Sensory bins aren’t a traditional Montessori activity, but they can be great additions to Montessori homeschools and many types of preschools. I focused on adding some Montessori-inspired activities to a fall sensory bin for a variety of learning activities that can be used with multiple ages.
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Fall Sensory Bin – Video
Here’s a 15-second video of my 22-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, using her new fall sensory bin. In the video, I especially focus on the practical life activities included in the sensory bin.
Resources Used for Fall Sensory Bin with Practical Life Activities
- Relaxable Squeeze Apples
- KitchenAid Measuring Cups and Spoons Set
- For preschoolers, you could add tools such as tongs and tweezers for transferring the objects.
- Ashland Container and Acrylic Fall Fillers (leaves and apples) from Michaels Craft Store
- Miniature red pom poms
- Montessori Services miniature basket
- Split Peas (These were inspired by the apple-themed sensory box at Pink and Green Mama. I like the split peas for their color and interesting texture.)
Sensory Table Resources
I’m very excited about the DIY sensory tables my daughter-in-law, Chea, and I put together! Zoey now has one at her home and one at my home. They have different themes and activities.
To put together the DIY sensory table, we used the directions for “The $30, 30-Minute, Do-It-Yourself Sensory Table” from A Teaching Mommy. Ours cost a bit more than $30, although the price will vary according to where you get PVC pipe. We were able to get our PVC pipe at Lowe’s. We didn’t want to cut pipe and were lucky that the guys at Lowe’s were willing to cut it for us. Chea and I just turned all the PVC pipe sides with writing to the bottom and back.
I found the specified storage container for the sensory tables at Walmart.
The sensory table is designed to be disassembled. We found it best to hammer the pieces together after assembling the table to avoid having the table collapse. So ours are more permanent, which is fine. I plan to have a sensory table available at all times on my balcony or next to my balcony door. Chea plans to have one always available, too. Zoey is absolutely in love with sensory bins/tables!
Math Activities for Fall Sensory Bin
Toddlers and young preschoolers typically need a lot of help with one-to-one correspondence in math. They need to associate one space or object with each number counted rather than simply saying numbers that have little meaning to them.
You could use 5 or 10 of the fall objects. I used 10 of the relaxable apples, yellow acrylic leaves, green acrylic leaves, red acrylic apples, and small red pom poms.
I added a free printable to a nearby table to be used with any of the 10 objects.
To fit the Relaxable Apples, I used the free ten-frame mat from Math Wire printed at 150%. That size of ten frame wouldn’t fit on my page, so I printed out two copies, and taped together parts of two separate ten frames to make one larger ten frame. You could print out your ten frame at a size that fits your largest fall object.
The measuring cups and measuring spoons provide an unconscious math activity for young children. Older children could focus on the measurements and fractions used for measuring.
Older preschoolers could also add and subtract the objects found in the sensory bin.
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