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Frugal Seasonal Sensory Bins | Perfect Fall Fun for Toddlers

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Sensory bins with pumpkins and dried lentils

These sensory bins are a cinch to make!

Looking for an easy way to create some festive fun for the kiddos? Check out this tip from Hip2Save reader, Jennifer, for DIY sensory bins with a touch of fall flair.


To create my fall sensory stations, I used $2 clear plastic bins from Target and then added dried lentils in one and split peas in the other. For other bin play items, I added a repurposed baby food jar, a small mason jar, and some small spoons for scooping practice for my toddler. To make them fit for fall, I added in some small pumpkins.

Child playing with fall seasonal sensory bin

My girls have been playing with them for hours! Inexpensive, novel, and portable! We even played on the patio with it. Hours of quality screen-free fun for only a few dollars.


Sensory bins made simple!

We love this idea to create play stations for the kids with a little touch of fall. You could even make this project for less by sourcing the plastics bins and pumpkins from Dollar Tree!

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing this frugal festive activity for the kiddos!

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Comments 11

  1. Suzanne

    Fun idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. motherfish

    Beans and peas are a product of the field and, like wheat, can have pathogens (recall the e.coli scare a few years ago). Also, peas aren’t too big, but larger beans and peas can create a choking hazard for small children, who may also stick them in their ears or noses and require medical help to remove.

    • Jess

      Also, if you take these sensory bins outside like the poster suggested, there are a myriad of potential hazards. These hazards could include: extreme weather, insects, wild animals, tame animals, siblings, fall hazards, pollution, grass, dirt, and UV rays just to name a few. Be careful out there folks!

      • Amy

        Oh my, lol

      • Kel

        Omg 😂😂😂🙌

    • Jennifer

      I think the risk is as high as letting our kids play outside where squirrels, rabbits, and birds etc. poop.

    • Tolu

      Lol. This is hilarious. Please let kids be kids.

    • Llaunda Willingham

      This is a great idea !! Anything to keep kids off electronics !! And enough with the negative Nellie’s already !! Responsible parents WATCH their young ones play !! (Not their cell phones ) I see this as great fun for toddlers, good eye /hand coordination practice also !!! If you are worried about germs…..wash them first…..just like you would before you prepare them to eat…DUH !!! Anyway…(Oh yes then dry them off before play) Have fun with the toddlers !!!

  3. Jennifer

    I think this is a great idea and will work for most children. My 3 year old grandson never puts things in his mouth or nose and has no known allergies so he would love this. For some kids, some of these items wouldn’t work but could be replaced with other sensory items. I think this is a great concept that could be individualized to each child unique needs. Great job, mommy!

  4. nita

    Fabulous idea. Why didn’t I think of this? We used pasta noodles and rice..

  5. Cindy

    They have a large bin of colored rice with scoops funnels and bowls at my library and my 3 year old nephew sat at it forever playing. I get it – I thought the rice through the funnel was facinating too lol.

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