Apple Washing Station: An Easy Fall Sensory Bin for Toddlers

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Apple washing station is a fun and super easy sensory bin activity to set up for Fall! Its the perfect way to keep your toddler or preschooler busy this fall.

Apple Washing: Super Easy Fall Activity for Toddlers

Apple Activities for Fall

I love fall for so many reasons. It is absolutely bursting with colours and natural items that can be used for activities (among other things!). From colourful leaves, acorns, pinecones, corn, pumpkins and of course apples!

Incorporating apples into our activities, is one of my favourite ways to keep busy in fall. Today we used some of our apples in this simple to set up washing activity.

I simply love this idea! Not only is it extremely easy to set up but it also great and working on fine motor skills.

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Apple Washing: Super Easy Fall Activity for Toddlers

How to Set Up An Apple Washing Station

To set up an apple washing station for your kids, first grab your sensory bin or large tupperware container and fill it with water. I did not add any soap for this activity because we planned to eat the apple afterwards. If you want to do an apple foam activity check out these this idea or this one.

Beside the sensory bin include some sponges and a soft scrub brush. I had a scrub brush but decide against using it because the bristles were much too tough and might damage the apples as my kids were playing.

Apple Washing: Super Easy Fall Activity for Toddlers

Along with sponges and brushes, add a tea towel for drying after the apples are cleaned as well as a smaller container to place the clean apples into. I used our bushel basket from Learning Resources.

Invite your child to gently wash and scrub the apples off. You can tell them that even though you can’t see the dirt on the apples they still have pesticides and germs that you need to be scrub off in order to make them clean enough to eat!

Apple Washing: Super Easy Fall Activity for Toddlers

This was a super fun activity that my kids! It will definitely be one we will try again next year!

Age Suitability for Apple Washing Station

This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 3 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level for Apple Washing Station

The mess level for this activity is low. 

Apple Washing: Super Easy Fall Activity for Toddlers

Difficulty to Create 

Very Easy.

Skills Developed

Sensory play, language development, number recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Supplies for Apple Washing Station

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  • Apples
  • Sensory Bin
  • Water
  • Sponges, gentle scrub brush
  • Tea towel
  • Tub to hold ‘clean’ apples

Books, TV Show & Play Kits!

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.

The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

Shop our ready made play kits here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.


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