Bury The Acorns: An Easy Toddler Activity

Create this super fun and easy toddler Fall activity using acorns. It is an amazing sensory play activity for little hands!

Fall is almost here and the squirrels in our neighbourhood are busy trying to find and bury all the acorns that they can before the cold weather kicks in.

On a recent walk through our local park, I pointed out these busy little squirrels to my twins and an idea for a fun fine motor activity came to me! We could pretend to be squirrels burying acorns in the dirt!

As soon as we got home, I set up this quick scooping sensory bin for my 18 month toddlers and it was an instant hit!

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Bury the Acorns: A Simple Toddler Activity

Grab your supplies. Set out a large sensory bin and place the muffin tins inside. Explain to your toddler that they are a little squirrel and that they have to bury their acorns in the dirt for winter. This was much easy to explain to my toddlers since we only just saw the squirrels doing this very thing outside. Another great way to explain this to your toddler is to read a book about it!

Invite your toddler to place an acorn or two in each muffin tin container. I always show my twins how to do something first as well as explaining it verbally.

Next, add the black beans to the sensory bin and hand your toddler a spoon. Invite them to scoop the beans up and cover the acorns. Again, I demonstrated burying the acorns to my twins as well as explaining it verbally.

I pretended that I was a little squirrel burying my acorns (yup with this squirrel noises and all. They absolutely loved this and were super eager to get started on their own.

A Total Hit

This was such a success that I will definitely be doing it again this Fall!

Skills Developed

Scooping activities like this are great for Language and Vocabulary Development, Hand-Eye Coordination, Fine Motor Skills, Problem Solving, Trial & Error, Visual Perception, Cognitive Development, Imaginative and Sensory Play.

Age Suitability

Bury the Acorns activity is ideal for 18 month old toddlers to 4 year old preschoolers.


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  • Large sensory bin
  • Acorns
  • Spoons
  • Black Beans
  • Muffin Tins


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