Autumn Sensory Play

autumnbinpinWelcome October!

Oh, how I love the cool breezes of Autumn! From sweater weather and tall boots, to beautifully colored changing leaves, to pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING, there are elements of the season that everyone can enjoy.

With mild weather comes more opportunities to get out into the fresh air with the family.  Over the weekend, we took the Littles to Linvilla Orchards‘ Pumpkin Land. After carefully selecting which pumpkins we’d bring home, we fed the animals, rode the ponies, and made our way through the straw bale maze. We were also sure to pick up some apple cider and sweet potato pie to enjoy when we got home! 🙂

Always in search of a learning opportunity, I decided to make an autumn-themed sensory bin for the Littles to enjoy. It has turned out to be a fun way to remember our trip while getting in some sensory play and talking about the change in seasons.   See how it turned out!


Here is what I have included so far:

  • Popcorn seeds – yellow and white
  • Acorns
  • Felt stickers (pumpkins and leaves). Children love rubbing their fingers on theses fuzzy little stickers. I left the paper on the back so they wouldn’t stick to everything.


To add to this sensory experience, I included some miniature pumpkins, gourds, and dried corn that we picked up from the orchard market. This gives the Littles even more textures to enjoy. Gotta keep those little hands busy!


Here are additional items I have used in autumn themed sensory bins in the past:

  • Pine cones
  • Cinnamon sticks (Smells great when you first open the bin!)
  • Miniature pumpkins
  • Gourds


Tip: If you are going to use actual pumpkins and gourds, do NOT store them in the bin. Because they are technically plants, their moisture gets trapped inside the bin, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold. I learned this the hard way last year, and was sad to have to toss out our fall-themed bin much sooner than I was ready to.

BONUS: Nature Walk Binoculars!

Looking for items to add to your autumn-themed sensory bin?  Try making pretend binoculars and taking a nature walk with your littles.  All you need are toilet paper rolls, glue, and yarn.  Use your binoculars to spot autumn-related items like leaves, acorns, or even small unique stones.  You might even spot some interesting bugs or animals with your binoculars too!


What is your favorite activity to do with your family this time of year? I’d love to read about it in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!


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