Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Garden Sensory Bin

Time for a new sensory box. Since spring is in the air, I decided I would make Alex a garden box.

The "dirt" in the box is some old coffee and espresso beans that my Mom was going to throw away.
I purchased the spade, rake, magnifying glass and butterflies at the Dollar Tree for $3. We already had the other insects, play veggies, terra cotta plant pot and flowers (really textured paint brushes).

I added a piece of styrofoam under the coffee grounds so that the flowers and butterfly would stand up. Plus Alex can move and "plant" them. 

I printed a template for the seed packet from here. I took some of the espresso beans and painted them to make "seeds."
This box will be a jumping off point for some seed, plant, vegetable/food, and insect lessons. Also some sorting games. Plus it is just fun to dig in and explore.


  1. So, so cute! I'm going to add this to my Spring Activities blog list! Thanks for sharing on It's Playtime!

    Rachele @Messy Kids

  2. looks very fun, thanks for linking up.

  3. We love sensory bins and are do for something new. I will have to keep this one in mind. I've been wanting to do a new one "bird" themed with birdseed.

  4. I haven't made on of these but it looks like fun- I am also going to send it to my sister in law her son has sensory isues and I think this would be a great project for him. I would love it if you shared this at Workshop Wednesday

  5. What a fun bin - I want to play with it! :)

    Actually your blog is full of so many wonderful ideas I would love it if you could please take a moment to link up on my new Kids Craft & Educational type linky party - The Sunday Showcase which just started today! It will be a weekly linky party!

    Here is the direct link to link-up: http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/2011/05/sunday-showcase-51511.html

    The more wonderful ideas we share - the more inspiration we all have! :) I hope you can come link-up and "showcase" your amazing work!

    Bernadette - Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

  6. I love sensory bins- so many opportunities to learn and grow! Love the spring time theme! Thanks for linking up with us at The Sunday Showcase ;-)

  7. thanks for sharing this @ Workshop Wednesday! Hope to see you again!

  8. Your sensory bin is featured on this week's Sunday Showcase - stop by to grab your button & be sure to link up some more great ideas!


  9. Adorable! Sensory bins are one of my favorite things - this one is very creative!