Happy Fall everyone! To celebrate the first day of fall we decided to do a fun and super simple fall sensory bin for toddlers. You can see a collection of other fall activities here.
I got some “decorative shred,” two types of beans, and the round green bin from the dollar store. Then we had some fun on a nature walk and collected some nature treasures (acorns of various sizes). Toss in some digging items like a scoop and some empty play dough containers and he can scoop and sort to his heart’s content.
Fall Sensory Bin
- Dry beans of different varieties (I got white and pinto)
- Decorative shred or confetti in fall colors (yellow and red) (from the Dollar store works great)
- Nature treasures
- Scoops, cups, empty containers
- Bin or tray
Mix everything together in the bin, with the nature treasures on top and the digging items easily accessible. Add toddler. Sit back and enjoy some quiet time while the toddler digs and sorts and has some quiet sensory playtime of his own.
Nature Stone Soup Toddler Activity
Because I like to share multiple activities, here’s a fun one from our recent Tinkergarten class. Yep, I signed my son up for Tinkgergartken this fall because they opened up a local weekend class and I love being able to play in nature with my son. The class was super fun.
First, we read Fox Tale Soup.
After, we went on a nature walk around the park. We collected nature treasures, which is always a delight. Then we all dumped our nature treasures in a pot and “cooked” them to make nature stone soup! How did we cook them? Well, we added magic cooking powder (aka baking soda) and let the kiddos add vinegar to make it fizz. He had a blast. You can see our photos from the event and swipe through my Instagram post to see the video of the soup.
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We had a great morning playing outside in our #tinkergarten class. The local leader opened up a weekend class this season so we jumped in. Today the kids collected treasures from the park and made stone soup after reading Fox Tale Soup. H got super into it and loved pouring his bucket of rocks and twigs into the pot, then adding water. Our leader brought some great smelling plants and garlic from her garden and the kids enjoyed adding that to the soup. Then they sprinkled magic cooking potion aka baking soda to help it cook and you guessed it, the final ingredient was vinegar. Swipe to see how much fun they had. After, we got to see some donkeys! Then we played on the playground and walked along the spring. And went to lunch in time for the rains to start. How was your Saturday?
What do you think? Are you going to try this sensory bin?
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