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It’s not always a a day full of sunshine when Spring comes in to play. The weather will be getting warmer but we know that April showers bring May flowers. Sometimes we get stuck inside and just need to get our hands in to the dirt as if we were able to garden. Kids love to play with dirt no matter what the weather! This DIY sensory box for Spring play is easily transitional to keep inside or take outside. I do warn you though, if taken outside, it may turn in to a muddy garden of play! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
What you will need for your DIY sensory box for Spring Play:
1- Bag of dirt from your local home improvement store, or if you have some to spare in your backyard, grab it for free there!
– Packets of seeds. This can be vegetable seeds, fruit seeds, or flower seeds. Having different variations are great because they vary in color, shape, and size. You can also leave many sealed in the packets to be shaken for sound.
–Plastic flower pots. These are great because if you do decide to let water be a part of the play outside, most have tiny holes that will drain out and that brings an additional element of sensory fun to the activity.
–Fake flowers of assorted colors, sizes, and lengths.
-Small plastic shovels or spoons. You could also get a children’s gardening tool set which would include other fun items such as gardening gloves (This may take away from the sensory element but is a great way to showcase true gardening for when your child is ready to help you!), a rake, and a trowel. You could also go big and go for something like this darling gardening wagon with tools.
If you want to go a little further you can always add in some small river rocks, fake plastic insects, and even a fake plastic snake, or fake plastic frogs as long as the child is interested in these types of things and it will not scare them you can make the call on what other fun trinkets to include.
Let their imagination’s run wild and don’t forget, kids will be kids and no matter if you add the water or not, they will get messy!