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!
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.
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
- 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!