Fall Themed Sensory Bins:
Kids love to play with sensory bins! Not only do they get to explore textures, scents, colors, and all of the senses, but they get to work those little muscles in their hands as they explore and manipulate objects of different sizes and shapes. These sensory bins are sure to get you in the mood for fall!
Witches Brew Sensory Bin by Plain Vanilla Mom
Fall Themed Water Table by Sugar Aunts
Pumpkin Sensory Bin by Sugar Aunts
Stamp Art For Kids
Try this toddler- friendly tactile sensory play using a train table surface, perfect for encouraging gross motor skills, fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, and more!
I pulled out a bunch of fabrics scraps and felt leaves and scattered them all over our train table. This was the perfect height for this little guy who is just standing and beginning to cruise along furniture.
He loved scattering the leaves all over the table, picking them up one by one, and dropping them on the floor. Then picking them up and putting them on the table again! The bright colors really grabbed his attention.
Why is this such a great activity for babies and young toddlers? The varied textures of different fabrics are neat for them to explore with their hands (just watch those mouths so felt leaves don’t end up in there!) They are able to see what happens when the drop the leaves and can do it over and over again from the low surface. Babies love the drop and pick up game! This was a great fine motor activity and eye hand coordination task for this little guy. He could work on grabbing at the thin fabric of the leaves and picking up the leaf after it was on the ground. Plus, it was something new and fun!
Nature in the Water Table!
We practiced writing letters in coffee grounds one morning after Mom cleaned out a cupboard. Why did I buy Instant Decaf? YUCK! So, before we tossed them, we had to play with them. Of course 😉
Visual Contrast Letter Writing
I poured the coffee grounds onto a white cutting board for maximum contrast and had Big Sister practice some lower case letters. She loved this! The black on white let the letters really show. She felt so special doing this activity because she could play with coffee!
Sensory Letter Writing
We practiced the letters that are easy to reverse (b, d, p, g, d) and a few words that she knows how to spell. She stood at the kitchen counter for a while making letters.
Little Guy had to get in on the action and make some shapes, too.
A great multi-sensory input way to practice letters!