HOW TO: FALL SENSORY BIN

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Creating a sensory bin doesn’t have to be expensive and overwhelming. I was so excited that my local Dollar Tree had so many great fall-themed items that are perfect for sensory bins. It’s officially the first day of fall so I’m ready to share all the fall-themed activities!

For my main base I decided to use a mix of fake leaves and crinkle cut paper. I try to think of bases that won’t make a huge mess. I always go on a trip to my local Dollar Tree to pick up lots of add-ins. Leave the acorns out to avoid a choking hazard. It’s important to include some sort of fine motor tool, like tongs. I found a great mini rake which is actually a back scratcher!


  • Fake leaves (Dollar Tree)
  • Fabric pumpkins (Dollar Tree)
  • Mini hay bales (Dollar Tree)
  • Large gold acorns (Dollar Tree)
  • Mesh Tube (Dollar Tree)
  • Orange back scratcher aka the rake (Dollar Tree)
  • Crinkle cut paper shred filler (Dollar Tree)
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • Assorted pom pom balls (Amazon)
  • Silicone mini tongs (Amazon)

I created a fall themed matching mat to go with my sensory bin. Hide the pictures in the bin and let your little one search for pictures and match them up. Grab the free printable here.


Sensory bins are a great way to encourage kids to explore. They love to learn through hands-on play. These bins are also a great way to provide an independent and quiet activity. Take a look at my other blog posts to see how I change the sensory bins every season.

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