Sunflower Garden Sensory Bin

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My little man absolutely loves flowers. There is nothing cuter than when he puts a flower to his nose and takes a big whiff, even if they are faux. Kids love experiencing through play what they can then explore in the world.

A garden sensory bin can help your littles learn about planting, gardening & caring for a living thing. All of the scooping, digging & plating promotes fine motor skills & its fun! Even if they’re young you can incorporate fun facts about flowers, it’s amazing how much littles actually soak in.


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Building a Bin

You want a thick base of sunflowers so you can do a lot of planting at once. We use small terra cotta pots but you can use plastic if you’re worried about breakage. Art Bin handle cases are perfect for storage but we still use a large plastic bin because sensory bins are messy! Not quite sure why, but kids love kitchen utensils! We have utensils just for sensory play because I could not find a pair of tongs in the kitchen. Now we’re ready to garden!


A garden sensory bin is a perfect time to talk about seasonal flowers & the colors you see in that season. What is better in the fall than sunflowers. All of our local pumpkin patches have sunflower gardens and what a sight!

Did you know that Sunflowers are part of the Daisy family? It’s like you’re getting a bright, sun-loving daisy that is as big as your head!

Sunflower Facts

  • Scientific Name: Helianthus
  • Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family)
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Order: Asterales
  • There are about seventy species of sunflowers
  • They are native to North and Central America
  • They grow five to ten feet!

Now that you have all of your supplies you’re ready to start your own sunflower garden. Get to planting!

What kind of flowers would you like to see in a Winter garden?

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