People often think of sensory play as something for toddlers or preschoolers, but even older kids enjoy, and can benefit from sensory play.
When my daughter started kindergarten she’d come home tired and cranky. Sensory bins were the perfect solution.
Sensory play gives kids a way to calm down, regroup and recharge.
It’s also a great way for older and younger kids to play together. One of our favorite fall sensory play ideas is this super simple rainbow rice set-up. We also love this 2 ingredient apple-scented play dough!
To make your own version, fill the bottom of a large, shallow container with orange rainbow rice. We used a variety of shades, from a red-orange to a yellow-orange, and mixed it all together to look like the fall leaves.
Add in some acorns and small pine cones.
Other items you may want to add (affiliate links used):
- few small animals (squirrels, deer, or hedgehogs are perfect for fall)
- fall-themed table scatter
- silk sunflowers
You can easily add another level of play with a simple cardboard tube.
Simple sensory activities like this one are perfect for older and younger children to use together. They also provide a safe way for kids to calm down and recharge after a busy school day.
For more ideas, check out:
- Fall Nature Sensory Bin
- Super Simple Homemade Apple-Scented Playdough
- Googly Eye Slime — Perfect for Halloween