I love creating sensory baskets for my children. I feel it’s really important for little ones to discover new textures and colours, plus it is so cute seeing the look on their faces when they are busy exploring. My go to sensory baskets are normally colour or texture themed and I generally use household items, you can read my baby sensory play on a budget here. Creating an autumn sensory basket for babies has to be one of my favourites though, mainly because it’s the cheapest and you get to go on lovely autumn walks to collect all the bits, this is a great way to get older children involved too as you can turn it into a little autumn scavenger hunt.
How To Create An Autumn Sensory Basket For Babies
You can be as creative or as basic as you like with a sensory basket, there is no right or wrong. Here is what I will be putting in ours.
- Water bottle filled with acorns/chestnuts/conkers to be used as a noisy shaker.
- Autumn leaves, you can use real or fake. I have opted for these fake ones so as we can use them again.
- Woodland animals. We have the Happyland woodland set from Mothercare so I though this would be a cute little addition to our basket.
- Orange material, any will do to add a bit of colour and texture to the basket.
- Pinecones, these are the perfect addition to a autumn sensory basket for babies. They are just the right size for little ones to hold. I will be giving ours a good old wash as Poppy puts everything in her mouth, If you have a toddler too like I do you could get them to help with the washing.
- Touch and feel books. We are big fans of the ‘that’s not my…’ books, our current faves are That’s not my fox/squirrel/badger.
I pop all these in a little basket, you can use whatever you already have a home such as a storage box or even a large bowl. The beauty of sensory baskets is that you can chuck anything it. Obviously always supervise little ones when they are playing with household/nature items.
I’ve got loads more autumn and Halloween sensory play ideas coming up so make sure you look out for those.