Fall is a beautiful season. Leaves, pumpkins, gourds. So much to see and learn and explore through a child’s eyes.
My children absolutely loved this sensory bin!! I was so excited, as this is the first one that May could really join John. I purposely made this bin completely safe for her (no choking hazards!) And! John let her play next to him and was very sweet (?!) with her!! ♥
I wanted the bin to be fall-themed, so it was easy to go outside and pick up some leaves as the “base” of this bin. I bought some gourds at the store yesterday, so that was taken care of too. Next, I included a few orange items I had lying around: blocks, builders, buttons. I would have added acorns to the bin, too, but I wanted it to be entirely baby-proofed so I didn’t. I also included a sweet pumpkin basket that I picked up from a re-sale shop when I went on a basket-craze.
And the play-dough!! I was so excited to find a gluten free, edible, homemade pumpkin play dough recipe from Asia at Fun at Home with Kids. My son is gluten-free and can’t touch flour, so it is sometimes sad when I can’t make some of the flour-based sensory activities that I see on Pinterest. But this one is perfect for my sweet, sensitive boy!
This play-dough was the easiest thing I’ve ever made — Check out Fun at Home with Kids for the recipe!
I was so surprised, and happy!, that my son loved this as much as he did. He is pretty particular about getting his hands not dirty, but for some reason (yeah!!), he didn’t mind with the pumpkin play dough! We will be using this bin a lot this month — though there is some clean-up involved. But so what, look at their sibling love! ♥
Here is their fun and creativity —
They both loved feeling and tasting the play dough!
Scooping the play dough!
Pressing the dough with pumpkins! “Circles, mom!”
Even, gasp!, sharing!
Beautiful day for some fall exploration.
John lined up some blocks filled with the play dough.
He was so proud of his work.
How have you celebrated the fall?
Do you have any sensory bins you’ve shared? I’d love to see them!
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