16 Autumn Sensory Activities

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Messy play is one of my most favorite activities! Combine that with fall and we are in for a sensorial treat!

Give me tiny hands covered in paint. Playdough underneath fingernails. The crackle of freshly fallen leaves. Cinnamon, apples, pumpkin.

I love fall!

Here is a list of 16 activities that are simple, inexpensive or free, and hands on fun! Don’t worry about the mess; that’s just part of the fun!


1. Creative Leaf Activities from Carrots Are Orange


Fall Playdough Recipes

2. Fall Scented Playdough Recipes from Playdough to Plato

Nature Shadow Boxes

3. Nature Shadow Boxes from Teach Preschool


Fall Slime Recipe

4. Fall Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

Nature Sensory Bin

5. Nature Sensory In from How Wee Learn


Fall Spice Paints

6. Fall Spice Paints from Sow Sprout Play

Leaf Laterns

7. Leaf Lanterns from River Blissed


Autumn Exploration Table

8. Autumn Nature Table Exploration from The Imagination Tree

Leaf Rubbing Plates

9. Leaf Rubbing Plates from 5 Orange Potatoes


Pinecone Decoration

10. Pine Cone Art from Scissors and Spice I know this post shows Christmas, but it is gorgeous for all seasons!

Leaf Sensory Bin

11. Red Leaf Yellow Leaf Sensory Bin from Stir the Wonder

Pinecone Weather Station

12. Pine Cone Weather Station from Science-Sparks

Nature Process Art

13. Painting With Nature from Kids Craft Room Process art is the only kind of art that we do. Art is about feeling inspired, the flow of your medium, the way you feel while you create.

Nature Sculpture

14. Nature Sculpture by Plum Pudding I would use salt dough for a cheaper, easier alternative.

Leaf Mural

15. Leaf Mural by TransformEd To create this, tape the edges of contact paper to a window with the sticky side of the contact paper facing you (not sticking to the window). Collect all of your nature treasures and they can just be stuck right onto the paper. When it is complete, just stick another sheet of contact paper with sticky sides pressed together. Then you can use the final product as a Thanksgiving table decoration, cut up into bookmarks or however else you can dream up.

Fall Sensory Jars

16. Fall Sensory Jars from Kids Play Box

I hope this list will provide you with some inspiration! Whether you choose to do none or all of these projects, remember that the most important thing is to enjoy these moments, processes, and experiences with your little ones.




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