Fine Motor Fall Sensory Bin

This Fall Sensory Bin is going to be a hit with your little one – it’s going to become one of their favorite sensory bins.

What is it about fall leaves that folks just can’t resist? Is it the spectacular colors? Or the sounds of the “crunch” when you walk through them?

Either way, because it uses silk leaves, you can use this bin again and again or turn them into an art project after this fun fine motor activity!

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Kim from The Resourceful Mama is bringing her family’s love of fall leaves to this fun Fine Motor Fall Sensory Bin that also works on a child’s visual and descriptive skills! 

Adorable Fall Books

When you’re done playing, snuggle up and enjoy these Fall Books with your child.

The Busy Little SquirrelThe Busy Little SquirrelThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!I Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board BookI Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board BookFletcher and the Falling LeavesFletcher and the Falling Leaves


Fletcher and the Falling LeavesFletcher and the Falling LeavesIn the Middle of FallIn the Middle of FallFall (Bright Baby Touch and Feel)Fall (Bright Baby Touch and Feel)Mouse's First FallMouse’s First Fall


Or enjoy these Fall Board Books with your toddlers as well as Books about Fall Leaves. It’s the perfect way to tie in the holiday to your Autumn activities!

I was recently at Walmart and spied a display with several little bags of fall items: leaves, pumpkins, gourds, pine cones and acorns. They were the perfect size for a small fall sensory bin.

I got out one of our storage bins and layered the leaves in the bottom and then added the pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, and acorns.

I let my 3 year old daughter sort through the bin as I named each of the items.

Fine Motor Fall Sensory Bin that Works Visual Skills, too! Mommy Evolution

We then incorporated some learning into our sensory bin.

I gave her a pair of tongs and asked her to find the following:

  • Yellow leaf
  • Red leaf
  • Orange leaf
  • Large, small, and medium item
  • Pumpkins that look alike
  • Pumpkins that look different
  • Big pumpkin and small pumpkin
  • Pumpkin with stripes
  • Pumpkin without stripes
  • Big gourd and small gourd
  • Gourd with stripes
  • Gourd without stripes
  • Big pine cone and small pine cone
  • Big acorn and small acorn
  • Something with a rough surface
  • Something with a smooth surface
  • 2 of each item
  • 2 things that are big and 2 that are small
  • 2 things that are smooth and 2 that are rough

This is a great activity incorporating aspects of development and learning.  

We strengthened fine motor skills by using the tongs.

We worked on comparative and descriptive skills.

We worked on colors and counting. We explored textures.

You could also look for items for your fall inspired sensory bin at dollar stores and/or craft stores.

More Fall Sensory Activities

Fun Fall Printables!

These fall printables are the perfect way to enjoy the season’s wonders with a touch of creativity.

Let the fall adventures begin with these delightful and printable activities for kids!

Want more sensory ideas? Be sure to check out our other fun sensory activities for kids!

This post is part of the Fall Sensory Play series, hosted by Mommy Evolution in partnership with The Sensory Spectrum. Go to the Fall Sensory Series to get the latest sensory fun for your kiddos!

About Kim: Kim is the mama behind The Resourceful Mama. She is a medical social worker turned SAHM mom to 3 wonderful kids. As a mom she wears many different hats.

You will find that reflected in her blog. On The Resourceful Mama, you will find a little bit of everything related to being a mom: kids crafts and activities, parenting, traveling, meal planning, and more.

Fall Sensory Play Series on Mommy Evolution. Autumn sensory activities, crafts and ideas for your kids!


  1. What a great idea for fall! We won’t have trees changing color for at least another month or 6 weeks, and only for a very short time. Pamela’s tree looses its leaves on the 4th of 5th of February and the new ones are on the tree by the 10th! Celebrating fall is one thing I miss about Denver, because our beautiful desert doesn’t sparkle with the change of the season (we do cool down to the nicest weather anywhere, though!).

    1. I remember missing the changing of the leaves when I lived in Colorado. Nothing beats a Northeast fall!

  2. This is awesome! I wish we had fall in South Florida! Stumbled!

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