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A Sensory Fall

Fall is one of my favorite sensory themes to explore!

Pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, crunchy leaves? What’s not to love?!

Take a look at some brain boosting (and fun!) activities for you to enjoy with your little ones:

For More Information on WHY Sensory Activities are Important, Click HERE

    

                  Exploring Textures:

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                                 Bumpy or Smooth? 

                    

                 Take a Sensory Walk…

                                             What do you hear?      What do you smell?

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What do you feel? Is it bumpy? poky? sticky?

 

 

                                     

                                Squash Painting…

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         Apple Cinnamon Playdough!

                               For instructions click HERE:

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Acorn Jingle Bells

Thread some acorn jingle bells with pipe cleaners and let the jamboree begin!

 

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Fall Rain Stick

For instructions click HERE

 

 

Fall Sensory Bin

This sensory bin contains the following:

mixed dried red and pinto beans, decorative gourds, plastic pumpkins and leaves, white mini pumpkin, dried Indian corn, acorns,

yellow pom poms, whole cinnamon sticks, and fabric fall leaves. We also added an ice cream scoop and two smaller buckets

for fine motor skills and sorting practice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looking for Halloween sensory ideas?

                Look No More!…

 

                                              Glow In The Dark Bath Time….

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Add some blue and red food coloring to the bath water….and some glow in the dark spiders for a spooky clean good time!

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                           Halloween Gooey Gunk

For instructions click HERE

 

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Halloween Sensory Bin

This sensory bin contains the following:

green, black, and purple pipe cleaners in multiple textures, glow in the dark spiders, orange foam blocks, orange and green containers with black measuring spoons, large rubber bat, large fuzzy tarantula, orange, purple, black and green pom poms in multiple sizes, green and purple velcro curlers, black foam curlers, chunky orange building blocks, and Halloween themed rubber erasers. These are all stored in a six gallon black container with orange Halloween lights surrounding the outside.

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Applesauce Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

 

 

Nothing says Fall like the smell of Apples and Cinnamon in the air!

 The following recipe (and many other really awesome sensory recipes) can be found in The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions by John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel

 

        All you need is:

       1/2 cup of cinnamon, 1/2 cup of applesauce, some cookie cutters, a straw and a big baggie

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Pour the applesauce and cinnamon into the baggie and mix it up!

 

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Roll your dough and cut designs using your cookie cutters

 

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Let Air Dry, Add a Ribbon, And Smell the Apple Cinnamony Goodness!

 

Have some leftover dough? Add some water to a pot and simmer…Voila! A House full of Fall Smells!

 

Like this idea? Visit www.rainbootsandrocketships.com for more fun!


Rainbootsandrockeships.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This is a for-profit site that I put together in 12 minute increments while my toddler is busy eating a snack. Teachers don’t make diddly and I’d like to retire someday. Please consider purchasing any supplies you would order anyway through one of the Amazon links located throughout my posts!

 

Gooey Gunk

Halloween is the perfect time to engage your child’s senses in gooey, slimy fun!

 

Squishing slime is not only super stimulating to your child’s tactile sense, it’s also an excellent fine motor activity…building tiny finger muscles to be ready for holding pencils, tying shoes, and buttoning coats on chilly days.

Try this recipe for Gooey Gunk from The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions.

 

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Materials You Will Need:

Solution A: 1 cup water, 1 cup white glue, 7-10 drops of green food coloring

Solution B: 1 1/3 cups warm water and 4 tsp of Borax

Peanut was pretty antsy about getting her hands on the goods. The box of food coloring was especially tempting!

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To Make Solution A combine 1 cup of white glue, 1 cup of water, and 7-10 drops of food coloring in bowl.

We took this as an opportunity to talk about what a measuring cup is used for and how to do basic measurements.

I showed her where the number 1 was on the side of the cup. After showing her what “one cup” of glue looked like,

she was able to show me how much water should go in!”

We used  7 drops of food coloring, so if you’d like your slime a bit darker try up to 10 drops.

 

 

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Mix it all up!

We used a large craft stick to stir for easier clean up. This glue is washable and wipes up easily, but if you are using a non-washable glue it is a good idea to cover your work area.

The more we practice pouring and stirring, the better Peanut’s eye-hand coordination becomes!

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For Solution B combine 1 1/3 cups of WARM water and 4 tsp. of Borax in a SEPARATE bowl.

Stir until Borax is completely dissolved…mama handled this part for safety.

(Borax is not kid friendly – please watch them carefully!)

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SLOWLY pour Solution A into Solution B. DO NOT MIX!!!

Roll Solution A around in Solution B 4 – 5 times.

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Lift Solution A out of Solution B and knead for 2 -3 minutes.

Kneading of any kind is a fun to build fine motor skills…especially when you change up your medium. Practice kneading slime, dough, mud pies…and maybe even actual bread! ha!

You can play with it immediately or you can store it in an airtight container or zip lock bag.

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For extra slimy, spooky fun we added stretchy earthworms we found at the dollar store. She had fun folding, smooshing, and making worm prints for over an hour!

In addition to Halloween, this activity would also be fun for exploration into gardening, spring, composting, or worms in general. Change your food coloring dye to black to make it extra spooky…or brown to resemble wiggling through the mud!

This was only one of the super fun, science based recipes in The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions.  Visit www.rainbootsandrocketships.com for more ideas!


Rainbootsandrockeships.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This is a for-profit site that I put together in 12 minute increments while my toddler is busy eating a snack. Teachers don’t make diddly and I’d like to retire someday. Please consider purchasing any supplies you would order anyway through one of the Amazon links located throughout my posts!