Another day, another fall activity! Today’s play is a Pumpkin Washing Sensory Bin.
We love sensory play for so many reasons. To summarize all of its benefits, it helps children’s brains in a ton of ways! It also gives me a minute to do a chore or task that needs done around the house too.
Now that it’s spooky season, I’m finally letting Mila pick pumpkins from our pumpkin patch on the side of our house. It led straight to this activity.
Before we paint or decorate these pumpkins, I thought they needed to be cleaned off. Instead of me just doing it, I thought it would be so much fun for Mila… and I was right. All I had to do was set up this station.
The only materials I used were:
- Pumpkins from our patch
- Sensory bin
- Dish soap
- Resin letters
- Scrub brush/washcloth
The only thing I told Mila was that the pumpkins needed cleaning and she could use more water and soap if she needed.
Let’s just say… she went to work right away!
This activity is so simple and Mila had came up with a big story of why they needed washed. She pretended they came from a different farm and not just outside our home. I always love listening to how her mind works.
That’s what makes sensory play so fun for everyone.
I actually left this activity out for the next day and she kept on playing. Lets hope painting or carving pumpkins goes this smoothly too.
Do you paint or carve pumpkins?
I’ve done both, but I’m thinking Mila may like painting more than carving this year. I’ll keep you all updated when it happens!
This is great! Love that you have pumpkin patch in your own backyard. Wow, I am sure M is having fun
My daughter just got some pumpkins to paint. I got some to decorate with. I cleaned them with the hose😬😊. Love the idea of making this a learning opportunity!
What a fun sensory activity. My kids always enjoyed playing in water and this would be a nice one to do with kids.
Such a fun activity for kids during fall. And beautiful pics of Mila.
This is a perfect way to kick start the Halloween Season. I love how focused Mila is as she washes the pumpkin.
What a great and simple idea to make something fun.
We usually carve, but I love the idea of painting, especially for younger kids as it is much easier for them!
Such a simple and fun way to teach the kids to learn and know how to clean dirty things. I love it!
My 2 year old loves washing things! He wiped his pumpkin down with wipes (his own idea.) I need to set him up a wash station.
I think this is a really cute idea!