It has been a while since I last made up a sensory box. Autumn is the perfect time to create an autumn scene sensory tray; there are just so many wonderful things to explore. The last time I made an autumn tray up for BB he was 7 months old! Now that he is a lot older I can add lots more items to it than just leaves and conkers.

Make sure you follow my autumn board on Pinterest for more ideas. Don’t forget to save the pin for later.

To make your own autumn scene sensory tray you will need:

  • Leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Conkers
  • Acorns
  • Twigs
  • Tray
  • Small world figures
  • Pluffle play foam*

*I discovered this play foam in our local toyshop. It feels just like the foam they use on the ground of playgrounds. It’s absolutely mesmerising, when you squish it together it unfolds itself.

If you decide to use pinecones it is a good idea to clean them before letting young children play with them. Add them to a bowl of water and vinegar mix and let them soak for about 20-30 mins. Then leave them to dry in an airing cupboard. This helps to get rid of any creepy crawlies that maybe living inside the pinecone.

Once you have everything add it all to your tray, I really like the IKEA Kuggis insert, which has 8 compartments.   Then leave it set up as an invitation to play for your little ones.

autumn scene sensory tray

BB and I had fun creating little nests and houses for the creatures. He liked to pretend that the acorns were owlets. Even YC and EC liked playing with the pluffle play foam.

autumn scene sensory tray

If you enjoyed this autumn scene sensory tray be sure to check out my marshmallow play dough and 3D autumn trees.

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Autumn scene sensory tray for children

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Nanny Anita
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Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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