Fall sensory bin

Keep those sensory skills sharp with this Fall Sensory Bin for toddlers and preschoolers and enjoy some fall-themed fun! Sensory bins are an inexpensive activity little ones love to spend hours playing with and with good reason! These sensory bins are a fun and hands-on activity that do wonders for children's development. They help toddlers and preschoolers improve their fine motor skills and promote their natural curiosity. 

fall sensory bin

As you probably know by now, we have a passion for sensory activities here at the 'Messy Little Monster' home. And this fall sensory bin fits the bill! 

We'll show you to set up this fall bin in a flash and how you can play with your child to make the most of this sensory play activity, so, keep on reading!

Have a look at some of our favourite Sensory Bin Ideas and some more fun Fall Activities!

Other sensory bin printables available:

fall sensory bin for toddlers

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How to Make a Fall Sensory Bin

Fall Sensory Bin - Supplies:

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Fall Sensory Bin - Instructions:

STEP 1: Set up the fall sensory bin:

To make your fall themed sensory bin, you first need to find a tray or container with high sides. Then, fill it with oats.

Next, it's time to add the fall-themed items! For example, collect fir cones, acorns or leaves and anything you like in autumn colours like red, orange, and yellow hues. We added our small wooden peg people and pots that I had painted in red, orange and yellow. These are great for colour matching, small world play and also for using as little pots to fill. 

Fall sensory bin ideas

Then grab this fall sensory printableCut out each shape, and don't forget to laminate before using it! 

STEP 2: Add some scoops!

Include a selection of fine motor tools and scoops. We used our small wooden scoops. These are great as they are small enough for little hands, strong enough, and they fit the fall theme nicely. We also included tweezers and small items that could be used as scoops of for filling with oats. 


easy fall sensory bin

STEP 3: Hide the fall themed printables.

Take the fall images from the printable and lay them on top of your sensory bin or hide them under the oats. 

EXTRA IDEA - You can also use these printable images to go on a hunt outdoors to try and find them! It's an amazing and fun play idea to make the kids enjoy some time outside and get their bodies moving!

Autumn sensory bin

Fall themed sensory bin

STEP 4: Play-time!

Help your little one hunt for the fall-themed images in the sensory bin and match them to corresponding pictures on the fall printable. 

Fall printables

Alternatively you can use the follow up worksheet and colour the pictures you find. 

Fall sensory bin activity

Encourage your toddlers and preschoolers to pick up the autumn themed items with their fingers or using tweezers.

Fall fine motor activity

Keep up the fun! Scoop, tip, pour and fill the pots with oats. Your little one can explore and experience the oats' texture using his fingers, making for a fabulous sensory experience.

Extra Ideas:

You could also use this oat sensory bin with our leaf alphabet printables and have a go at tracing letters in the oats!

Fall sensory bin for learning letters

Another great idea is to play 'I spy'. While looking inside the sensory bin, encourage your child to hunt for a selected item or an item that is a given colour. You could also try removing one item and see if they can work out what is missing. 

This fall sensory bin is great for early math skills too. You can pour oats and introduce words such as full, empty, more, less. You can count the number of objects in the bin and ask questions such as how many fir cones are there.

The sky is the limit when it comes to sensory bin playtime! We hope you enjoy making this fall sensory bin and your little one loves playing with it. Enjoy!

Now you just need to grab your fall sensory bin printables and get started! 

Fall sensory bin ideas. Autumn sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers.

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