Incorporating food activities into a child's sensory diet can be a great way to acknowledge and participate in Halloween related activities, while offering a tasty reward at the end of a stimulating activity.

Tactile and olfactory input are both incorporated nicely into food preparation projects.

Taste input is perceived by our tongue as to how we interpret or experience a food which is strongly influenced by our sense of smell.

Cooking with your sensory seeking child will help aid and broaden tastes he or she tolerates or likes and can often make them more inclined to try new things or at the very least sample the masterpiece that they just made.

Making popcorn balls gives a child a chance to work on their gross motor skills as they gently shape them into balls along with touching the hard texture of popcorn mixed with a sticky and gooey mixture.

Cooking can also lead to steps towards independence, as the child feels more confident in their own skill set and personal comfort level.

Making the child feel in control of the building and construction of the popcorn ball can instill a sense of tremendous accomplishment.

Don’t forget to praise and cheer on their success no matter what shape their popcorn balls take on.

Here is a great and simple recipe for Halloween popcorn balls that are a fantastic and fun holiday treat to make:

10 cups of popped popcorn

1 teaspoon of almond extract

1/2 cup of honey

1 cup of marshmallows

pinch of pink Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

(mixes of candy optional) This can be from m&m's, nuts, chocolate chips or candy corn.

(natural food dies either yellow or orange optional)

Place honey and marshmallows in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.

When melted turn off heat and stir in salt, almond extract, cinnamon and any additional candies or nuts you'd like to incorporate.

Carefully pour hot mixture over popcorn mixture and mix to thoroughly coat.

Coat hands in nonstick spray or ghee and carefully form popcorn into two-inch balls before the mixture cools.

Place the popcorn balls onto parchment or wax paper to fully cool. Popcorn balls will store at room temperature, covered, for up to one week.

Have lots of fun and make the cooking project your own.

Make treats to share with classmates, friends and trick-or-treaters for that overall sense of accomplishment and pride!

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