Sensory bins are so much fun for kids! This garden sensory bin is the perfect spring activity for kids. It strengthens creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills. This spring sensory bin is a great way to entertain children.
SPRING SENSORY BIN
It seems the theme this week is S P R I N G! I’m seriously SO excited to share this children’s garden sensory bin with you since my boys have actually really enjoyed it the last few weeks! It’s provided lots of creative play and it keeps my 3-year-old’s attention for more than 5 minutes so that’s always a WIN!
Sensory activities can be good for so many reasons but this particular sensory activity allows for so much creativity. Honestly, most activities I introduce my boys to I’m reminded that there is no “right” way. I may have one idea how they will enjoy it and they always show me their individual ways to learn and play!
SENSORY SPRING GARDEN MATERIALS:
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- Plastic tub
- Black beans (2-3 bags)
- Artificial flowers
- Clear Carrot Shaped Fillable Containers
- Miniature Silicone Terra Cotta Pots
- Plastic Flowers
- Plastic Insects
- Garden Tool Set
There was actually very little prep necessary after I gathered up the supplies we planned to use. Of course, there is so much variety that can be done with your sensory garden but this is how we customized our garden and it just might plant seeds for how you can make your own!
I picked up a few bags of black beans. Black beans can be used for other sensory activities as well so they are good to have on hand. I let my toddler pick out a cluster of artificial flowers and then I cut them to make individual blooms to “plant” in the pots. I found mini plastic pots and also bought these silicone terra cotta baking cups which my son actually prefers. Of course, the insects and mini flowers are FAVORITES!
Get creative with your garden sensory bin
It’s time to set the creativity free! I actually intended for this to be more of an activity for my 3-year-old but it never fails, when my 18-month-old sees his big brother doing something, he wants to be a part of it! Of course, our activities are always with my supervision since my little one will try to sneak a bean in his mouth every once in awhile but for the most part, he really enjoyed just filling the containers and then dumping them.
We’ve used our garden sensory bin both inside and outside. Outside clean-up is a breeze – just put all the garden accessories in a plastic storage bag, put the black beans in another bag, shake the tablecloth and clean-up is complete.
My 3.5-year-old plays very nicely indoors with this activity, I put down a tablecloth and he is pretty good about picking up any beans he spills but I’m not so generous with letting my 1.5-year-old play indoors. He doesn’t have any concept of keeping the beans in the bucket so this is a big brother only activity when indoors but honestly it’s nothing my vacuum can’t handle after all it’s sucked up in the past!
If you decide to give this spring garden sensory bin a whirl, be sure to let me know! Think of all the possibilities – how would you customize your garden sensory bin?
Looking for more spring sensory activities?
Check out these fabulous posts if you want more spring sensory bin inspiration: Spring Sensory Bins for Preschoolers and Toddlers, Spring Theme Activities for Preschoolers, and this Vegetable Garden Sensory Bin.