Autumn Sensory play – Water

Autumn Sensory Play - water - an easy autumn activity for toddlers and beyond.


Did you see my post on our Autumn Sensory Tub? I find our sensory tubs get about a week’s worth of play out of them unless I change them around a bit. So this morning, when Little Miss was trying to climb up my leg so she could wash her hands, I had a bit of a brainwave.


Autumn sensory play - water- an easy autumn activity for toddlers and beyond.


I basically took everything that wasn’t a leaf or made of cardboard out of the Autumn tub and put it in water

  • Water
  • Muffin tray
  • Acorns
  • Pinecones
  • Conkers
  • If I’d have thought about it fresher leaves would have worked well too but the ones we have are a bit brown and dried out now.


Autumn sensory play -water - an easy autumn activity for toddlers and beyond.


Suffice to say – she loved it. We could do with a shallower tub if we’re going to play on the table like this – but I wasn’t really prepared for water play on the floor!

If you haven’t tried sensory tubs with toddlers I go into much more detail in the Autumn Tub post.

Tidying Up

I have learnt that it’s really good to ask Little Miss to help me tidy up once she’s bored of something. I’m not naive enough to think this is going to make much difference to her willingness to help when she’s older – I have a 7 year old who loved helping when he was little too! But, at the moment, she likes doing it so it actually extends the playing time. It also gives me a chance to repeat some simple language which is great for her speech development.

Autumn sensory play -water - an easy autumn activity for toddlers and beyond.

If you’ve got any other ideas of what we can do with these autumn bits before they go in the compost bin I’d love to hear them. You can comment here or I’m on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  (Click the boxes on the side bar)


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16 Responses to Autumn Sensory play – Water

  1. Nice to see you through #messandplay! I love your sensory bin and re-purposing for water play. There’s nothing like water play and little ones. So wonderful…both of my kids enjoy water play just about every day. Your little miss is adorable! I look forward to exploring your blog.

    • Beth at Bamm Boo says:

      Aw thanks. I’m quite proud of the photos – I’m trying to get over my fear of the fancy camera 😉

      She’s just about stopped trying to drink any water we put out for playing which means we can do more interesting things! x

  2. Ellen says:

    Ahh these are lovely, seasonal ideas. She’s such a cutie! My little guy is almost 1 so I feel like I need to start doing more activities with him but he still puts everything in his mouth so I have to be a little careful with what we do. #FamilyFun

  3. Josefine says:

    Looks like your little one had a great time! It’s great getting inspiration for when my boy is older, think if I attempted that now it would be all mess and no play 😉 #familyfun

  4. Sam says:

    This is such a good idea. My daughter loves playing with water. I’m not sure why I haven’t thought of doing something like this before now.. The pictures are so cute. X
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    • Beth at Bamm Boo says:

      Aw thanks – I’m really proud of the pictures (the light in the conservatory is fab at the moment- I need to make her play in there all of the time!!

      To be honest she’s always loved playing with water and I’ve never set anything up for her before 😉

  5. Helena says:

    This is a great way to teach them about their environment just make sure when dealing with water that they are supervised. #FamilyFun
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  6. I like the repurposing here that’s a brilliant idea. My son loves helping wash up but it’s difficult to wash the knives and breakables. I live how long it takes to do tidying when they help! When we put the cars and trains away they often come out again more than once!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    • Beth at Bamm Boo says:

      Thanks, I was quite proud of my genius 😉 We’ve been using them for all play dough too which I’m sure I’ll get round to writing about soon x

  7. tammymum says:

    Ah this is a great way to re use and idea. My daughter would love this especially with the water, she loves getting her hands wet and helping tidy up. Well helping to do anything actually, like you say it will no doubt be short lived but I will enjoy it while it lasts. Thank you for sharing with us at #familyfun

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