Fall Colors Sensory Bin for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Embrace the vibrant hues of autumn with our Fall Colors Sensory Bin, a delightful and educational playtime activity tailored for toddlers and preschoolers; dive into a world of texture, color, and imagination while nurturing essential developmental skills!

The fall season brings with it a delightful array of colours and textures that can provide an engaging and educational experience for young children. Sensory bins are a great way for children to explore these textures, colours, and shapes while also developing important skills. Introducing the Fall Colours Sensory Bin! Filled with the beauty of autumn, this sensory bin is perfect for your toddler or preschooler to dive into.


Benefits of Sensory Play

Engaging in sensory play provides a plethora of benefits for young children. Here are five of them:

  1. Cognitive Development: Sensory play encourages children to think critically and make observations. They’ll ask questions like “Why does this feel this way?” or “What happens when I mix these?”
  2. Fine Motor Skills Enhancement: Using scoopers and pouring from bowls helps to improve the dexterity of small muscles in a child’s hand. This is crucial for future skills such as writing.
  3. Emotional Regulation: Sensory bins can have a calming effect on children. The repetitive nature of scooping and pouring can be therapeutic and help regulate emotions.
  4. Language Development: Children can expand their vocabulary as they describe what they feel, see, and do. Words like “rough”, “soft”, “slippery”, and “grainy” come into play.
  5. Creativity and Imagination: Sensory play is open-ended. There’s no right or wrong way to play, allowing children’s creativity to flourish. They might imagine the beans as a ‘fall forest floor’ or the pom poms as ‘falling leaves’.


  • A large, shallow bin or container.
  • Black beans (to be used as the base)
  • Fall-coloured pom poms (reds, oranges, yellows, browns)
  • Acorns
  • Pine cones
  • Fall-shaped cookie cutters (like leaves, pumpkins, etc.)
  • Artificial or real leaves (ensure they are clean and safe for play)
  • Scoopers
  • Bowls


  1. Pour the black beans into the bin to create the base.
  2. Sprinkle in the fall-coloured pom poms throughout the beans.
  3. Place fall-shaped cookie cutters and leaves (artificial or real) on top.
  4. Add acorns and pine cones as well.
  5. Add scoopers and bowls to the side or within the bin.
  6. Encourage your child to scoop, pour, and explore the contents of the bin!

The Fall Colours Sensory Bin is more than just a play activity; it’s an experience that will captivate your child’s senses while offering a rich learning experience. Set it up, invite them to play, and watch as they are immersed in the wonders of autumn! Remember, always supervise children during play, especially with small objects, to ensure safety. Enjoy the beauty and benefits of sensory play this season!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 3 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this sensory bin is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

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 tha. t 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 share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

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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