November Sensory Bin

november sensory bin filled with fall goodiesI absolutely love the months with holidays in them, so we can base our crafts and activities around a special theme.  November has me kind of stumped.  Hallowe’en is over, and Christmas is still off in the distance, so we don’t have any real celebration to focus on.

I decided to go with another fall themed Sensory Bin for November.  I chose some fall-ish items that we’d used in our September bin, like chestnuts, apples, mini-pumpkins etc., and placed them on a bed of rice and pasta.

A few tongs and trays for sorting and we were good to go.  It’s amazing how switching just a few things up, gives an activity new life.  

Tongs and scoops are the most popular tools in the bin, so I try to have a variety so everyone is happy.  The meat-ball maker (at least I think that’s what it is), is great for picking up chestnuts and other small round objects.  Large plastic tweezers are fun too.

I covered some toilet paper tubes in fall-coloured wall paper samples, for pouring and dropping things through, and provided some ice-cube trays for sorting.

As you can see, some of them get right into the whole sensory thing.  One with his body, and one tasting the rice and pasta.

I love sensory bins.  They’re so easy to pull together with things you have around the house.  If you’ve never made one, go for it!  Your kiddos will love it, and you’ll be amazed by how much fun and entertainment they provide!

What’s going into your sensory bin this month?



  1. says

    Meatball maker…hadn’t thought of that, I have two of those in our playdough tools, and never knew what they were, just snagged them at Goodwill, since they looked interesting.

    • happyhooligans says

      Yes! I got mine at a thrift shop too, and didn’t know what it was. It was one of my daycare children who told me it was a meatball maker!!

  2. says

    i love everything about this! i want to play!!! shared this on crayonfreckles fb for my followers!! well done! i love the covered tp rolls for putting things through!

  3. says

    Hi, just found you at TODAY AT PLAY LINKY PARTY anhd I love your idea so much I facebooked it! I am in Australia where it is Spring but I will remember this. Cheers.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks for sharing our bin on f/b, Lesley! I’m so envious that you’re just entering your summer months!!!

  4. vicky says

    In New Zealand we don’t play with food so seeing the rice and dried pasta was scary and we don’t use toilet rolls for hygiene reasons. The natural materials are great though and the tongs etc great for fine motor skills


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