Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Fall Crafts and Activities, Sensory Bins | 0 comments

Sensory bins are a great way for a child to explore and experiment with different textures, sizes, shapes, colours, and measurements, while also developing their fine motor skills and encouraging scientific observation, through play. What I love about them is I can put a bunch of stuff into a bin and it keeps M occupied for almost a full hour.For M’s Fall Sensory bin I included:

  • a variety of gourds (these have so many great shapes, textures and colours!)
  • leaves we found in our yard
  • bird feed (a mix of nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and raisins)
  • tongs
  • measuring cups
  • spoons
  • a magnifying glass
  • and a funnel toy used for the sandbox

As M explored the items in the bin I encouraged him to describe what they felt like (rough, bumpy, smooth, jagged, brittle, soft, light, etc.)

Using the tongs (good for fine motor development)

shovelling the bird feed into the funnel toy

He didn’t quite get how to use the magnifying glass, so I had to teach him to hold it away from his face 🙂

This one apparently resembled a phone…


And when B woke up, he joined in on the fun!

sharing (*smile*)

There was a bit of a mess when they were finished, but I figured the birds would be happy to clean up after us 😉