16 Autumn Sensory Activities

November 5, 2015



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


2. Fall Scented Playdough Recipes from Playdough to Plato

3. Nature Shadow Boxes from Teach Preschool


4. Fall Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

5. Nature Sensory In from How Wee Learn


6. Fall Spice Paints from Sow Sprout Play

7. Leaf Lanterns from River Blissed


8. Autumn Nature Table Exploration from The Imagination Tree

9. Leaf Rubbing Plates from 5 Orange Potatoes


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

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

12. Pine Cone Weather Station from Science-Sparks

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.

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

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.

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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