In honor of the first day of fall, we want to inspire you to create your own fall-themed sensory bin using items you have around your house or find outside! Check out this video for fall-themed sensory bin inspiration from one of our occupational therapists.
Why sensory bins?
Not only are sensory bins fun and engaging for children, but are also an important part of early childhood development and brain development through improved nerve connections. Additional benefits include:
- Development of motor skills. Pincer grasp is developed when picking up small items with the thumb and first finger. Functional grasp patterns and scooping skills are developed when using tongs, scoops, and bowls in the sensory bins.
- Supports language development. Ask your child what they see, feel, smell and other WH-questions.
- Encourages problem solving.
- It can be used as a tool for mindfulness and to promote a sense of calm.
- Promotes imagination and creativity.
- Aids in developing and enhancing memory.
Ready to make your own?
- Start with a base. Examples include oats, corn kernels, colored rice, and beans.
- For a multi-sensory experience, add a scent. This could be a spice like cinnamon or nutmeg, or kid-safe essential oils like clove or cardamom.
- Next, add various small items that are different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes.
- Optional: add scoops, containers, tongs, spoons, etc.
Make it more engaging & educational
- Sort by shapes, color, texture, or size – add items of the various categories and label bowls accordingly. Ask you child to sort based on the category you choose.
- Create and tell a story – ask your child to create a “scene” using the items in the sensory bin, and tell you a story based off of the scene.
- Practice letters, words, and numbers in the sensory bin. They can draw them in the base of the bin, or use the items to build the them.
Now it is your turn to make a fall-themed sensory bin. Be sure to snap a picture and tag us on social media with your creation!
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