Everyone learns best by doing so I made a gardening sensory bin for my preschoolers to explore gardening. Obviously, we can garden outdoors but our wet spring was causing problems with that. Our gardening sensory bin was a hit! Like most sensory bins it was messy so if you can take this outdoors that would be ideal. We used it indoors a few days before moving it out to our outdoor play space.
Gardening Sensory Bin
Create your own gardening sensory bin with a few simple materials. Add whatever else you think may be of interest. We used a tray to put the potted plants on.
- Potting Soil
- Silk Plants
- Gardening Tools
- Small pots
- Vegetable Manipulative Counters
- Gardening gloves (optional)
- Water (optional)
I bought the small pots and rocks at the Dollar Tree. The flowers are from Michael’s.
There’s nothing like digging in the dirt!
It wasn’t just the girls interested in this bin even though there were flowers involved. Everyone played here.
I recommend small pots which mean less dirt should be spilled if one is dumped!
A variety of items creates interest and options for playing.
Don’t forget the greens! They really liked this fern type plant.
Here’s our flower collection:
Even the school agers were all over this activity after school!
I’d buy those beautiful flowers!
The flowers look real!
As you can see, this is a little messy. Fun though!
I’d call that a success! Happy planting!