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.

Spring 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.

Spring Sensory TubSpring critters galore with a few broken down egg cartons for scooping and planting!

Spring Sensory TubI picked up kids sized gardening tool including gloves at Target.

Spring Sensory TubWe used black beans, potting soil, green lentils and coffee grounds for a base.

Spring Sensory TubMy toddler added in the rocks we collected yesterday, carefully placing them on the soil.

Spring Sensory TubSo pretty. Great sounds and colors.

Spring Sensory TubThese adorable carrots were great for scooping and fine motor skills. I picked up from Target.

Spring Sensory TubMy son loved his gardening gloves.

Spring Sensory TubFine motor skill work.

Spring Sensory TubI love this shot.

Spring Sensory TubSpring critters included ants, beetles, ladybugs, bees and crickets.

Spring Sensory TubA fully worked sensory tub.

Spring Sensory TubOur 14 month old loved digging around the tub!

Spring Sensory TubThis final series of shots epitomizes the sensory tub experience for us!

Spring Sensory Tub

Spring Sensory Tub

Spring Sensory Tub

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

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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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  5. says

    I like what you did with the rocks! I made this for my kids before, and they are loving it. I will definitely add the rocks with letters and will have fun time doing some competitions with them. Who gets a first word will have a gift.

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