By Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola
Spring has sprung and even if it hasn’t in your part of the country, I’ve got you covered! This garden sensory box is the perfect activity to help kick off spring with your kiddos. The best part, at least for me, is that no green thumb is required. You will be able to find most of the supplies needed for this mini garden at the dollar store or Target dollar spot.
My favorite thing about sensory boxes is that they encourage learning through play, which is how kids learn and communicate best. For a more structured lesson while using this box, you can have your child count the flowers or sort by color. For older children, you can check out age appropriate books on gardening and the environment. You’ll find that a box full of sand will turn into hours of fun and learning!
- Small plastic bin (the bin I used was 16 x 23 inches)
- 3–4 fake flower bunches
- Wire cutters
- Child-sized gardening tools
Step 1: Fill a small plastic bin with sand, rocks or even uncooked rice. If your child is younger and still in the “put everything in your mouth stage,” you can fill the bin with dry cereal.
Step 2: Use wire cutters to separate flowers from the bunch, so you have a bunch of individual stems.
Step 3: Place child-sized gardening tools (gloves, water pail, shovel, etc.) near the sand bin and invite your child to “garden.”