Apple Cinnamon Sensory Bin

Okay, am I the only one daydreaming of fall? I can’t help it. I hope you don’t mind if I share some fun fall activities this week. We just finished up our apple theme, and I can’t wait any longer to share!  One of our invitations to play was this lovely apple cinnamon sensory bin.

Apple Cinnamon Sensory Bin


  • Oats
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Miniature Apples (ours are from the Walmart craft section)
  • Red glass gems
  • Small wooden buckets (ours are from JoAnn Fabric & Crafts)

Fall Apples Sensory Bin

I knew the toddlers would really enjoy  this sensory bin, but Lovey also spent a lot of time playing with it, too.

Oatmeal Sensory Play

The small buckets were a great size for scooping and pouring the oats.

Apple Treasure

After the kids dumped in the mini “apple” gems, they had fun getting scoops of oats and searching for the “hidden treasure.”

Digging for Apple Treasure

The cinnamon sticks were not only great for the sensory experience, they also inspired a lot of pretend play. The kids used them as utensils to “cook” oatmeal and apple pie.

Cinnamon Drumsticks

They also used them as drumsticks to make music.

As usual I loved to see their imaginations at work!

Printable Apple Theme Lesson Plans

Are you teaching an apple-inspired theme soon?

Check out our apple theme lesson plans. We have a general apples theme and a book-based Ten Apples Up on Top theme. Both are full of hands-on learning activities that include reading, math, science, fine motor activities, sensory play, and more.

Apples Home Preschool Activities        Ten Apples Up on Top activities-home preschool lesson plans

These sets are designed for home preschool, but we’re thinking of you too classroom teachers. We’ll have classroom versions available for your use soon!

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More Apple Sensory Play

I love the elements and colors in this Apple Themed Sensory Box from Pink and Green Mama.

Teaching Mama also has some great sensory and learning activities. There’s even a free printable.

More Information About Sensory Bins
If you are looking for more information about getting started with sensory bins, you might enjoy Sensory Bins: The What, The How, & The Why. The book includes idea lists, storage and money saving tips, information on using sensory bins with Sensory Processing Disorder, and helpful recipes. It’s especially helpful if you are just getting started with sensory bins and want to know where to begin!
Sensory Bins

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  1. Very fun way to engage kids in learning about fall. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great idea for the new season – the sticks would give off a great smell too.

  3. This looks so inviting! I love your sensory tubs, Shaunna! I featured your post and photo in my 30+ Apple Sensory Tubs post today. 🙂

  4. I love it so much, I had to prepare one for my kids.

    • I’m so glad you liked the idea. Thank you so much for linking back to this post and sharing with me. I hope your kids had fun!

  5. I love this bin! So many wonderful things about fall in this bin. 🙂 Is it weird that I kind of want to go make apple cinnamon oatmeal now? I’ll be featuring this on The Sunday Showcase this weekend. Thanks for linking up!

    • Not weird at all! We’ve been playing with cinnamon sticks a lot lately, and I’ve been dreaming of all sorts of cinnamon oatmeal and fall goodies! Thanks for featuring this post.

  6. This sounds like fun. I’ll be using it with my daycare kids (4 & 6) and I know both will love it. You mention “hidden treasure” – what is the treasure? Just the red stones that fall to the bottom or something else?


    • I hope they have fun! Yes, the kids started calling the red stones “treasure.” Little imaginations at work 🙂

  7. Love it!!

  8. Oh, I can just smell the cinnamon! Pinned it!

  9. This is a beautiful fall and apple themed bin! I would love for you to stop by and share when you have a chance!

  10. I bet this smells amazing! I love a sensory bin with oats 🙂

  11. This has me dreaming of fall too! Lovely sensory activity. 🙂

  12. One of my favorite things about fall is the feast it is for the senses — and smell certainly being one. I’ve got my pumpkin spice candle burning — though it’s still in the 80s outside.

    • I think that’s what I enjoy most about fall, too. It will be in the 80s most of fall where we live, so we try to bring the scents and temperatures of fall indoors. 🙂

  13. This is a wonderful idea! I’m sure the cinnamon sticks smelled great all week. I’m pinning this to my Sensory bin board!!

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