We are so excited for spring in this house. We can’t wait to enjoy some warmer weather but until it arrives, we’ve been doing everything we can to bring Spring indoors with us. Our weekly sensory bin is probably my daughter Bean’s favorite activity that we do. She loves digging around in it and playing pretend. So this week we had fun with a spring sensory bin complete with dirt, bugs, flowers and more.
Since we do a sensory bin each week for preschool, I try my best to make them for $10 or less. Luckily most times an engaging and fun sensory bin can be put together with items from around the house and themed items can be picked up either at a dollar store or your local grocery store inexpensively.
Our spring sensory bin materials this week included:
- taste safe play dirt -$2.00/dollar store
- just mix 2 cups of flour and 1 can of chocolate frosting (easy peasy). This amount covered half of our 7 quart sensory bin
- dry pinto beans – $1/dollar store
- moss – $1/dollar store
- planter cups – $1 for a 4 pack/dollar store
- plastic garden scoops – $1/dollar store
- plastic bugs – $1/dollar store
- floral bird clip – $1/dollar store
- artificial flowers and leaves – $1/dollar store
Total – $9.00
Learning Ideas for a Spring Sensory Bin
It was a great activity to “play in the dirt,” plant flowers, and check out bugs. Some ideas for this sensory bin could include:
Parts of a Flower/How Plants Grow
You can use this bin to help teach about the parts of a flower. Using the artificial flowers you can discuss each part like stem, leaves, and so on. Kids can also play through the life cycle of a plant by planting their bean seed and harvesting the plants that “grow.”
Build a Nest
Your child can build a nest with moss and leaves for their decorative birds. It can be a great invitation to learn more about how birds build nests.
Learn About Bugs
Why are bugs important in the garden? Ick. But for real, many of them help to pollinate plants and they also are an important food source for other animals who help pollinate. So they are important.
Just Dig and Get Dirty
The dirt we used may not be the real deal, but it certainly felt like digging in the dirt. Bean had a great time shoveling, raking, and scooping and it made for just good messy fun.
For more spring activities, check out our spring preschool themed week here.
Happy learning and happy spring!