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10 Fall Sensory Play Activities for Kids (+ Taste Safe Too!)

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Try 10 amazing fall sensory play activities for kids that are taste safe, making them perfect for babies and toddlers. Post by Rachel, the Editorial Manager at The Artful Parent and teaches process art classes for kids at her home in Portland, Maine.
Foamy water play with pumpkin and floating leaves – fall sensory play activities for kids.

It’s hard to believe, but fall is here! That means cooler nights, beautiful trees and lots of pumpkin muffins in my future. And don’t forget hot cider, pumpkin picking and decorating. There’s so much I love about fall, but today I wanted to share 10 fall sensory play activities that your kids are sure to love.

Many of these activities I set up at my kids art classes last fall. I like to have a sensory bin component to our classes that the kids can migrate to once they’ve wrapped up the art activity.

Most of these sensory play ideas are also taste safe making them a great fit babies and toddlers too.

You might be wondering, “What are the advantages of sensory play?”. Here’s why sensory play is important for kids and worth encouraging.

So, let’s get started!

10 Fall Sensory Play Activities for Kids

Halloween cloud dough for kids

1. Halloween Cloud Dough

Cloud dough is super simple to make.

For this Halloween version combine 8 parts flour to 1 part cooking oil. Then mix in cocoa powder to color it and make chocolate cloud dough. Finally, add in guords, silicone cupcake liners, scoopers and candy corn (if you have baby/toddler you might choose to omit the latter).

Pumpkin oobleck and mini animals for fun fall sensory play activities for toddlers.

2. Pumpkin Pie Oobleck

This stuff is so fun to touch and is a very satisfying material for young kids to explore.

It’s not drippy like regular oobleck which you may be familiar with. I originally saw this pumpkin oobleck recipe on house_of_art_and_play and was excited to give it a try.

Mix 1 cup pumpkin puree with 1.5 cups cornstarch. Tweak to your liking depending how firm or squishy you’d like it. Add in plastic animals (or other seasonal toys)to make footprints!

Pumpkin and citrus water play – fall sensory play activities for kids.

3. Water Play with an Autumnal Spin

This setup is so quick making it especially great when you need time to make dinner or need a few quiet minutes.

For this I used a big plastic bin and filled it a few inches with water. Then I added pumpkins, oranges and some strainers and cups/bowls.

(Inspiration thanks to fantastischer_raum for this super simple, yet beautiful autumn sensory play idea.)

Halloween aquafaba with candy corn and sprinkles.

4. Halloween Aquafaba + Candy Corn

In case you haven’t heard, aquafaba is AMAZING! It is a delightfully fluffy and taste safe making it perfect for even the littlest ones to play with. I like to make different versions for the holidays and seasons!

Add fun embellishments for pretend bakery fun for older kids or hide some bigger plastic animals in the foam for babies to discover.

Find out how to whip up chickpea juice into the best sensory play foam for kids.

Two children playing with pumpkin and foamy soap – fun fall sensory play for babies.
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5. Foamy Water Play with Pumpkins

Get out the hand mixer, a big bowl and some bubble bath concentrate. Add water and bubble bath in a 2-1 ratio and begin to whip.

I was astounded by how quickly the foam got out of control! We had a whole Strega Nona pasta pot situation on our hands. So take note and go find the largest bowl in your house!

Oats & apples for fall sensory play ideas for kids.

6. Apples & Oats Sensory Play Bin

This bin reminds me of cozy fall days and warm mulled cider. Pour some oats, throw in some apples, add a few cinnamon sticks (and star anise if you have it)… and ta-dah!

Inspiration thanks to @makersri who also wrote an amazing post for The Artful Parent about the importance of sensory play for kids.

Child patting autumn playdough with playdough tools on table

7. Autumn Playdough

I mixed up some no cook playdough (if you’ve never made your own, watch how to make homemade playdough over on Youtube!

For the fall scent and color I used a mixture of liquid watercolors and spices for the browns (coriander, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). And did you know, pinecones make beautiful rose prints in playdough?

8. Orange Oobleck & Bumpy Guords

Orange oobleck and guords- fall sensory play ideas for kids.

This is traditional oobleck which is wonderfully drippy, yet firm. Have you made this yet? If not you must try it! Add food coloring or liquid watercolors to color.

It’s a great sensory activity for babies to explore, especially with the addition of some bumpy guords. I mean, look at that face!

Three kids playing with floating leaves in water and pumpkin in foamy soap – fall sensory play ideas for kids.

9. Floating Leaf Water Play

This one is so simple that I almost didn’t mention it. Go on a nature walk and collect some beautiful leaves. Fill a baking sheet with enough water to allow the leaves to float.

That’s it! Babies will happily splish splash to their hearts content.

Guords and cinnamon sticks in oatmeal sensory bin with bowls and spoons.

10. Autumn Oats Sensory Play Bin

This oats bin is a spin off of the apple version above. I merely swapped out the apples and added guords and little pumpkins. The oats will keep for quite a while, when they’re not in use, I put them in a plastic shoebox bin in a cupboard.

Fall playdough with pinecone prints

More Fall Art & Play Activities for Kids

Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies

The Artful Parent Amazon shop for Fall Crafts & Play Ideas.

See our FALL family fun list on my Amazon storefront!

It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts (including the best paper leaves for painting!), autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn.

Plus, we have lists of the best kids art supplies, open-ended toys, children’s games, and more!

Fall craft bundle graphic

Get our new Autumn Arts & Crafts for Kids workshop! 

This is an online workshop with 10 fun fall arts and crafts activities that your family can enjoy all autumn long. Use coupon code KASHALFOFF for $9.99!

Plus a bonus of 10 fall-themed drawing prompts!

30 September Activities for Kids Free Printable Graphic

Download our FREE printable idea list of 30 autumn activities for kids & families!

Or just check out the blog post with the links… So many fun ideas for fall!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Marcey Ochoa
    October 4, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Rachel,
    Where do you get the sensory table that’s in all your pics? I would love to purchase one or have instructions for making one that will be able to stay outside!! Thanks, Marcey

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