Fall Sensory Box
What’s in our Fall Sensory Box:
- Uncooked pasta as the base
- Plastic cups the kids have stopped using
- Fake autumn leaves (40-50% off a craft store around this time of year – less than $2 for these leaves)
- Felt pumpkin stickers ($1 for a big pack of 20 or so stickers at AC Moore. We’re not using these as stickers here, but more of a prop. You could use any kind of toy pumpkin here.)
- Felt turkey stickers ($1 for a pack of 8 or 10 at AC Moore.)
- Unfinished wooden pumpkin silhouettes (50 cents at a craft store)
- Toy squirrel figurine (my splurge item for this bin – with a 50% off coupon, it was $2.50 at AC Moore)
- Large bin (I used a 16-quart one here – these go on sale semi-regularly at Target, too)
I might eventually add some plastic “scoopers” like these, as my son needs to practice scissor skills.
We also might make more of these pom-pom acorns this year and add those to the box.
Activities for a Fall Sensory Box
-Pretend the squirrel is searching for food for the winter.
-Make pretend beds out of leaves for the squirrel and/or turkeys.
-Set up a pretend pumpkin patch among the pasta.
-Allow your kids time to imagine something on their own! (My younger kept hugging and kissing the squirrel.)
Ask your child to:
- Organize the felt stickers into “vegetables” and “animals.”
- Sort large and small leaves.
- Identify and sort soft and hard objects.
- Identify and sort smooth and bumpy objects.
Fine Motor Skills:
-Digging in the pasta
-Burying objects under the pasta and sifting through objects to find them.
- Estimate how many pieces of pasta can fit in one cup full.
- Estimate how many leaves can fit in one cup full.
- Count how many pumpkins, turkeys, etc. are in the bin.
-Practice signs and names for the objects within the bin (“leaves,” “turkey,” “pumpkin,” “squirrel,” “pasta”).
-Create sound effects for pretend play and have your child imitate those sound effects.
-Introduce new terms, both nouns and verbs (“sort,” “match,” “estimate,” etc.).
-Discuss the changing colors of autumn and what makes leaves change those beautiful colors.
-As with our previous sensory boxes, we work on sharing and taking turns when both kids play at the same time.
*Since this box has small materials, we only use this sensory box when a parent is present to watch over (and play with!) the kids.
What would you add to a Fall sensory box? What kinds of skills do you include in sensory box play? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
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