Plant, pour, and pinch with this spring garden sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers. Kids will have fun exploring vegetables and working on their fine motor skills as they plant carrots and pour beans.
My kids absolutely adore this carrot garden sensory bin and we think your kids will love it too!
How to Make Play Intentional with This Garden Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are more than just an activity that will keep your kids occupied. Sensory bins offer kids open-ended exploration that when used with intention can work on a vast variety of developmental skills.
Some of those academic skills are:
- Fine Motor Strength
- Oral Language Development
- Creativity and Imagination
- Social Emotional Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Beginning Math and Science (such as volume, measurement, and counting)
and so much more!
When playing with this garden sensory bin with your toddler or preschooler let them lead the way while asking them about what they are experiencing. It is amazing to watch a child figure out the materials and what they are exploring when there is no expectation of how the activity is supposed to turn out.
No wrong answers. Just exploration and hands on play.
How to Make a Garden Sensory Bin
Items Needed for the Vegetable Garden Sensory Bin
- Carrot Easter Eggs (we snagged ours at Dollar Tree but they are also available on Amazon)
- Navy Beans
- Black Beans
- Gel Food Dye (we love this brand of gel food dye)
- Fine Motor Jumbo Tweezers
- Sandwich Bag
- Parchment Paper
- Tray or Bin (we are in love with these trays from IKEA)
Watch This Video to Learn How to Dye the Navy Beans for this Garden Sensory Bin
(It’s so ridiculously easy)
1. Add Navy Beans and gel food dye to a sandwich bag. Seal and shake until the beans are completely covered.
2. Pour beans on to the parchment paper and set them aside until they fully dry.
3. Once dry add all the items to your bin or tray and play!
Easy peasy 🙂
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And if you aren’t making this garden sensory bin right this second don’t forget to pin it for later!