This post was contributed by Jessica of Play Learn Love.
Take A Nature Walk & Make an Autumn Sensory Bin!
One of my favorite ways to interact with my children is through nature walks! It’s as simple as an activity can get and is sure to provide bountiful learning opportunities. This time we headed out, with bags in hand, to search our sliver of the great outdoors for “Signs of Autumn” to make a fun sensory bin.
A Signs of Autumn Sensory Bin
I love how even in our little suburban community, the kids feel completely immersed in nature. They picked crab apples, hunted for pine cones, and rooted for fallen acorns! In the end, we returned home with our bags full of autumns bounty! For a fun way to extend our learning and talk about our treasures, we dumped our goodies into a bin of water to make a Signs of Autumn Sensory Bin.
The kids had fun swishing their hands through the bin. They watched the acorns bob up and down and noticed how some things floated while others sank. We talked about what animals we might see collecting these different things and what they would use them for. This activity was good, simple fun, prompting lots of good discussion and many teachable moments. Stepping out into nature is definitely one of our favorite ways to learn and play!
Jessica, writer and creator of Play Learn Love, has a passion for all things messy, fun, and creative! As a former early childhood education teacher, she understands the importance of learning through play. Now a stay at home mom, she runs a small, part time preschool program out of her home and shares their daily adventures on her blog. Whether it be learning with legos or exploring through messy play, they are always finding creative hands on ways to learn!
There are lots of Fall themed sensory bins on Pinterest lately, but I love how Jessica took this one even further by having her little one go on a nature walk to find the natural objects for hers. What a wonderful learning experience! Thanks for the inspiration, Jessica!
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