Are you looking for a great fall themed sensory bin? This acorn sensory bin is not only fun for kids but incredibly easy to make!

Acorn Sensory Bin

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Acorn Sensory Bin

Fall is such a fun time of year! For me fall means pumpkin everything, fall decorations, and cooler weather. For the kids it means halloween and fall activities! We all love fall in our family:)

This year we’ve been centering a lot of our fall activities around Acorns. We started with this fun Painted Acorns Craft.

And actually, that activity is the first step in creating this acorn sensory bin! So if you haven’t made those yet, then find out how to make painted acorns here. Once you’ve made them come back and let’s start assembling our sensory bin!

Acorn Sensory Bin

Fall Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are not only a wonderful way to entertain your child, but a great way to incorporate sensory stimulation!

Sensory bins engage at least one, if not several, of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell or taste.

We’ve created a lot of sensory bins, and this was definitely one of the easiest bins that we have created. Sensory bins do not have to be complicated to be educational and stimulating. 

As moms we are so busy! We don’t always have time for complicated projects and crafts. And that’s ok! If time isn’t on your side you can still help your child to develop and have fun. This fall sensory bin is a great way to quickly put together an activity that will keep your child busy and that they will enjoy! 

Acorn Sensory Activity

So let’s get started!

Once you have painted your acorns it’s time to gather everything required for this bin together. You will need:

Painted Acorns

Plain Acorns 

Sensory Tub


Paper Plate

First you want to start by adding all the plain acorns to the sensory bin.

For most sensory bins I use a larger tub. But because we only had about a half gallon container of acorns I used a smaller bin to put them in. It would have taken forever to pick enough acorns to fill the big one! As much as my kids love gathering acorns they definitely would have lost interest by the time they picked enough to fill the big one!

Next you are going to add the painted acorns. We painted about 20-30 acorns for the sensory bin. You can do as many as you’d like. 

Sprinkle them on top of the plain acorns and then slightly mix them in so that you have to search a little to find them all. 

And that’s pretty much all there is to putting this bin together. I told you it was easy! 

Acorn Sensory Bin

Sensory Activities

Now it’s time for the fun part:)

Give your child a pair of tongs and instruct them to search for and pick out all the colored acorns from the bin using the tongs. This is excellent for fine motor skills! 

Now, you can use regular kitchen tongs if you’d like, but we use these adorable squirrel tongs that come in the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game! Aren’t they adorable?! And so fitting for this activity! 

If you haven’t played Sneaky Snacky Squirrel before then you definitely need to! It is a great game for kids that will help teach them colors, and it helps to develop fine motor skills. I enjoy playing it with them:)

So if you have the game then go get the tongs and let them use them for this acorn sensory bin as well! 

Acorn Sensory Bin

As your child picks out the acorns have them place them on a paper plate. I also encouraged my child to place the acorns in groups on the plate according to color. This is a great way to teach color recognition and to practice sorting. 

It was a lot of fun, easy to make, and educational. A win for everyone:)

I hope you and your child enjoy the Acorn Sensory Bin as much as we did! 

If you would like to find more fun fall sensory bins to create then be sure to check out 13 Fall Sensory Play Bins!

Happy Fall!