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!
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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! *wink*
I picked up a few bags of black beans at Target and then also a bag at Dollar Tree. Black beans can be used for other sensory activities as well so they are good to have on hand. I let my toddler pick one bunch of flowers at the Dollar Tree and then I simply cut them to make individual blooms to “plant” in the pots. I found mini plastic pots at the Dollar Tree and also bought these silicone terra cotta baking cups which my son actually prefers. Of course, the insects and mini flowers are FAVORITES!
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 Ziploc 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!
Let this little guy be our reminder not to forget to stop to smell the flowers every once in awhile!