fall fun with a scarecrow sensory bin
Fall is in full swing in preschool! My students recently enjoyed playing in a scarecrow sensory bin as part of our Discovery Center. For this bin, I chose to include items that reminded me of scarecrows.
The hay and tiny hats I purchased at a local craft store, with the buttons and pompoms already in my school workroom. The flannel pieces came from an old robe that used to fit Engineer. In my mind, the hay, buttons, straw hats, and flannel pieces related directly to parts of a scarecrow. I added the black pompoms to serve as pretend crows.
I placed the straw in our sensory bins, then added the rest of the materials on top. I didn’t tell the kiddos my thoughts on the scarecrow sensory table, as I wanted let them discover it themselves. It’s always fun to observe them and listen as the children explore different sensory materials.
As the children came into the classroom, many of them exclaimed “there’s something new in the discovery center!” I loved seeing how excited they were to find something new in the sensory bins! Some of the children set about checking it out right away, while others waited to see what was in the bins.
Most of the children didn’t realize that the sensory play related to scarecrows. I heard one of them say, “I don’t know what she put in here, but I like it!” Even though they weren’t sure why I’d combined those materials, that didn’t stop them from playing! After about 5 minutes, one of my girls said “oh my it’s a scarecrow! We can make scarecrows!” This exclamation led to a group of children focused on creating their own mini scarecrows. They did this by pushing pompoms and flannel pieces into the little hats.
Other children hid the buttons in the straw and challenged their friends to find as many as possible. Still other children had fun lifting bunches of hay up and watched it fall back into the bins. Of course, one of the kiddos took it upon himself to throw a huge amount of hay into the air! The large tarp I’d placed under the discovery center caught most of the hay, though. It would be a lot of fun to take some hay outside and let the children move it around . . . we might have to do this one day in the near future! 🙂
After letting the kids use their hands in the scarecrow bin, I also added some kitchen tongs to the center. A lot of the children enjoyed using the tongs to transfer hay from one bin to another. The students are still enjoying this scarecrow bin, and I can’t wait to see what they do next!