Fall is such a wonderful time of year, and a good autumn sensory bin is always welcomed by my preschoolers. Today I’ve gathered twenty of my favorite sensory bins that will make a valuable addition to any autumn preschool theme.
Sensory play is so important for young, learning minds. Though sensory play children are allowed to safely explore new materials and reinforce concepts through their five senses. As a child plays in a sensory bin, their sense of touch is awakened, as is the sense of sound, sight and even scent. (Some sensory bins are even taste safe or edible, too)!
Autumn sensory bins can serve as a means to not only meet the sensory needs of preschoolers, but also they can be a place for preschoolers to explore math, reading and science. That is why I have taken the time to gather up twenty of the best sensory bins all in one post!
FAQs about Fall Sensory Bins
Fall sensory bins often include natural items found in the fall such as leaves, nuts and seeds, pumpkins, apples and fall spices such as cinnamon. In addition to the usual items (scoops, grabbers and containers) found in sensory bins you can also include little scarecrows, jack-o-lanterns, gourds and small animal toys.
Sensory bin provide preschoolers with a lot of sensory input through the five senses- sight, touch, smell, hearing and sometimes tasting. Although we usually discourage preschoolers from tasting the sensory materials.
Sensory bins are also a great way for preschoolers to practice fine motor skills such as grabbing, scooping and pouring. Additionally sensory bin are awesome learning activities for preschoolers to playfully learn literacy and math skills as well as language development in a hands-on way.
Sensory bins are generally for kids ages 3 and up. It is really important for young children to be past the stage where they put things in their mouths as sensory bins often contain items that could be choking hazards. But you could put together simple sensory bins for toddlers, making sure they do not contain small items that pose a hazard.
Enjoy these autumn sensory bins!
These 20 Fall themed sensory bins are perfect for the season’s lesson plans. They will provide your toddlers and preschoolers with lots of sensory input and fun, hands-on learning opportunities.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.