fall sensory bin

The calendar says that it is fall, even though our weather is uncharacteristically warm and sunny.  I'm loving it!

Our leaves are beginning to change colour   -  we even found some lovely dry yellow leaves on the ground to throw up in the air and let rain down on our heads.

It was time for a fall sensory bin.

*This is the third year that I my kindergarten kids have played in this sensory bin.
Sensory bins evolve and change over repeated use.
And that is one of the the wonderful things about sensory bins:  
there are so many "right" ways to create a bin. 

sensory bin ingredients
wood stove pellets  and popcorn kernels for the the base
wooden and glass bowls from the thrift shop
dollar store bullrushes, scarecrows, wooden squirrels, leaves and fall fruit
ceramic pumpkins and corn taken off a garland
Christmas ornament red apples
hazelnuts and horse chestnuts 
small sticks
a couple of mulberry scented candles
3 different spoons 
amber coloured gems and jewels
fall leaf and turkey table scatter
and other other bits and pieces that I have forgotten
(I would love some acorns to put in too)

The kids love scooping and pouring, collecting things in the bowls,

sorting the leaves, more scooping and pouring, burying nuts, filling a bowl with popcorn
kernels, letting the pellets run through their fingers...

I love how the kidlets can bring their learning needs to the sensory box, and can interact with the materials where ever they are.  

Differentiation in a box. 

 I think I have almost as much fun with the bins as the kidlets do (but please don't tell them!)



  1. I love this fall blog hop! There are so many great ideas here!

  2. Sandi, I've never done a sensory bin. How often do you change them?
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

    PS Our perfect little grandson was born this afternoon :)

    1. Congratulations! Grandbabies are wonderful. Lucky little grandbaby. Are you Nana, Grandma, Granny or ????
      I change up my sensory bins every 2 - 4 weeks. The fall one will be around until I change it to Halloween. Once you get going with them, they are kind of addictive. It's the elusive search for the "perfect" thing to add to the bin. Our school district has a set of about 20 bins that we got together to make one day. They rotate from class to class every month. It saves time making the bins and $$. Talk to Laura and see if she can find some money and or time to get it going.


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    1. My kids love it. When we have big kid helpers in the classroom, they can't resist playing with it too!


  4. What a fun and colorful bin! We have a couple of those small scarecrows, and I've been debating what to do with them. I love the idea of adding them to a sensory bin. Thanks for sharing this post at the Discover & Explore linky.

  5. Great Sensory Bin! I am highlighting this post for this weeks Share it Saturday on my blog! Thanks for linking up (Chestnut Grove Academy)

  6. Thx so much for linking this Fall sensory bin up at the Thoughtful Spot!


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