When those first hints of green touch the trees, and the daffodils start poking through, you know it’s spring. There’s something about the air in spring that smells a little sweeter. Spring is a feast for the senses, so celebrate spring with a spring sensory bin!
The smell of awakening earth, the sound of birdsong, the feel of soft breezes and sticky sap are all reminders of the newness of spring. It’s a riot of sights, sounds, smells and things to taste and feel. Spring is messy, noisy and wild.
And children love to indulge in sensory exploration. Here’s a quick, easy and relatively clean way to let your kids explore spring, even if the weather outside doesn’t cooperate.
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Start your spring exploration with a good story. Cuddle up with your kids and let them get into spring with some of our favorite spring stories and resources. Add a few of your own too!
Your spring sensory bin doesn’t take a lot of things to create. All it takes a few flowers, bugs, some grass, and maybe a bird or two.
Of course, don’t use the real thing here. Some paper-based fake grass, such as the kind used in Easter baskets, will give you the base to your sensory bin. You could also use plastic, or if you like, dried grass. Though, if you do use dried grass, be careful. It will crumble easily, and may turn into dust — and that can cause an allergic reaction.
Put it all into your plastic container — preferably one with a resealable lid, so that you can save it for later.
Then decorate your grass with your flowers. Remove the flowers from their plastic stems, and sprinkle the flowers over the grass. Bright colors are best, but you don’t have to use just one color. Experiment with different colors.
Now you can add in your spring creatures. Use a variety of sizes and creatures, but don’t overwhelm your bin with too many different kinds. Think spring when choosing what you add.
I chose a bird, some dragonflies and butterflies. Other choices could be frogs, ladybugs, bumblebees and bunnies.
Consider the size of your bin when adding in your creatures. Make sure you give your children room to play! Also, try to choose animals and insects with different colors. I chose white butterflies and pink dragonflies to contrast with my yellow bird and flowers.
The last thing to do is to let your children play in their new sensory bin. Give them a magnifying glass to help them explore. They can rustle the grass to listen to the sound it makes, and feel the softness of the petals. And you can help them make their animals move.
Sensory bins can be so much fun! If your children beg for more sensory exploration, check out some of my other sensory bin tutorials below.