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 garden sensory bin is a great way to entertain children.
Garden SENSORY BIN
I’m seriously SO excited to share this children’s garden sensory bin with you since my children have really enjoyed it the last few weeks! It’s provided lots of creative play and it keeps their attention.
Sensory activities can be good for so many reasons but this particular sensory activity allows for so much creativity. Often when I introduce activities to my kids, they remind me that they will explore in their own unique way! I may have an idea how children will enjoy a sensory bin but they always show me their individual ways to learn and play.
SENSORY SPRING GARDEN MATERIALS:
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- Children’s sensory table
- Storage box (2)
- Black beans (2-3 bags)
- Artificial flowers
- Clear Carrot Shaped Fillable Containers
- Silicone 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 flower garden and it just might plant seeds for how you can make your own!
I used 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. We ordered the artificial flowers and then I cut them to make individual blooms to “plant” in the pots. I found mini plastic pots and also bought silicone baking cups which my kids prefer. Of course, the insects and mini flowers are FAVORITES!
Get creative with your sensory garden bin
It’s time to set creativity free! Be sure to use this activity while children are supervised so they don’t put the pieces in their mouths. My kids love filling the pots with black beans and dumping them. Sensory bins are a great way to develop the senses, especially the sense of touch. This garden bin experience exposes kids to various textures. Some kids may love to pour and hear the beans falling into the bin. There are countless meaningful benefits to using sensory bins.
How To Extend The Sensory Experience
There are so many opportunities for open play with sensory bins but there can also be guided activities too. Some ideas to extend the play:
- Encourage Imagination
- Reading about flowers and gardens
- Take about how flowers grow
Books To Pair with the Garden Sensory Bin
- The Tiny Seed
- The Little Gardener
- Touch & Feel: Colors
- The Backyard Bug Book for Kids
- Flower Garden Coloring Book
- My Growing Garden Flip-a-Flap
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, lay down a tablecloth, and then shake it out.
A tablecloth under the sensory bin or table indoors also helps with cleanup. Also, the black beans can be vacuumed easily. Talk to your children about expectations of keeping the sensory play in a set space.
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?
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