Sensory: Pumpkin Soup

pumpkinsoupOur large totes get a lot of use for a variety of sensory activities. One of our students favorites at Halloween time is “Pumpkin Soup”. Here’s how we do it!


  1. Large tote
  2. Water
  3. Orange food coloring
  4. Medium Pumpkin (opened)
  5. Small bowls or shakers of salt and pepper
  6. Large Spoons & Ladles
  7. Cups and Bowls
  8. Towel for (likely) spill clean up

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  1. Fill the tote with water
  2. Add desired amount of food coloring and stir
  3. Place pumpkin in the tote
  4. Add spoons, ladles, cups, and bowls
  5. Place salt and pepper next to tote
  6. Time to play!halloweenphotoshoot-45

Even though sensory play can be beneficial all by itself, we recommend teacher participation through dialogue and questioning. Ask them what they are doing, how they think it will taste, what it needs in order to be the perfect soup. Talk about other soups they have made or eaten to make connections. Talk about the texture of the pumpkin insides as they take them out of the pumpkin. But most of all, have fun!


Author: Tawni

Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.

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