If you are like me, you love a good themed sensory bin! I love that my kids can be entertained but in an educational and meaningful way. We love doing fun themes, relevant to our lives or what is happening in the world. I also love adding extra educational aspects to it, for instance using a sensory bin as a space for kids to search, find and record the alphabet. That is where this newest activity, a Flower Garden Sensory Bin with Alphabet Printables, came to be.
*This activity pairs perfectly with our Spring Math and Literacy Centers
Flower Garden Sensory Bin with Alphabet Printables
Since the sun is shining and snow has finally melted away, we are anticipating flowers sprouting up any time.
We are impatient, though, and decided that a fun flower garden inspired ABC Sensory Bin is exactly what we needed.
- Flower Pot
- Filler – We Used Pinto Beans
- Fake Flowers
- Plastic or Magnetic Letters
- Plastic Gardening Tools for Kids
- Coloring Utensils
- Flower Picking Printables (at the end of the post)
I filled our metal flower pot with pinto beans. I wanted black beans to resemble dirt, but I didn’t have any on hand. The pinto beans worked out really well, though.
Next I mixed in plastic letters. The first time I just used uppercase letters and the next we will use lowercase. This meant that we used one of the flower picking printables at a time.
If you are looking for more of a challenging activity, you could mix both upper and lowercase into the sensory bin and use both of the recording sheets.
As the letters are picked out, kids can find the corresponding flower that includes the matching letter on the Flower Picking sheet and color it in.
We used markers, but that is just what we had right in front of us. Any coloring utensil would work great.
If you are trying to conserve paper and use these for centers, you could easily laminate the flower picking sheet.
Once laminated the child could color the flower with a dry erase, use a manipulative to cover the letter (how cute would these mini erasers be?), or simply place the letter found in the sensory bin on top of the corresponding letter.
So many options, so much fun!
Grab Your Printables
Ready to try this fun sensory bin with your learners too? Grab your copy of the ABC printables by clicking the blue button below.
Then, for more ABC fun, hop over and grab our Butterfly ABC game!