Learn about Fall with this Fall sensory bin

We made this fantastic Fall Sensory Bin when my daughter was three years old. Not only to encourage imaginative play but to learn about what happens during the Fall season. This Sensory bin made with an Ikea cutlery tray offers loads of fun and is very affordable to set up.

Fall Sensory bin

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What is a Sensory Bin?

Sensory Bins are usually large Containers filled with carefully selected materials like Rice, beans, Sand, etc., that engages the child’s senses. These are incredible ways to encourage hands-on learning and exploration with your child! 

In General, You can make bins based on what kids are learning or setup a seasonal or holiday sensory bins. We made a Fall bin. Let me walk you through the process of making a Sensory bin to know the signs of Fall. 

How to make a Fall sensory bin

First and Foremost, Watch this 1 min Video to know how I set up the Fall sensory bin with an Ikea cutlery tray and a few other elements at home.

Super Easy, isn’t it? Most of them are simple elements at home, some are easy Diy’s, and a few are small plastic store-bought toys. The base is a cutlery tray with five compartments from Ikea. Read on to Learn More details about each element.

1. The harvest field

Corn kernels, tractor for fall sensory bin

The Harvest field is made with dry Corn kernels (One we use to make popcorns). A Tractor with a trailer and a Spoon for is perfect for scooping and transferring. This compartment has a lot of opportunities for imaginative play.

2. The Apple tree

Fall is the apple picking season, so this bin also has an Apple tree with movable Apple pieces. The tree is made of Tissue roll and cardboard, while the Apples are Felt. I used Self-adhesive Velcro dots to affix the apples. There are precisely ten apples, and we also did some counting activities.

3. Fall tree and Rake

Fall tree in sensory bin

To show the Fall shades of trees, We made a tree with fall colours, yellow, red and orange. My daughter made the tree with Square patches of paper.  I made a rake with a bamboo stick and felt.

4. Pumpkins & Hedgehogs

Airdry clay pumpkin for fall sensory bin

The Pumpkins, Hedgehogs and baskets of this sensory bin are made of air-dry clay and painted with acrylic paint. The best part is that Air-dry clay is so easy to work with and great for making tiny toys for kids.

5. Scarecrows and Sunflowers in the field

Field with scarecrow Sunflower

All you need to make this scarecrow is a couple of scrapbooking papers and two popsicle sticks. If you need a template to cut the pieces, download it from this Scarecrow craft blog.

6. Owl and Squirrel

Papercup owl and squirrel

Made with Paper cups and Googly Eyes. I have painted the Squirrel with acrylic paint.

This sensory bin has natural elements like Corn kernels, Pinecones, Hay or natural wood excelsior, Acorns, etc. and also store-bought toys like mushrooms, Tractor, and the Bear. Altogether, It made a significant sensory bin or tray for kids to transfer, scooping, Filling, etc.

What can kids learn with this Sensory bin?

Sensory bin ideas for kids

Fall is a peculiar season of the year where there are a lot of changes in the environment. It is great to have a mini world set up to teach the kids about the signs of Fall. I have made a list of things we learned with this sensory bin.

  1. The Temperature drops, and days are shorter.
  2. Leaves change colour and Fall.
  3. Kids play with heaps of fallen leaves.
  4. People use rakes to clean their gardens.
  5. Mushrooms grow during Fall.
  6. Fall is the perfect time to pick Apples.
  7. And It is also Pumpkin Harvest season.
  8. Sunflowers, corn and many other crops ripe and are harvested
  9. Scarecrows are put in the field to chase away birds who eat the mature crops
  10. Animals like bears, hedgehogs eat a lot and prepare for hibernation
  11. Some animals grow extra fur for Winter
  12. Squirrels collect and store nuts for winder
  13.  Owls hoot and are more active during Fall
  14. Birds migrate to warm places

Last but not least, you need to teach the kids is it is NOT Fall/Autumn worldwide.

You can learn more facts about Autumn/Fall in Kiddle before you teach your toddler or preschooler.

Is this Something you would like to set it up for your child? Please pin this for later.

Related Fall activities

  1. Fall Pattern block mats
  2. Red squirrel Craft
  3. Fall leaf alphabet match
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