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Build a Scarecrow Sensory Bin

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This easy fall build a scarecrow sensory bin activity is a fun way for kids to play and learn about fall–and all the exciting changes that come with this season!

Scarecrow sensory bin craft

Kids love to touch. smell, investigate, and build. The more hands on the activity, the happier they usually are. This fun fall scarecrow sensory activity let’s them do all that and more.

How to Use This Build a Scarecrow Sensory Bin

Let’s talk specifically about this fall sensory activity. Super simple and lots of fun, the kids will love playing while doing this learning activity. This could be a Wizard of Oz activity, a fall decoration, or just one of the easy fall crafts you do with your kiddo.

To add a learning layer to your bin you can have your child count buttons, identify colors. Tell you the first letter of the objects, sort by size or shape, or older children could even write the words for the items in the bin.

Scarecrow sensory bin puzzle

What’s in this Scarecrow Sensory Bin

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Make your preschooler a scarecrow sensory bin

How to Make this Scarecrow Sensory Box

Grab a bin- for one or two sets of hands an 18” x 24” plastic tub is great and maybe a shower curtain liner or sheet underneath it to help make clean up easier.

Start by giving them a good thick base of hay or straw. You can get actual hay/straw at a feed store or from a friend with stock and it smells wonderful too! I like to use these mini hay bales that I found at the craft store because it is already dried and very clean.

Fill the bottom of your tub with the hay or straw. At least 2” deep makes a good base.

Next add in some fall leaves, cinnamon sticks, twigs from the yard, or other natural items.

Add in a few different scraps of fabric. Flannel, felt, and burlap are ideal. You can cut fabric into the basic shapes of clothing like pant legs or a shirt that can get stuffed with straw. Or you can just leave them as scraps and let your child’s imagination shape them.

Add the rest of your tools, then finally be sure to include some spoons, or a fork (we used ours as a pitchfork for moving hay) and some containers for filling and pouring.

When your kiddo is done, you can let them display their scarecrow on the front porch with some metal milk jugs.

Fall Sensory Bin to Build a Scarecrow

This is a great stand alone activity for rainy days or when you need something to keep them busy so dinner can be made but also can be used to support a favorite fall book like The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything or Scarecrow.

More Sensory Activities You Might Like:

Once you make this Fall Sensory Bin, your kiddo is going to be absolutely in love with the idea of sensory play. So, be ready to make some more seasonally-themed sensory activities for them with these simple ideas:

Fall Sensory Bin to Build a Scarecrow

Scarecrow Sensory Bin

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This easy fall build a scarecrow sensory bin activity is a fun way for kids to play and learn about fall--and all the exciting changes that come with this season!

Materials

  • Hay/straw
  • Flannel and burlap scraps
  • Buttons
  • Googely eyes
  • Corks
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Fall leaves
  • Pieces of wood
  • Doll straw hat
  • Doll clothing

Tools

  • Marker or pencil to make facial features on whatever scarecrow head is made of

Instructions

  1. Grab a bin- for one or two sets of hands an 18” x 24” plastic tub is great and maybe a shower curtain liner or sheet underneath it to help make clean up easier. Also, gather all of your materials.
  2. Start by giving them a good thick base of hay or straw. You can get actual hay/straw at a feed store or from a friend with stock and it smells wonderful too! I like to use these mini hay bales that I found at the craft store because it is already dried and very clean. 
  3. Fill the bottom of your tub with the hay or straw. At least 2” deep makes a good base.
  4. Next add in some fall leaves, cinnamon sticks, twigs from the yard, or other natural items.
  5. Add in a few different scraps of fabric. Flannel, felt, and burlap are ideal. You can cut fabric into the basic shapes of clothing like pant legs or a shirt that can get stuffed with straw. Or you can just leave them as scraps and let your child's imagination shape them.
  6. Add the rest of your tools, then finally be sure to include some spoons, or a fork (we used ours as a pitchfork for moving hay) and some containers for filling and pouring.
  7. When your kiddo is done, you can let them display their scarecrow on the front porch with some metal milk jugs.

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