Spring Garden Sensory Bin

After a long winter, as soon as my kids finally hear that it is “SPRING!”, they have visions of flowers and gardening and sunny bike rides. Welp, not quite yet, guys. If your weather is anything like ours, Spring brings it’s fair share of rainy and dreary days before finally brightening up. So while we wait on brighter days ahead, I came up with this Spring Garden Sensory Bin to keep them busy!

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A spring garden sensory bin is the perfect preschool activity to let kids and toddlers to dig in to gardening this spring- no dirt required! Mess free!

This simple garden sensory bin is great for imaginative play; my kids bake flower cakes, make bouquets, and of course plant and grow their own gardens. It’s also perfect for a whole range of ages (just supervise the little ones around the beans or choose a different filler!). We are also able to talk about the growing process of flowers, identify parts of flowers, and care of a garden. The best part? It’s mess free! Dig, plant, and repeat without any dirt!

It looks like my little gardeners-in-training will be ready to help me get our hands dirty in the real garden soon!

Indoor garden Sensory bin filled with pots, flowers, shovels, and watering cans

Along with the above sensory activity, I love keeping a few of these spring books in the playroom for continued exploration and learning!


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  • Suzanne
    March 20, 2021

    This is so cute! What a fun way to introduce gardening without all the mess!

    • jess
      March 22, 2021

      Absolutely! The kids want to dig alllll day long and I’m happy for there to be a way to do it with (relatively 😉 ) less of a mess!

  • Vanessa
    March 20, 2021

    Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?

    • jess
      March 22, 2021

      I’ve had the same dried beans for 3 years! I just put them in a plastic storage tote when we’re not using them and save them for the next time 🙂

  • Laura
    March 29, 2021

    Your garden tolls set actually links to garbanzo beans.

    • Laura
      March 29, 2021


    • jess
      April 3, 2021

      I appreciate you catching that- I fixed it!! Thank you!

  • Katie
    March 7, 2023

    Are garbanzo beans safe for toddlers? I teach 1 to 3 year olds

    • jess
      March 29, 2023

      Hi ! I would be cautious of using them with toddlers due to them being a potential choking hazard. I’ve used them in my home when I’m keeping an eye on my youngest, but in a classroom setting it may be tough to make sure no one is sneaking them into their mouths 😉 You could use things like kinetic sand, playdough, cheerios, rice instead 🙂

  • Marlenny Linda
    March 11, 2024

    What a creative idea and a great post! I will give this a try this spring!

  • Kathleen
    April 9, 2024

    Love this!!!

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