Feeling ready for fall? We’re reaching the most perfect time of the year and I’m taking advantage of the changing seasons to add some new and exciting things to our sensory bins. As moms, it’s a never ending battle to come up with new and exciting activities for our little ones. When it comes to toddler and preschooler boredom, you can use these fall sensory bin ideas to shake up your daily routine and keep your little ones learning and engaged.
I want to share some of the sensory bins I’ve been setting up for my daughters recently. Here in North Carolina, fall is hurricane season and even when hurricanes aren’t coming through we get a lot of rain and bad weather. As a work from home momma, I have to go into creative mode this time of year to keep my little ones entertained.
Sensory bins based on the season are a perfect way to do this!
I want to share some of the sensory bins I’ve been setting up for my daughters recently. You can also find a list of items that would be great additions to any fall sensory bin in this post as well.
The first thing I did when the end of August rolled around was head to our Dollar Tree for some fall goodies. I also grabbed a few things from around the house to add to the bins. You can use large tweezers, measuring spoons, fall themed cookie cutters, and small cups and bowls in your bins as well.
Lately, I’ve been using things like popcorn kernels, elbow pasta noodles, oats, and different color easter basket filler. I use like to use cake pans and shoe box sized plastic totes when putting fall sensory bins together for my toddlers. There’s no need to buy a special bin for your sensory bin activities unless you just really would like one.
Honestly, you may not even need to buy anything special. If you have fall decorations at home, you can pull parts from the decor you already have paired with household fillers like dry noodles and oats. & you’re good to go!
With each fall sensory bin, you can center it around a certain skill or activity. For example, one bin can be all about scooping and pouring. Another bin could be centered around sorting items by color, shape, or size. Another good theme idea is to have your little play hide and go seek in the box.
They can use over sized tweezers, chopsticks, etc. to find hidden objects within the sensory bin. You can make this a little more difficult by asking them “can you find all of the red balls in the bin?” or “Can you find the letter R in the bin for me please?” This is a good way to tailor the sensory bins to your child as the age into preschoolers and kindergarteners.
If you’re new to sensory bins, you’ll soon fall in love with them. They calm children, help them to focus and teach valuable skills. My oldest daughter has so much energy and there are days where I’m so desperate to help her calm down and stay focused on one things for any amount of time.
Although my youngest daughter loves sensory bins and they keep her occupied for hours, they help me with my oldest daughter much more. They’re something that offers new textures, new objects, and new subject matter. Seeing a super hyper and energized preschooler calm down for WHOLE HOURS to play and learn in a sensory bin is amazing.
I can’t recommend them enough for someone who’s parenting a child who’s energy goes beyond that of a normal toddler or preschooler. I’m not a professional in child develop or anything of the like. But as a mom, I feel obligated to pass the message of the sensory bin on to you.
Fall Sensory Bin Fillers, Objects, & Extras
These fillers and extras are things that we like to use in our sensory bins, not only in the fall, but anytime. It’s nice to have a variety and change them up ever so often to keep your little ones engaged and excited to see new things in each new sensory bin that you put together.
You can find countless items at home in your kitchen and bathroom to put in your fall sensory bins, but it’s also fun to buy some new items as well. These are my favorite and kid favorite fillers, items, and extras for our sensory bins.
-dry pasta noodles
-colored rice (put rice in a bag with food coloring and a splash of vinegar)
-colored cooked spaghetti noodles
-faux falls leaves
-leaves from outside
-sticks and acorns from outside
-faux acorns & pine cones
-real small pumpkins
-small decor pumpkins
-small cups and bowls
-play doh toys
-small gourds and squash
-fall colored toys
-small decor apples
-fall colored easter eggs
-tweezers like these, I found ours at the Dollar Tree
-sensory bin tool kit like this or like these
-spoons and forks
-small cups and bowls like these
Sensory bins are a great way to shake things up when it comes to toddler boredom. Are you ready to take advantage of the changing seasons to create some season specific sensory bins for your little ones? Hit up your local Dollar Tree, Target, or Walmart to buy some cheap and toddler friendly fall themed items. Then, the possibilities are endless. You can add so many fun and creative educational twists to each fall sensory bin you put together.
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