Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Spring Sensory Box and Activities

Having a preschooler helps me experience the merits of sensory boxes. Having a preschooler who is a major sensory seeker pushes sensory boxes up to “necessary” status.

We love to incorporate seasons around here, especially since my son learned the signs for the seasons. The concepts of seasons (time) aren’t quite understood yet, but the more we discuss the seasons, the more familiar they become.

Sensory box + current season = Spring sensory box!

Spring Sensory Box

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

What’s in our Spring Sensory box:

  • Beans (to pretend as “pebbles” or “seeds” and for that awesome sensory feel)
  • Shredded green construction paper as “grass” (an alternative to buying the fake Easter basket grass)
  • Two birds’ nests (50 cents each from our local craft store)
  • Fake flowers (caught these on sale at our craft store for about $1.50 for two bunches)
  • Small toy duck (dollar section of craft store)
  • Small toy chick (dollar section of Target)
  • Small plastic planter ($1 from Target, good for pretend play, scooping, and filling)
  • Two small plastic kid shovels
  • A few plastic eggs 

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Activities for a Spring Sensory Box

Pretend Play:

-Fill up the planter cup with “grass” and plant a few “seeds” in it. Pretend water it, then place some flowers in that “grew!”

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Pretend play growing a flower garden… with some sweet toes, too.

-We used one of the books we had on hand with a momma bird, egg, nest, and baby bird. We talked about the pictures, and then acted out a momma bird on her nest with the sensory box props. My son doesn’t pretend play with objects much, so I usually have to model it several times (sometimes over several days) before he joins in.

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

-Bring in some LEGO characters or other toy figures to play in the sensory box, too.

Categorizing:

  • I asked my son to “find all the animals.” The day we tried this skill, he wasn’t focusing as well. To guide him, I picked up one object at a time and asked “is this an animal?” He would say, Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand“Noooo” or “Yes!”—usually correctly. This simple modification also allows those with speech delays to work on categorizing and answering questions.
  • Find all the tools to scoop with.
  • Find all blue/green/yellow objects. 

Fine Motor Skills:

  • Scooping
  • Pouring
  • Pincer grasp
  • Using both hands/bilateral movement (to put eggs together, to hold cup in one hand and scoop with the other)
  • Lots of scooping and pouring!

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Math:

-Count animals, beans, and more.
-Introduce “more” and “less” using beans.

Speech:

  • Model and make animal sounds.
  • Practice and label common words and signs (“egg,” “beans,” “grass”).
  • Introduce new vocabulary, both nouns and verbs (“nest,” “scoop,” “hatch”).

Other Activities:

Music – My mother had the great idea to fill a plastic egg with beans to make it an “egg shaker!” Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand We shook to a beat, used directional words (“shake it to the side,” “shake up/down”), and shook on body parts (“shake it on your feet,” “shake it on your back”).

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand
-When both kids play, we absolutely work on sharing and taking turns. It’s so sweet when they play cooperatively. {commence momma heart metling}
Baby play – describe objects (smooth, soft, prickly), name objects, make animal sounds, and more. My girl decided it’d be fun to pick out objects one at a time and hand them to my mother to get a “thank you” every time. :-) Definitely a fun game.

(Note: This sensory box has small items. Any time I have this sensory box out while the baby is awake, I watch her extremely carefully so she does not put any beans in her mouth.)

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Our goal is to use our sensory box once or twice a week throughout the season, working on various skills each time, plus some basic free play.

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

What would you add to a Spring sensory box? What kinds of skills do you include in sensory box play? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

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9 thoughts on “Spring Sensory Box and Activities

  1. Stef Layton

    I never would have thought of adding beans – what a great idea! (here in FL we’d have to add rain – lots of afternoon rain!) Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand

      Beans are one of my son’s favorite sensory items, but this is the first sensory box I’ve added them to. They’re great for the weight, feel, and sound.
      And, my kids would totally love to add “rain” to anything they play with! Hah.
      Thanks so much for stopping by, Stef!

  2. Ivy

    What a great idea! And I already have all of the items needed too; I just need to gather them. My toddler will love it and I’m sure even his elder sister will, too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kirstylee Cassidy

    So cute! I love that scoop. Where did you find it? I’m convinced now that a scoop is just what our sensory bin needs to get my toddler more excited about it.

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