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When my children were in preschool I made an effort to engage them in as much sensory play as I could. I regularly created new sensory bins and we made oobleck and play dough and flubber on a regular basis.
Sensory play is crucial for children’s brain development. It develops fine motor skills, language skills, and creativity. Sensory play promotes independent play and scientific thinking. The benefits of sensory play are virtually limitless!
If you are planning an apple unit, these apple sensory play ideas are sure to foster some creative sensory play for your children.
Note: For more apple activities, see my Apple Unit Study page.
Sensory bins can be simple or elaborate. The only criteria for a good sensory bin is that it engages children in sensory-rich play. Check out these fun and creative apple-themed sensory bins using a variety of different materials.
Apple sensory bin from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Apple sensory bin from Gift of Curiosity
Apple sensory bin with water beads from Little Bins for Little Hands
Apple sensory bin from The Resourceful Mama
You can never go wrong with play dough! Several creative bloggers have shared their apple-inspired play dough recipes to inspire some wonderful sensory and fine motor play.
Apple pie play dough from Emma Owl
Apple sauce sensory dough from Still Playing School
Green apple play dough from Life Over C’s
Apple cinnamon play dough from Natural Beach Living
Do your kids love slime? If so, they will LOVE these apple slime recipes!
Green apple slime from Little Bins for Little Hands
Apple slime from Natural Beach Living
Apple slime from Little Bins for Little Hands
There are so many creative ways to engage your children in apple-inspired sensory play. Here are a few more ideas for you to consider.
Apple scented cloud dough from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Apple oobleck from Little Bins for Little Hands
Ten red apples sensory bag from I Can Teach My Child
Writing in apple sauce from Gift of Curiosity
More apple resources
More apple posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Apple Unit Study
- Apple Printables Pack
- Apple Do-a-Dot Printables
- Apple crafts
- Apple taste testing
- Apple rotting experiment
- Dissecting an apple
- Apple sensory bin
- Apple Montessori activities