Fall Fun for All: A Comprehensive Guide to Sensory Friendly Activities

BlueSprig October 19, 2023

Fall is finally here and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the crisp air, colorful leaves, and everything the season has to offer. But, if you or someone you know experiences sensory processing challenges, finding enjoyable fall activities can be a bit difficult. Fear not! BlueSprig is here to guide you on sensory-friendly fall activities that are fun and accessible to all. 

  1. Go for a sensory-friendly nature walk: Nature walks offer numerous sensory experiences that can be overwhelming for some, but by taking steps to make it a sensory-friendly walk, the experience can be more enjoyable. Bring along noise-cancelling headphones, sunglasses to reduce bright lights, and a fidget toy. Try going to parks with gentle inclines, well-defined trails, and less crowded areas. family hiking

  2. Apple Picking: Visit an apple orchard to pick fresh apples, taste different varieties, and even enjoy some apple cider donuts. Be mindful of the crowds and choose a time to go when it’s less busy to avoid overwhelming sensory stimulation.Young child picking apples from a tree

  3. Make homemade apple cider: Fall is all about apples, and what’s better than making homemade apple cider? Try this recipe for a fun family activity: Core and chop 10 apples, put them in a large pot with four cups of water and simmer for 30 minutes. Mash the apples with a potato masher, strain the mixture, and then return the cider to the pot with two cinnamon sticks and a cup of sugar. Stir and simmer for another 30 minutes, then serve hot or chilled. homemade apple cider

  4. Sensory-friendly pumpkin patch visit: Pumpkin patches are a must-visit for fall lovers, but the crowds, smells, and sounds can be overwhelming for those with sensory needs. Check out sensory-friendly pumpkin patches in your area and plan your visit for quieter times. Be sure to bring earplugs, hats, and sunscreen for sunny days. family at a pumpkin patch

  5. Create a sensory bin: Sensory bins are excellent for providing sensory stimulation, and they can be tailored to suit individual preferences. Fill a shallow container with rice, lentils, popcorn kernels, or anything else with a fun texture. Add fall-themed objects like mini pumpkins, acorns, and leaves, and encourage exploring and creating different patterns with their hands. small child playing with a sensory bin

  6. Paint pumpkins: Painting pumpkins is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit, and it’s also a sensory-friendly activity that allows for creativity. Set up a dedicated space with drop cloths and painting tools. Let your creativity show by painting with non-toxic paints and decorating with glow-in-the-dark glitter or sequins for added sensory input. Don’t forget to display your pumpkins proudly in your home or on your porch! painting pumpkins

  7. Leaf Art: Get creative with the vibrant fall leaves and make some sensory-friendly leaf art. You can collect and sort leaves by size, shape, and color, and create your own leafy masterpiece. It’s a great way to incorporate sensory play and stimulate creativity. painting leaves

We hope this guide helps you make the most of this wonderful season while enjoying some fun sensory-friendly activities with your loved ones. Remember, you can always adjust these activities to suit your family’s unique needs and preferences. Check your regional calendar listings or visit for information on sensory-friendly events and activities close to you! Happy fall!