This Flower Sensory Soup is so much fun for early learners! It’s a great way to use real flowers and have them explore with feeling and scent.
Water play is my toddler N’s favorite kind of sensory activity! Most recently, he enjoyed a Green Sensory Soup, and this time, I added my birthday flowers that were just about to fade to his water table – and N had a blast with his Flower Sensory Soup!
Anything that you can do when the kids are young to help them get their hands active to play with sensory activities is always a good idea! This sensory bin idea is simple and fun to put together!
Be certain to check out our Flower Toddler Activities too!
Flower Sensory Soup
Being able to use fresh flowers for this sensory activity has so many different positive aspects to it. The kids will love going outside and picking the flowers and having them ready to add.
If you aren’t able to use fresh flowers, you can improvise quickly by using fake flowers as well but just know that it doesn’t give the same affect. (or smell as nice, either!)
Recommended Flower Books for Kids
Bring flowers into your home to learn more about flowers and how they work. See how they grow from a seed to an adult flower in full bloom.
You can even get fun books about how to plant flowers and grow your own as well. That could be a really great activity for the kids to take charge of growing and caring for something that they’ll love!
A Weed Is a Flower: The Life of George Washington CarverOh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)Planting a RainbowThe Little Gardener (Teenie Greenies)The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds (Explore!)Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book)
Materials for Flower Sensory Soup
Below are the simple supplies you’ll need to make this flower sensory bin idea.
- Water table (optional; we definitely love ours and get a lot of use out of it, but you can use a sensory bin just as easily).
- Fresh flowers.
- Kitchen utensils.
I actually added a little bit of soap to the sensory soup, but the bubbles didn’t last long because there wasn’t enough soap compared to the amount of water. If you want long-lasting bubbles, only use the minimum amount of water you need to get the soap to react. (Here’s a post about it: How to Make Colorful Soap Foam.)
N immediately started exploring the flowers.
He particularly enjoyed using a container to scoop up flowers and water at the same time
before pouring it all out again. His technique ensured that the front of his t-shirt was quite wet by the time he was done with this activity 😉
And of course he spent some time splashing around in the water, as he always does.
N wasn’t particularly interested in the kitchen utensils this time, although he did spend some time fishing for flowers with the ladle.
He was quite gentle with the flowers for the most part, but in the end, he had fun picking them up by the handfuls, squeezing them, and pulling them apart.
We were both very happy with this super simple, super fun sensory water play activity!