Thursday, September 18, 2014

Acorn Sensory Bin


If you've seen our Acorn Cap Jewels post you will know that we have alot of oak trees in our neighborhood.  My kids love to collect all these acorns and right now I've got more than I know what to do with!  So, I decided to put together an acorn sensory bin.

Here's what I included:
Popcorn Kernels
Acorns
Various flowers and shrub pieces
Pine cones

I also put out an ice cube tray, small bowls and measuring cups.

The first thing my daughter was attracted to was a piece I included from one of our shrubs.  Not sure what the name of this shrub is called but it's great for sensory.  This shrub has been bloomed for a few weeks now but it was only since this activity that she took an interest in it.  Awoke her senses to something new!


We poured......

We dug our hands in.....

We did smallest to biggest.....

We played with corn kernels only and filled up each slot in the ice cube tray with different amounts of kernels and then guessed which slot was most full, least full.......

We buried the acorns........

We added toilet paper rolls and filled them up......

As you can tell including the ice cube tray with this sensory bin was a big hit!

I also paired this activity with the book, One More Acorn by Don Freeman and son, Roy Freeman.


Do you have a favorite fall sensory bin or any sensory bin that your child really enjoys?!  If so, I would love if you would share with us in the comments below or by stopping by our Facebook page.











31 comments:

  1. I just love sensory bins and this one looks amazing.

    Would you believe I've never encountered an actual acorn before - I should add that to my bucket list... find an acorn under a tree LOL.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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    1. Jennifer, you're the second person to tell me that about acorns! It's funny to me because the one thing my daughter asks to do every single day is to go out and pick acorns!

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  2. Oooh, lots of fall fun at their fingertips! Thanks so much for sharing on Makeovers & Motherhood's Welcome Party Wednesday Link Up!

    Our fall sensory bin... Corn. My boys harvested the corn just like Grandpa does on the farm, plus scooped and played! Check it out at http://makeoversandmotherhood.com/corn-sensory-bin/.

    Alisha :)

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  3. This is awesome!! And we love that book too :)

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  4. Popping over from the parenting pin it party - love this idea!

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  5. My son would absolutely LOVE this sensory activity. We are now living overseas via a military move and our climate is sub-tropical :) Pinning now though for all my friends and family in the Midwest to see. Great to meet your from the parenting pin it party!

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    1. Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for pinning and sharing with your friends!!

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  6. Great activity! I need to make one of these for my youngest soon. Thank you so much for linking u with the #pinitparty

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  7. Ooo lovely! Will be taking some inspiration from this in our own sensory play activities coming up! So I've pinned this for later.

    #pinitparty

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    1. Thanks, Rhiannon!! I hope this will be as much fun for all of you as it was for us!

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  8. Oh, my daughter would love this! Great fun :) #ParentingPinItparty

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  9. Great Idea! Goes perfect with a lesson I'm putting together for my preschoolers!

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    1. Hannah, that's great!! I hope your preschoolers have fun with the lesson!

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  10. My children love sensory bins and this is a great idea for this time of year #pintorials

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    1. Jenny, we love sensory bins over here too! Fall offers so many great ways to explore our senses!

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  11. What a great activity. I love sensory bins and so do my kids.

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    1. AmieJo, we do over here too! They can be so much fun and they're are so many choices for bins!

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  12. This is all kinds of awesome - so much learning and FUN all together!
    Thanks for sharing at this week's #Pintorials :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Gude!! My daughter really had fun with this one!

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  13. I've completely missed the boat on sensory bins! This is the first one that really caught my attention - lots of good ideas; I like the use of the popcorn.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, Abi! Sensory bins are great because they're are SO many different options to choose from.

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  14. Thank you so much for linking up to The Sunday Showcase last week. I was thrilled to see this post on the link up! What fun elements you have placed in your sensory bin.

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a good way to put the many acorns we have collected to good use!

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  15. My children are now too old for the sensory bins but that doesn't stop them from playing with all the acorns that litter our yard:)

    Thanks for sharing with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party!

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    1. Thanks, Adrian!! Those little acorns can be cute no matter our age!!

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  16. I can'[t wait to try this brilliant idea with my grandson when he is a bit older (only 8 months now) You have such cool ideas!!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! Your grandson is reaching a fun age when sensory play will really be enjoyed!!

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