Fall is HERE and I have a great sensory bin idea for you! This simple sensory bin is fun for kids and encourages learning through the senses and using dramatic play.
Materials for Fall Sensory Bin:
- plastic bin
- popcorn kernels (or another sensory base like dried corn, pom poms, rice, or dried beans)
- mini hay bales (Hobby Lobby)
- leaves (Hobby Lobby)
- mini pumpkins (Hobby Lobby)
- mini squirrels (Hobby Lobby)
- scarecrow figurines (Hobby Lobby)
I love Hobby Lobby for sensory bin supplies. I always make sure to buy them on sale, too! These wooden leaves are adorable and would be great to use as a counting or sorting activity.
To put the sensory bin together, simply start by pouring the popcorn kernels into a plastic bin.
Then add in your fall-themed pieces. You could add nature elements, like acorns, leaves, and pinecones. You can be creative with this one and involve your kids as well!
I love these mini hay bales!
And I couldn’t resist adding some scarecrows to this bin!
Once the sensory bin is put together, invite your kids to play with it! Here are some ways to play with the bin:
- scoop the popcorn kernels into cups
- use their imagination for pretend play
- bury an item from the bin and have the child look for it
- count and sort the colored leaves
- scoop up the kernels and pour them into a funnel. This one is fun for the sense of hearing because it sounds really cool!
- add in toy tractors
You can leave this out for kids to play with or pour everything into a plastic bag to play with another time.
Hope you’ll try this sensory bin out!