Fall Sensory Table

It’s FINALLY starting to feel a little bit like fall here! Our days are in the mid 70s to low 80s and we can get outside without melting. For the past 2 months or so our sensory table has been used for its original purpose: water. I’ve been lazy and X loves water. This weekend I was ready to get back to some sensory play though!
Colored rice, fake leaves and gourds from Dollar Tree, a few scoops and a basket. X has been playing for over an hour and I’m writing my first ever blog post while he’s awake.
It was actually nice taking a break from our sensory table and seeing how his skills and interests have grown over the past few weeks. Today he was really into scooping and filling containers. He was decorating our patio with the gourds. He was playing with a purpose. Before he would just touch whatever material it was and then dump a bunch on the ground and get bored fairly quickly. While I realize these were still important experiences, it was kind of frustrating spending time, energy and creativity on projects that only briefly held his attention. Our fall sensory table was much more fulfilling for me. Though yes, I know it’s not about me 😉
This came together easily with a little planning. I colored the rice a few days ago because it needs time to dry. You could use plain rice if you’re short on time or do more then two colors if you have extra time (hahaha! What mom has EXTRA time?!?) other then the rice (which I buy in bulk) and the scoops and baskets I already had, this cost me $5 at Dollar Tree. NOT BAD! Who says sensory play has to be expensive?? Plus I plan to repurpose the silk leaves and gourds for color matching later this week. I bought 3 packages of gourds (red, yellow and green) and two packs of leaves (red/green and yellow/green). I was really excited that the color tones were the same for the gourds and leaves, I love anything I can use in multiple activities. Earlier in the season I looked at fake gourds in a craft shop and they were $6 a bag and didn’t have a variety of colors. I’m really happy I’m cheap and waited until I found a better deal.
What fun activities have your little ones been doing this fall?