Fall Sight Word Sensory Bin

This customizable sensory bin brings the textures of fall indoors. Kids love digging through the fall items to uncover each sight word, and the satisfaction on their faces when they read one correctly is priceless.

Fall Themed Sight Word Sensory Bin with fake leaves, pinecones, acorns, and beans

Fall Sight Word Sensory Bin


  • plastic shoe box
  • fabric fall leaves
  • easy squeeze plastic chopsticks
  • pine cones
  • acorns
  • other outdoor items as desired
  • beans or rice
  • permanent marker

Begin by writing one sight word on each leaf using a permanent marker. Make sure to space the letters out, because the Sharpie will bleed a little on the fabric. I learned this the hard way, like so many other things in life!

You can include as many sight words as you’d like. In addition to the words I used, you can also use color words, number words, and additional pronouns, such as he, she, it and they. You can also include adverbs, like was and were.

fake leaves with a variety of sight words written on them: and, you, we, the, on, etc.

After writing your words, combine the beans and outdoor goodies in the shoe box and mix them up. Then, hide the sight word leaves inside the sensory items. Make sure the leaves are placed throughout the box. There should be words towards the top, bottom, middle, and sides. Feel free to scrunch the leaves up, when you are positioning them. For the most part, they spring back to life when they are removed from the box!

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assembled sensory bin with beans, nature items, and fake leaves

Once your box is assembled, have the kids use the chopsticks (or their hands) to dig through the box and locate the sight word leaves. Once a leaf is found, the child can either remove it by hand or use the plastic chopsticks to pick the leaf out of the box. Having to squeeze the chopsticks together is an excellent activity for developing fine motor skills.

Fall Sight Word Sensory Bin with plastic chopsticks holding the word "the" written on a leaf

Instruct your kids to read each sight word aloud as they pick it out of the box. Continue until all the sight words have been read. Happy learning!

completed sensory bin with leaves on top reading is, I, and, we

2 thoughts on “Fall Sight Word Sensory Bin”

  1. Hi! Thank you so much for this great sensory bin activity! Would it be okay for me to include this page in a round-up blog post I am working on that is specifically about learning sight words with leaf activities? (Permission to link to your site and possibly use one of the images to show your activity?) I would be so honored, and of course I would leave a link to this page giving you credit to tell people where it came from! PS – My site is all about literacy and tools for beginning readers at http://www.mythreereaders.com


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