The sweet smell of apple pie can cheer up anyone’s day. This simple and sweet apple pie sensory bin provides the yummy smell without the need for baking.
Sensory bins are a wonderful activity that promote independent play, pretend play, and hands on fun for all five senses.
Supplies Needed for Apple Pie Sensory Bin:
- Medium to large container
- Sheet or tablecloth
- 4 to 5 real or fake apples
- Pie tin or paper plate
- Cinnamon sticks
- 2 to 3lbs of dried oats (quick oats work)
- Measuring cups and spoons
Building Your Apple Pie Sensory Bin Is Easy:
Grab your container and pour in the dried oats, until you feel that there are enough.
I used almost three pounds of oats for a large plastic bin.
Then sprinkle a little nutmeg and gently stir it into the oats.
Then place the pie tin on top of the oats.
If you don’t have a pie tin, you could use a paper plate, mason jar lids, or any type of dish that won’t break.
Add in the measuring cups and spoons to provide tools for your little baker.
Finish the apple pie sensory bin with the apples and cinnamon sticks.
You may choose to add in any other items that you feel will add to the sensory or pretend play experience.
Now the sensory bin is complete!
And it’s safe and edible, which is great for even little ones to have fun.
Apple Pie Sensory Bin Play Time!
Place the apple pie sensory bin on a sheet or tablecloth to contain any mess or spillage.
Sometimes “baking” is messy, even pretend pie making.
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It helps to remind and encourage your child to keep the pie making ingredients in the bin or “oven” so that the pie tastes yummy.
Try to make it a fun reminder to hopefully help with less mess.
Call your little baker over and let the pretend play begin.
Sensory bins are always a big hit with my kids! Because they get a chance to use their imaginations and their senses at the same time.
Your child may decide to use their hands first or begin scooping with the measuring cups.
They may feel it’s best to begin making a pie with the oats, apples, and cinnamon sticks right away.
Any approach to playing with this sensory bin is great.
Let your child’s imagination take over and let the apple pie making begin!
If you can, and this is completely optional, it may be fun to try and enjoy a real apple pie after the sensory bin playtime.
What are some fun sensory bins you have used?
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