Autumn sensory tub with squirrels

Using all the materials we gathered in our treasure bags on our autumn scavenger hunt, today we made a sensory tub.

Sensory tubs are wonderful for young children to play with and at this time of year Mother Nature provides lots of ingredients to use which invite children to explore colours, textures and sounds.

We filled our tub with dry crisp leaves, sticks, acorns, conkers, fircones, seeds

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We invited some squirrels to come along and play. The children soon had the animals chatting to each other and building nests. I told them I’d hidden twenty acorns in the tub and asked the squirrels if they could find them all.
autumn sensory box
Did you notice how this squirrel is so neat and organised, with all its store of food so carefully sorted? (If only this child’s bedroom was to tidy.)
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And look how hard this hedgehog is toiling to bring its leaf wheelbarrow of goodies home to its family – with a leaf umbrella to shelter help from the rain.
autumn scavenger hunt sensory tub

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  1. says

    I think we’re going hiking next week to look for nature items. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to find acorns this time of year but California is so behind when it comes to fall. Most of the time fall doesn’t really hit until late November! It’s a bit frustrating!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Rachele, It’s drab and grey here today, so I wouldn’t mind a bit of Cali weather.

  2. says

    All these Autumn ideas are fantastic. Pity it’s Spring here in Sydney… and even when it is Autumn in Sydney, our climate doesn’t produce those lovely autumn colours. Sigh… we have good beaches though. I guess that’ll do :)

  3. Carol says

    It appears that you have some buckeyes or horse chestnuts. Includes are poisonous. I don’t know about horse chestnuts.

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