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Gardening Sensory Bin

This Gardening Inspired Sensory Bin is the perfect kids activity for engaging busy little gardeners this summer. Let your kids plant a garden with a little imaginative play.



Gardening by its very nature is a sensory activity, and what better way to introduce your children to Gardening than with this simple sensory bin? Our Gardening Bin includes everything your kids need for a garden-themed play experience.

Beach toys are perfect for little hands, and are an inexpensive way to get your kids gardening no matter the weather or season!            

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Our Finding Dory sensory bin was such a hit with the girls that I decided to build them another surprise.

I found the essential items for this bin all at Dollarama (Dollar Tree has similar so either store works) aside from the black beans which were a couple dollars at the grocery store.

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Gardening Sensory Bin


Supplies Needed:

Large Shallow Bin (with lid for easy storage)
2 900g Black Beans
Bamboo Mini Pots (Found at Dollarama)
Fabric Flowers
Wire Cutters
Plastic Sand Tools (Rake and Shovel)



Fill the bin  and pots with the black beans.


Measure the fabric flower stems to make sure they fit the pots.


Trim the excess stem with the wire cutters.

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“Plant” the flowers in the pots and arrange them in the bin along with the sand tools.

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My girls were so excited to start playing with the bin and immediately understood that the beans were representing dirt and that the idea was to have fun planting their own garden.

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They played for ages with this gardening sensory bin and only stopped when it started to rain on us.

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It’s such a fun way to engage them with imaginative, hands-on play and get them busy with an activity they love!

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The best part is that the entire thing was under $20 to buy the parts for and it has provided so much fun!

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This sensory bin is seriously the easiest way to provide hours of engaged fun for kids. Enjoy!

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Wednesday 15th of August 2018

Awesome article, Elizabeth! This is a great idea for starting gardening together with your kids!

kristen visser

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

not only is this beautiful but it is SUCH a great idea. My oldest is autistic so she would really benefit from this. From playing with it to potting her own flower, she would have a blast. definitely showing her therapists this idea

Debbie S.

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

I just love this! What a fun way to introduce children to gardening, even in the winter!


Friday 23rd of December 2016

This is a great idea and something littles would enjoy.


Tuesday 1st of November 2016

What a great idea and very cute I may add!