Planting Flowers Sensory Bin Gardening Activity for Preschoolers

It’s time to start thinking about planting flowers and of course, the real thing is lots of fun, but if you’re looking for a less messy alternative for little kids, here’s a fun planting flowers sensory bin gardening activity for preschoolers. You’re definitely going to want to check it out!

planting flowers activity with text: Planting Flowers Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the fact that my baby is turning four in a few weeks. It seems like just yesterday that I was cuddling with a tiny newborn swaddled in a blanket. It’s totally bittersweet, y’all! I mean, seriously. Where has the time gone?

preschooler digging in gardening sensory bin
While we’re on the subject, we’re getting closer and closer to baby girl’s arrival as well. And we’re definitely all kinds of excited to be welcoming her into our lives this summer.

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

preschooler dumping small dish of pretend dirt into gardening sensory bin
We’ve had a blast around here planting both real and pretend flowers. The little guy spent some time outside planting flowers with daddy on Mother’s Day weekend.

preschooler scooping pretend dirt into gardening sensory bin
And this week, we of course did this fun planting flowers sensory activity that was sort of a spin-off of one of the activities that were in the Teacher Guide.

Planting Flowers Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

What you’ll need

Here’s how to do it

  • Add black beans to activity tub or other small container.
  • Set out small flower pots, kid’s gardening tools, and flowers.
  • Encourage little kids to plant flowers using the provided supplies.

And of course if you’re looking for other Growing Gardens Activities, you can find them here:

We grabbed one of our rainbow sensory bins, added some colorful plastic bowls for pretend flower pots, and tossed in our kid’s gardening tools.

gardening sensory bin with pretend dirt, gardening tools, and flowers
The little guy started by using a shovel to fill one of the pretend flower pots with black beans. Once he had it completely filled, he decided to dump it out and fill it up again.

preschooler scooping pretend dirt into flower pot
He was all about his kids’ gardening tool set. He filled and spilled and poured and dumped for quite a while.

preschooler scooping pretend dirt in gardening sensory bin
I’m always surprised by how long such a simple activity holds his attention. And especially when it involves something sort of messy.

preschooler filling flower pot with pretend dirt
When he finally got his flower pot filled just the way he wanted it, he of course planted his pretend flowers.

flower figurine planted in pretend flower pot
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Growing Gardens theme. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.

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planting flowers activity with text: Sensory Activity Gardening Play for Preschoolers

2 Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE this sensory bin idea! Please could you tell me the brand of your colorful cups/bowls? I’ve seen in other posts larger bowls that look the same. I’m in love with their design!

  2. Hiya Heather! The colorful cups/bowls that I used for this activity were from Walmart. I found them in the kitchen section a while back. Hope that helps! 🙂

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