Football Sensory Bin

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The Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Bill Martin Jr this month. We happen to be big football fans, so when I came across Little Granny Quarterback I immediately knew we had to share this fun book with you.

Have you read it? It’s a really cute rhyming story about Granny going back to help her old team win the big game. We had lots of fun reading it in our best sports announcer voices.

Football Sensory Play for Kids---Fun play idea for game day or little sports lovers

After reading the book we put together this football sensory bin. It was a fun way to extend the book, and now we can also pull it out as a fun play activity for the kids on game day.

Football Sensory Bin


Our bin is garnet and gold because we are Florida State fans. By switching out a couple of ingredients you could also make the bin reflect the colors of your favorite team.

  • Corn kernels
  • Dark red kidney beans
  • Garnet and gold glass beads
  • Football beads (Available on Amazon. Purchased at JoAnn’s.)
  • Small toy footballs (Purchased at a party store.)

FSU Play Activity for Kids

Last Monday was our first game of the season, so I set up this bin as an invitation to play earlier that day. Tinker was excited to dive right in.

Football Sensory Tub

First she explored the sensation of digging through the beans and feeling them on her hands.

Toddler Sensory Play

Then she started her usual routine of closely examining each of the elements in the bin. Watching her do this is one of my favorite parts of introducing a new sensory bin. First she talked about the color—correctly identified as FSU gold! Then she realized it was see through, so she spent some time looking at it through the light.

Toddler Play Activities

We often incorporate scented items into our sensory bins, so she decided to see if this one smelled good. She wasn’t impressed!

Florida State Sensory Bin

Then she moved on to the footballs, which she decided weren’t see through like the beads.

We’ll be pulling our football sensory bin out on game days throughout football season.

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  1. SO creative! I’m featuring it later today on my after school post too! Woo hoo!

    • Thanks, Megan! I love that we could do a football themed activity…one of my favorite parts of fall! Thanks for the feature.

  2. I think this has to be my favorite sensory bin I have seen. So different and so timely! Love it!

  3. Oh, I haven’t heard of this book, but it sounds perfect for fall. I think my boys will love it. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Oh, I hope they have it at your library. So cute! My oldest got such a kick out of the idea that Grandma was a famous football player!

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