An Autumn Sensory Bin provides hours of exploratory Fall play!
Yup, I guess it’s time to accept it: summer is on its way out. I’ve started getting really pumped about Fall Activities here in my daycare though! I love all Autumn crafts, and there are so many fall colours and textures for kids to explore at this time of year! Red apples, golden gems, sunflowers, nuts and leaves and and lentils… I could go on and on.
The other day, I rummaged around the house and collected all the Autumn coloured odds and ends that I could find, and then headed to the dollar store for a few more objects. I spent a grand total of $6.00, and just look what I pulled together!
The thing I love about sensory bins, is that most of the things here are just random things I either already had, or stuff I’d picked up at thrift shops and tucked away for daycare activities. At the dollar store today, I only had to pick up, the amber “jewels”, the artificial leaves and pumpkins, the butterflies and the deco balls.
I filled the bottom of the bin with various lentils that I picked up a while back at the Bulk Barn, and I dug the apples out of a box of xmas tree ornaments. I already had the small containers and scoops and candles (the brown candle smells like caramel – they’re going to love that!).
I tossed in some wooden buttons and artificial flowers, and went out to the yard and collected the pine-cones, and snipped the bull-rushes from the pond.
Once the bin was filled, I added some scoops and tongs. I’ll set out some jars for scooping and filling once the Hooligans arrive Monday morning! I can’t WAIT for them to see this!
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.