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How to Build a Garden Sensory Bin

garden sensory bin for kids with brown rice, small watering can, fake flowers, rubber worms, and kid-friendly gardening tools

Join us in building this cute garden sensory bin that is easy to assemble and excellent for toddlers+. Sensory bins are a great way for children to explore their senses and learn through play. They can provide various benefits, including developing gross and fine motor skills, calming effect, social-emotional development, cognitive development, and more!

There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating sensory bins for children, and there is most definitely one that is perfect for your child’s interests and needs.

How to Build a Garden-Themed Sensory Bin


  • Sensory Bin
  • Brown Rice
  • Rubber Worms
  • Small Planting Pots
  • Fake Flowers
  • Hand Gardening Shovel
  • Hand Gardening Rake
  • Small Watering Can


  1. Pour the brown rice to resemble the dirt into the bin.
  2. Place your pots in the rice and toss in the worms.
  3. Place your flowers in the pots.
  4. Add your gardening hand rake, shovel, and watering can.

There you have it – a beautiful gardening sensory bin that will keep your child occupied for hours!

Garden Sensory Bin – Video Tutorial

If you and your child enjoyed making this simple sensory bin, we have more interactive kids’ activities, parenting tips, and book recommendations in our Family Resource Library. Here are a few of our favorites:

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