Autumn Sensory Bin for Preschoolers & Kindergartners

Encourage your little kids to explore mixing and measuring while practicing fine motor skills with this Autumn Sensory Bin. You’re definitely going to want to check it out! 

collage of autumn sensory in images with text: Autumn Sensory Bin for Little KidsThe leaves changing to beautiful shades of burgundy, orange and brown is such a remarkable sight. Every year we look forward to watching the seasons shift and this year we thought we’d bring a little of the fall indoors with this Autumn Sensory Bin.

autumn sensory tray
This quick and easy sensory tray is perfect for practicing fine motor skills with your preschoolers and kindergartners. If you’re looking for more fall theme ideas for preschool, we also shared another great fall sensory bin yesterday. Don’t forget to check it out! 

autumn sensory tray with artificial leaves
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autumn sensory tray with wooden beads and buttons
We love sensory tray ideas around here and today’s autumn sensory bin couldn’t be more perfect for this time of the year. The gorgeous fall colors and wide range of textures make this sensory tray a wonderful experience for your little kids. 

autumn sensory tray with dyed rice
Autumn Sensory Bin

What you’ll need

  • Shallow Tray
  • Dyed Rice
  • Buttons and Beads
  • Wood Veneer Leaves
  • Fall Nature Items
  • Cups and Spoons

Here’s how to do it

  • Use the dyed rice as a base for your autumn sensory bin. 
  • Add the other materials including the cups and spoons. 
  • Encourage your little kids to practice mixing and measuring. 

autumn sensory tray with wood veneer owl
If you’re not sure how to dye rice, we shared how to do it when we made our Colorful Unicorn Sensory Bin. Of course we added lots of little bits and pieces we found lying around that had an autumn feel to them as well. 

preschooler scooping dyed rice with small metal bowl
Sensory tray activities are a wonderful way to explore creative thinking and problem solving skills with your little learners. There’s lots of awesome learning that happens when you give little kids sensory materials and measuring tools. 

Preschool Measuring Activities

One of our standards for early learning for pre-k kiddos includes practicing the use of standard measurement tools. We did a Bird Sensory Tray a while back using measuring spoons and you could totally do the same with this one. 

preschooler putting dyed rice into small metal bowl
When you’re talking to your little kids, it’s important to not only discuss and model the use of measurement tools, but also ask questions about measurement. How many spoonfuls of rice does it take to fill the cup? Do you think the leaves or the buttons are heavier? 

small metal bowl filled with dyed rice
You could also extend this activity and make autumn themed Rice Krispies treats or another similar snack. Check out Pinterest for lots of recipe ideas that have a fall twist. 

Cooking experience are an excellent way to practice measurement skills with your preschoolers and kindergartners. Once you’ve finished mixing and measuring with your autumn sensory bin, then definitely take some time to bake a fun treat to enjoy together as a family. 

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Bubbles, Boats & Floats theme. And if you missed it, check out this year’s preschool homeschool space post.

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collage of autumn sensory in images with text: Autumn Sensory Bin for Little Kids