Pumpkin Patch Small World Sensory Play

Here’s a really fun small world perfect for Halloween- pumpkin patch small world! We used real hay and soil in this hands-on play invitation. Such a great outdoor sensory activity to encourage all kinds of pretend play right outside!

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Halloween Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Pumpkin Patch Small World Sensory Play ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Invitation to Play: Pumpkin Patch Small World Sensory Play

Lucy is so excited to head to the pumpkin patch this fall and choose her Halloween pumpkin! She has been talking about it frequently over the last few weeks. Lucy’s excitement for her upcoming trip the pumpkin patch inspired me to create our latest play invitation~ a small world sensory play pumpkin patch!

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Fall Invitation to Play: Pumpkin Patch Small World~ Buggy and Buddy

Materials for Halloween Sensory Play

  • Some type of large container to set up your play area (We used Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table.)
  • Hay
  • Dirt
  • Mini toy pumpkins (from our local craft store)
  • Toy tractors, trucks, and figurines (from our house)

Set-Up for Halloween Sensory Play

Fill half of your container with hay and the other half with dirt. Add some toy pumpkins to your dirt to make the pumpkin patch. Add any toys you have from home like tractors or trucks.


Fall Invitation to Play: Pumpkin Patch Small World~ Buggy and Buddy


How My Kids Played

There was such excitement on Lucy and Theo’s faces when they saw this invitation to play! Both kids started out by choosing pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and loading them up onto the trucks. Eventually their play turned into a pumpkin patch complete with a store. After choosing pumpkins, they’d drive them off to the store to purchase. Later they’d replant the pumpkins and start the process over again. Lucy is always very verbal when taking part in imaginative play. Her figurine had a lot to say! All the speaking done by Lucy seemed to serve as a great way to encourage Theo to interact as well. I noticed him really conversing with her! Theo seemed to mostly enjoy digging up pumpkins in the dirt with his tractor!


Fall Invitation to Play: Pumpkin Patch Small World~ Buggy and Buddy


Fall Invitation to Play: Pumpkin Patch Small World~ Buggy and Buddy


This was the perfect small world to set up outside. There was no worry about mess with it being in the backyard. When we are done with this small world, we plan on using the soil to plant some seeds in our little greenhouse and adding the rest of the soil to our fairy garden.

There’s no need to go out and buy new toys. Search around your house for some figurines your child loves or has maybe forgotten about. Placing them in this new setting may reignite their love of the forgotten toy!


Be sure to check out all the fall invitations to play shared each day this week from some of my favorite blogging friends and find some fall inspiration!

Simple Fall Themed Invitation to Play by My Nearest and Dearest

Fall Nature Collage Invitation to Create by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Squirrel Train Small World by Play Trains!

Fall Fine Motor Activity by Twodaloo

Pumpkin Patch Small World for Kids: Fun Halloween and fall sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers. A fun way to encourage pretend play! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. Such a great idea! My little farmer would LOVE this.

  2. This is seriously ADORABLE!! So creative!

  3. I love how the pumpkins glow like jewels against the dirt! The kiddo REALLY wants to do this.

  4. What fun! My son has had pumpkins on the brain since we got some at a farm market a couple of weeks ago. He would love this!

  5. This is so CUTE! My kids would love this! So creative. I just love your activities this week!

  6. Oh my gosh, this is super cute! LOVE this!! The glass pumpkins in the dirt look like such fun!

  7. This is so cool! Might have to make it into a book and bin series here! Would you come share at my sensory play linky party when you have a chance?

  8. Loved it! I am featuring it today! We will start our pumpkin play soon.

  9. Chevron cars and Legos, were you just at our house? LOL What a fun way to get them interested in the fall with a harvest of their own. Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂

  10. What a wonderful small world to play with. I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  11. Oh I just love this invitation to play! I know my preschoolers will love having this in our sensory table. Thanks for linking up to Share It Saturday. I’m featuring you this week!!

  12. This is one of the coolest small worlds ever. I’m featuring it on The Sunday Showcase this weekend. Thanks for linking up!

  13. This is one of the cutest small world set ups I’ve seen in quite a while! So glad it popped back up on my facebook wall. 🙂


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