5 Halloween STEM Activities to try

Looking for Halloween STEM activities and trick or treat ideas for some ghoulish learning fun through hands-on play? It’s the perfect time to enjoy sticky, slimy, squishy sensory play and child-friendly mad scientist chemistry activities. Try these ideas for super (natural) learning fun. Creep it real!

Super easy Halloween sensory bins

A tub of Learning Resources Jumbo plastic tweezers for kids in bright colours

This is a trick with a twist that’s ideal for Halloween tactile activities. While cooking up a packet of spaghetti, add food colouring to the water. The wackier the colour, the better so opt for shades like green, purple, brown or orange. Once cooked, drain and allow to cool. Add the cooled, cooked pasta to a bag or bowl and let little ones get stuck in.

For older kids, empty a few packets of uncooked lentils into a large bowl. Add plastic spiders and insects, even ghoulish toy eyeballs, and let kids use our Jumbo Tweezers or Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set to pick them up. It’s a fun way to learn sorting while boosting fine motor skills. See how this mum did it.

Make kid-friendly slime

A young girl using a slime making kit is has lifted a toy sieve and is watching slime flow through it

If it’s yukky fun you’re after, Yuckology! Slime Lab lets kids make, store and learn the science of slime. Using everyday household ingredients and child-friendly recipes, kids can make slimes, putties and doughs. It’s a great way for young kids to learn about science and makes for icky sticky Halloween tricks for kids. Here’s a video with some more fun creative slime ideas for kids to try.  

It’s an alien takeover

A boy holds up a lime green plastic small flying saucer

Aliens are invading and they’re leaving a mysterious ‘radioactive’ glow-in-the-dark substance. Let your young UFO spotter get on the case! Spark their curiosity about all things out of this world with GeoSafari® Glow-in-the-Dark Planets & Stars Set and Supa-Suction Space Saucers.

Two young kids hold up handfuls of glow in the dark Playfoam with small monster toys on the top

Playfoam Glow-in-the-Dark is an ideal squishy, squashy, shaping fun that keeps going and glowing long after the lights go out. It’s a great idea for Halloween trick or treat ideas instead of candy, too: For trick or treat party bags, pop in a Playfoam Pals Monster Party. Inside the squishy glowing fun is a cute creepy critter collectable that will bring hours of sculpting fun and sensory creative play.

Spooky DIY science experiments

A young boy wearing a children’s lab coat and goggles holds up a plastic test tube and tweezers and a young girl plays with a toy pipette and beaker

Let budding chemists loose on beakers, droppers and goggles designed for little hands with our Primary Science Lab Set. Fill the beakers with eerie coloured water and have children blow bubbles to learn about volume. Or instead of blowing bubbles, let them learn about ‘fizzics’: half-fill our kid-friendly test tubes with coloured water, pop in an antacid tablet and watch them fizz and bubble. Just like a real mad scientist.

Make a spooky density jar using natural kitchen ingredients to teach kids about density and flow. Check out this site and this one for even more fun Halloween STEM challenges for kids.

Have bone-chilling fun

Picture of a foam puzzle featuring a skeleton

Tickle their funny bones with our humerus Skeleton Foam Floor Puzzle for some hilarious Halloween STEM fun. Make no bones about it, it’s interesting to learn about the body, but there is always room for some cracking good humour. And at 122cm, it’s a fun STEM Halloween décor prop, too. There’s also a magnetic version. Shop it here.

Picture of a foam puzzle featuring a T-Rex skeleton

Not scary enough? How about some prehistoric scaring fun? Learn about dinosaurs with our Jumbo Dinosaur Floor Puzzle T-Rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus puzzles.

What are your favourite spooktacular Halloween STEM activities? Leave a comment and let us know.

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