Spring Garden Sensory Tub

Today we launched full force into Spring with a gardening sensory tub. Originally I thought we’d be doing this tub indoors but we lucked out with weather today. We used a 28 quart storage container.

IMG 4676 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubWe collected rocks on the beach yesterday. Last night I painted them so that my preschooler could hunt for the rock letters and spell S-P-R-I-N-G and E-A-R-T-H.

IMG 4677 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubSpring critters galore with a few broken down egg cartons for scooping and planting!

IMG 4678 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubI picked up kids sized gardening tool including gloves at Target.

IMG 4682 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubWe used black beans, potting soil, green lentils and coffee grounds for a base.

IMG 4685 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubMy toddler added in the rocks we collected yesterday, carefully placing them on the soil.

IMG 4688 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubSo pretty. Great sounds and colors.

IMG 4690 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubThese adorable carrots were great for scooping and fine motor skills. I picked up from Target.

IMG 4693 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubMy son loved his gardening gloves.

IMG 4703 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubFine motor skill work.

IMG 4705 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubI love this shot.

IMG 4708 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubSpring critters included ants, beetles, ladybugs, bees and crickets.

IMG 4758 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubA fully worked sensory tub.

IMG 4759 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubOur 14 month old loved digging around the tub!

IMG 4761 300x225 Spring Garden Sensory TubThis final series of shots epitomizes the sensory tub experience for us!

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A complete list of what we included:

  1. 28 quart sized storage container
  2. Kids sized gardening tools
  3. Kids sized gardening gloves
  4. Egg cartons for scooping
  5. Bug figurines
  6. Rocks without and with painted letters to spell SPRING and EARTH
  7. Potting soil
  8. Black beans
  9. Green lentils
  10. Small watering can
  11. Coffee grounds
  12. Plastic Carrot Easter containers
  13. Melissa & Doug Fruits & Vegetables
  14. Green porcupine balls

Thank you for visiting us today! I hope that we inspired you!

 Spring Garden Sensory Tub


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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and WhattoExpect.com.
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  1. says

    Oh wow! I love this! We made a Spring gardening sensory bin too, but ours is completely different. Are those the creepy crawly bugs from the Target section as well? It looks like it lol. We love the Target bargain aisle. Great pics :)
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    • says

      Thanks Crystal! I don’t remember where we picked up those critters, maybe a Safari Toob, although in fairly certain it wasn’t Target. I do love the dollar section in Target! :-)

  2. patty says

    what are green porcupine balls?? they look cool… I love this tub idea! Thanks for taking time to post great ideas

    • says

      Porcupine balls are made of vinyl, I believe. Kids love the texture. Imagine a bouncy ball with soft ‘porcupine’ spikes. They are great for all sorta of activities! Amazon carries them.

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