Top 5 Autumn Sensory Bins

Your preschoolers learn and order the world around them through their senses. Creating unique sensory station experiences not only encourages your students to discover new information through their sense of touch, sight, and even smell, it offers the chance to strengthen fine motor skills as they manipulate objects and explore different textures. In addition to honing coordination, dexterity, and control, students also encounter important concepts like “big/little”, “in/out”, etc. while learning the accepted rules and etiquette of social interaction and play as well.

To keep things fun and interesting this fall, here are our top sensory bin picks for autumn!

Carisa of 1+1+1=1 captures the elegance of fall with this dynamic sensory bin. From the contrast of the red and black beans to the rich, contrasting textures of the fall pumpkins and gourds this sensory tub is all-around delightful!

bin full of fall items
Photo Source: 1+1+1=1 | Carisa

Mari-Ann, creator of the blog Counting Coconuts, captures the very essence of fall (it's vibrant colors!) with this gorgeous sensory bin! From its base of acorns and pinecones to the dynamic selection of fall leaves and heavenly cinnamon sticks, this bin not only looks like fall, it smells like fall too!

bin full of fall themed items
Photo Source: Counting Coconuts | Mari-Ann

This beautiful sensory tub from Michelle at Delightful Learning was created to compliment Nancy Tafuri's The Busy Little Squirrel and all things fall! Created with a base of "squirrel food" (bird seed, corn, apples, acorns, and peanuts) and embellished with animals, fall fruits, and even autumn "branches", this sensory bin is a treat to explore!

bin filled with squirrel and fall themed items
Photo Source: Delightful Learning | Michelle

Allie from No Time For Flash Cards captures the simplicity of fall with this apple and acorn sensory tub! Paired with some exciting tools and sorting containers, your preschoolers are sure to have a blast!

bin filled with apples acorns and beans
Photo Source: No Time For Flash Cards | Allie

This sensational autumn bin from Daisy of Two Little Seeds provides a menagerie of "autumnal delights" to explore! Contrasting textures from needle felted acorns and knitted apples to plastic buttons, poky pinecones, and silky leaves offer fun stimuli for the eyes and hands while cinnamon sticks provide a treat for the nose!

bin filled with fall themed objects
Photo Source: Two Little Seeds | Daisy

Click on the pictures to visit each blog and find out how to make your own autumn sensory bin! And, of course, be sure to browse around for other helpful early childhood posts while you're there!