I really wanted to bring a little of it indoors for E to really put his hands in it. So I created two baskets for him (and the oldest as well) to discover.
The squash basket:
I put together a basket of squash to be explored. They are rather small, perfect for handling in the hand of a small child.
E loves to get them out and we name them when he does. We've been talking a lot about colors, so he points to the colors for us to name them.
For the benefit of my oldests, I have gotten a magnifying glass out for them to really look at the squash. I have also left cards with the names of the squash near the basket and a book about squash for them to look through.
I like being able to set a multi age activity that has an interest for everybody.
The sensorial autumn basket
M has been asking for one in a while. A sac of black eye bean seen at the grocery store inspired it
I wanted to add to it every bit of autumn. The falling leaves, the acorns, nuts, halloween, and so a little bit of everything created this.
You'd think children get over these at some point. Well, I can say that this is a hit for everybody, older and younger. E loves just playing with the beans, while M and W really uses the entire material at disposal to pour, stir, hide, count and so on.
Just a note of caution though...
if you use beans with a young children, make sure that you always have the child under supervision so that he does not put the beans in his mouth and choke.