These Fall sensory bin ideas are a perfect addition to your homeschool classroom, or simply a great way to spend some time with your kids on a cool fall afternoon.
Fall Sensory Bin Ideas
With fall comes a cooler temperature outside, and a great time to head outside with the kids to play. Sometimes, however, the weather can be a bit too chilly or even wet and you can't spend your afternoons in the yard playing. A great way to occupy kids for hours inside when weather isn't cooperating is to build a fun fall sensory bin. Here are some great ideas to include in yours!
- Fallen Leaf
- Bird Seed
- Dry Beans
- Rocks and pebbles of various shapes and sizes
- Straw or Hay
- Corn Kernels
- Mini Pumpkins
- Twigs or small branches
Fall is a great time to take advantage of different colors and textures in nature with these fun fall sensory bin ideas. You can grab a basket, plastic shoebox size container, large bowl or even just spread items on your kitchen table. The goal of sensory bins is to get your kids to recognize and experience new textures. There is no better time to do this than in the fall.
Make this a real educational fall sensory bin with some of these ideas:
- Print color pages for younger kids that match what you place in the bin (leaves, acorns, pumpkins, etc.)
- Practice color recognition as they lift each item out of the bin
- Use this as an activity for older kids to recite spelling words for items in the bin
- Have older students use the items as a word in a sentence to show their understanding of each item
- Add in cotton balls with fall scents and have kids sniff then tell you what they smell. See how many they can get correct (pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, etc.)
There are so many ways you can utilize these fall sensory ideas to occupy your kids on a cold and dreary fall day, or to supplement your fall homeschool curriculum easily. Combine fun sensory and texture activities with basic learning to give your kids the hands on education they want and need.