With fall finally here! I looooove to add fun to our school room. I’m inspired my the colors, smells, and even sounds of fall (yes the sounds of my kiddos enjoying the cooler weather outdoors!). Since living in the South means that our weather only cools so much and actually still allows for beach days (poor me!), I like to bring the fall to us through our decorations, activities, and outings. This week we are bringing the fall home through an easy peasy fall sensory bin made for our five year old but enjoyed by all.
If you’d like to try one, here are the simply materials you’ll need. Most can be found at your local grocery store. Add what you have at home and enjoy the fun!
dried green peas
dried yellow lentils
dried black beans
craft sticks (tree trunks)
red, yellow, and green puffs (to mimic apples)
glue stick (or glue of your choice)
all-spice (optional for scented play)
Thieves essential oil (optional for scented play)
various little containers (use what you have)
small lock lid bin (or your preferred bin)
green construction paper (for tree tops)
scissors (choose one safe for your child’s age and ability or cut yourself)
I used foam board cut outs to divide this small bin with lock lid (about $4) into sections for our different colors. As you’ll see in future ones, letting the kiddos mix colors is just fine and will naturally happen. For this activity, we wanted the different colors for creative play. The tiny bins have puff balls in green, yellow, and red as well as craft sticks. Our little one went straight to work making trees for our apple orchard. Digging in his hands is so much sensory fun.
He even created a secret treasure using the little picnic basket, hid it, and made a treasure map for us to find it! You just never know where their minds will go with creative play. My older girls even joined in for some fun for a little while and helped him along. We added sprinkles of all-spice for a fun scent and a little bit of Thieves essential oil. What fun! The scents had us craving for some apple pie….so you guessed it! Today we are making apple pie!
As always, I love to hear from you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas, questions, and pics! Maybe your idea will get featured next! We love to try them out…so let your creative juices flow and join in on the fun!