Fall is such a wonderful time of year. It's filled with cooler weather and lots of sensory experiences. Think of all the colors, textures, and scents associated with fall. My girls love an activity that involves using multiple senses, so this sensory acorn craft was a fun way for us to spend an afternoon exploring.
I drew a large acorn shape onto card stock and the kids cut out the acorn shapes. (Younger kids may need some grownup assistance with this step.)
My daughters painted the acorn template using the glue/paint mixture. They painted brown for the bottom on white for the top.
We opened up our coffee grounds and the kids explored by smelling the grounds and feeling the texture of the grounds between their fingers. My girls were not fond of the smell of the coffee...but I, on the other hand, enjoyed the smell of coffee in the air. My daughters sprinkled the grounds on the bottom part of the acorn.
We then opened up the oatmeal and smelled and touched the grains. I asked the girls to compare the oatmeal to the coffee grounds. My girls like the oatmeal a lot more and said that the smell reminded them of cookies. They added the oatmeal to the top of the acorn and patted everything down firmly to ensure that the coffee and oatmeal stuck well to the wet paint/glue mixture.
While the projects dried, we compared the colors, smell, and feel/texture of both ingredients. Both girls found the overall scent and texture of the oatmeal much more appealing than the coffee.