Does it get any cooler than a no-mess all ages Halloween bin?  We don't think so.  Though we love messy play, it's nice to have something easy to clean up.  This bin would be great for babies or toddlers, and is still super fun for preschoolers.  We've had fun with pumpkins and spiders so far, so we thought we'd mix it up a bit and play with some pretend snakes.  :)

As with any yarn, string, rope, or ribbon - always provide constant adult supervision as there is a risk of injury or strangulation.

X literally leapt into the bin as soon as I set it out and settled right in.

He loved the smooth scaly feel of the "snakes" on his feet and toes.

And he loved inspecting each snake closely.

S got another chance to practice her scissor skills by trimming some of the snakes.

She also had a blast decorating her brother.  (He LOVED being decorated!)

We loved exploring the properties of our "snakes".  They can streeeeeeetch.

And they can also squish down!

They make a fabulous hairdo.

And they are SO MUCH FUN to throw in the air.

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We've had them out all week and the kiddos have been loving them.  This bin could not be easier to put together or clean up - all you need is some Flex Mesh Tube Ribbon.  I found ours at Michaels for $3 a bag (two bags are pictured) - most fabric stores carry this type of ribbon in their ribbon section, or you can buy it online at Amazon.

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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children.  As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family.  I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision.  Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies).  Observe caution and safety at all times.  The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.


  1. Cool, never seen this stuff before! Thanks for sharing a fun activity that's DIFFERENT.

  2. I was just at Michaels yesterday and saw these. I thought they would be cool to play with, but didn't buy any as I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them! Too bad I didn't see this activity before then.

    Great pictures as always :)

    1. Hahahaha! Michaels has soooo much great stuff right now, yeah? I love all your activities with the apples and ghosts! Thank you!!!!

  3. Oh, how fun! I love the pictures too. They look like they are really enjoying themselves!

    I'd love for you to come share this at our Pinning for Play link party!

    1. Thank you, Lauren! I will try to remember to come link up! :) :) :)

  4. I've always seen that stuff and wondered what people did with it. I like the idea of just decorating kids with it- what's not to love?

  5. Oh wow, what a fantastic material! Love the hairstyle! I'll have to see if I can source some of this in Australia. R would love it.

    1. Thank you, Ness! She does wear the snake hair well. :)

  6. I need an activity that is fun and not too messy. I hope I can find some of this at Hobby Lobby. Thanks for the great ideas! You rock!

    1. Ooh, I hope so too, Deanna! If not, maybe a local fabric store by the yard? My kids still love playing with them a year later!! And thank you so much! :) :) :)


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