It’s time for some a Fall sensory bin! I don’t know who has more fun with these: me, putting them together or the Hooligans, playing with them.
I assembled this one yesterday and surprised the Hooligans with it this morning. If you’ve never made a sensory bin for your child before, I want to tell you how simple it really is to put one together.
Everything in this bin, I already had in the house, and it’s all been used for assorted bins and seasonal play before. That’s the beauty of it. You can re-use these treasures over and over again, every time using a different combination of materials so you’ll never have the same activity twice. You don’t have to spend big money; go through your cupboards, your craft supplies, holiday ornaments, the kitchen drawers, your fabric stash, the toy box… You’ll likely find lots of stuff once you start looking.
The artificial flowers and wooden gourds were thrift shop finds from a long time ago. Some items, like the pumpkins and the gemstones, I purchased a few years back, at the dollar store.
The pasta and rice have been used for sensory play many times. I just bag it up and store it in between uses.
Until recently, the apples decorated my Christmas tree every year for the past 2 decades. Butterflies – dollar store.
The pinecones and seed pods, I collected in the yard this morning.
The pods were fun to take apart and remove the seeds from.
Raid your cupboards and think outside the box when you’re looking for items to add to your bin. I filled this little wooden bowl with large vintage buttons.
Scoops, wooden bowls, jars and muffin tins are perfect for pouring and sorting and organizing. Ice cube trays work too. Tongs are always fun and they’re great for fine motor development and preparing little ones for using scissors. Our favourite scoops are the little meatball-makers. We have two sets, both thrift shop finds.
I set the Fall Sensory Bin out in the yard on my SIX DOLLAR (!!!) thrift shop coffee-table. It’s one of my best 2nd hand finds ever! It’s the perfect size for spreading an activity on, there’s plenty of room for everyone to gather around and it’s super-light so I can easily move it around the yard. The plastic/faux wood surface doesn’t get damaged when we play with water, and paint and messy-play ingredients wipe right off. If you’re using your bin inside and don’t like the idea of a rice and pasta mess, simply put a vinyl table-cloth on the floor and let your little ones sit and play on that. Voila! Clean up’s a breeze.
So much exploration and discovery in one little bin! What do you say? Will you make one? If you need a little more inspiration, click here and here to see our Fall Sensory Bins from last year.
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