Happy Halloween” on our plain tags, but if your child is able to this could easily be completed by the child too. Next, we took our sticker sheets and identified paths to cut inbetween the characters. This worked on our scissor, attention and fine motor skills as my son cut out the fun characters.
     After all of our supplies were prepped, it was time to stuff the bags. I had my 3 year old place the items into the clear bags which supported each other in a 9 x 13 baking pan. This addressed sequencing, visual perceptual skills in addition to many other areas. We made it a bit harder by identifying a designated order to remember and follow. Each bag was filled one at a time to achieve this and went: Crinkle confetti, Halloween favors, clif bar, rasin box, stickers and was repeated until all of the bags were filled.
     After each bag was filled, the yarn is threaded and tied to the clear bag and two of the circles we made in the beginning threaded onto the yarn, and then tied again. Using less knotting makes the bags easier for opening, more knots makes them more difficult.
     While I was finishing tying the bags, I had my 3 year old practice writing the letters “H” and “h” and then Halloween to reinforce the activity, work on pencil skills and give him something to attend to while I put finishing touches on the bags.
     As always thank you for stopping by! It’s easy to turn any activity into one that addresses many of the skills and components that our little ones are working on. Making sure to supervise and participate in the task as a parent also allows for good quality time and to monitor skill development and assist with reaching goals.

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