Fall Sensory Play

Sensory play for children is so fun and albeit messy but worth it! Curious why it matters?  PBS Parents says "Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore."  Below are some Facebook post from around the child care community with different ideas and uses for sensory play for the fall season.  

At my house we bought some hay from Michaels, some sparkly spiders and seasonal gourds and pumpkins.  The children really like to feel hay and watch it fall from their hands.  The 14 month old really had fun trying to stack the gourds and pumpkins in different ways.

What do you do? Share in the comments below or send me a picture of your sensory set up - samantha@minutemenu.com.

Make your own pumpkin play clay!

Posted by Buggy & Buddy on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall math sensory bin. Each spider had either a plus or minus sign on their bellies. (I mix them up each time). Hidden in the colored rice are leaves with numbers on them. He picks a spider and two leaves each time, then solves the problem!!

Posted by Singing and Signing with Lynda on Thursday, October 8, 2015

The changing of the season offers a whole host of new sensory outlets. The best part? Many of them are free and easily accessible!http://bit.ly/1KwD4PU

Posted by The Sensory Spectrum on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

At Tiger Tots Academy the Tiger Stripes are having fun sorting through he leaves and sunflower seeds in their fall sensory bin!

Posted by Tiger Tots CDC and Tiger Tots Academy on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Take a look at this great Fall activity: Fall Sensory Jars http://bit.ly/1WLFijO #Family #Fun

Posted by Michael Cuccione Foundation on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lentils and corn as a sensory bin medium! Love this post from Views From a Step Stool: Open Minds and Messy HandsSee...

Posted by Parenting From The Heart on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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