There’s something magical about Fall! The leaves changing colors, the coolness in the air, and all the fun possibilities! I’ve put together four fall themed sensory bins that will keep even the busiest toddler entertained. Trust me, I speak from experience! Like all my bins, you can pick these items up from the Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, or even your own house.
Apple Pie Sensory Bin (not edible)
The base for this sensory bin is dried oatmeal. I like to use different bases so the littles can feel, smell, and see the different varieties. One of the best parts of Autumn are the amazing smells! That’s what makes this bin even better. I used fake apples and cinnamon sticks so my little one could make “pretend” apple pies. We discussed what to put in the pie first, next, and last to reinforce sequencing (order words). You can use different colored apples and sort by color. The apples could also be used to compare sizes. Count the sticks and see which stick is longer or shorter. A wooden spoon would be a great way to sift and move the items around. The cinnamon sticks could also be used to form shapes in the bin. Three sticks for a triangle, and four sticks for a square. There are so many sensory learning ideas within this bin!
Squash and Pinecone bin
My little one loved playing gardener with this fun filled fall sensory bin. Small plastic rakes are ideal for “raking” the garden that’s filled with pinto beans, fake squash, and pine cones. We count the pinecones and arrange in a line from smallest to largest. Next, I talk about the different shapes of the squash. I talk about the textures of the different items: smooth, bumpy, and rough. If you like the taste of squash, you could end play time with a snack prepared the way you like it!
Falling Leaves Sensory Bin
The bright colors of this last bin will fascinate Toddlers and Preschoolers! Fill the bin with a base of popcorn kernels, fake leaves, and gems from Hobby Lobby to keep your little one entertained. This is great opportunity to talk about Fall and the changing of the leaves. Discuss the seasons and the changes that occur in Autumn. Littles will love dropping the leaves from the sky to scatter around. Use a plastic rake or shovel to sort the items. I describe the colors that are on the leaves and compare it to the gems that are in the bin. Put all the orange items in one pile, put the yellow things in another pile. This will reinforce color identification. Counting the gems or leaves forwards and backwards for the older ones will be keep them busy, too. Like all the other fall themed toddler bins I’ve described, you can provide learning and play time without spending very much.
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My name is Nicole and I am so glad you are here! I have always loved photography and have taken classes. Then I started my teacher journey and fell in love with creating resources for what I needed in the classroom. Now I have combined both of my passions to bring you spectacular resources!