Since Spring and flowers are the season of growth, it would probably be a good time for me to express my love for sensory play activities and how they help us grow! Sensory activities are the perfect way to bring the nature of spring indoors during unpredictable rainy days. Another great perk of sensory play is that they require just a few materials and will keep your child busy for hours. Your child will love this Fresh Flower Soup Spring Sensory Bin for Kids, and you will REALLY love how easy it is to set up!

– Life Over C's Photo collage showing a sensory bin made with water and cut up flowers.

Recommended Grade Level:

Flower Soup Sensory Play Supplies:

  • Bin
  • Water
  • Flowers (fresh or Silk)
  • Ladles, Spoons and measuring cups

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What is Soup Sensory Play?

Sensory play activities are activities that engage a child’s senses, and “soup” sensory play involves the use of water in sensory. That is an added benefit of teaching things like temperature, wet, cold, dry and moist!

Sensory activities allow children to use their senses. All senses, including sight, sounds, smell, taste, or touch to explore. With soup sensory, this really ignites the senses of touch– but the flower soup is going to also awaken the sense of smell in your child.

Sensory activities for toddlers can be as simple as using play dough, engaging in water play, or playing in an ice sensory idea!

Any activity that allows your preschooler the chance to use their senses to explore is a great sensory activity that comes with many benefits.

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How to Use Flower Soup Sensory Bin

The preschool teacher in me wants to scream from the rooftops how important sensory play is! As young children grow and develop they must participate in sensory play activities.

Sensory play activities are wonderful for brain development. Thie Flower Soup Sensory play is going to bring the added bonus of imaginative play for your students. They can pretend their soup is from a cafe, they can pretend it is hot or cold, and they can pretend to be chefs.

Since many sensory play ideas allow for open-ended play, children are given practice with making decisions and using their problem-solving skills as they play! And this sensory activity is great to do as a group!

Sensory play is all about hands-on learning and is great for developing fine motor skills!

Materials You Will Need for Flower Soup Sensory PLay:

  • Bin
  • Flowers
  • Water
  • Ladles/Spoons/Measuring Cups
– Life Over C's A bouquet of flowers next to a plastic bin with water at the bottom.

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Flower Soup Sensory Bin

Step One:

Finding the perfect bin for the Flower Soup Sensory Bin is a must. You need one that is deep enough to keep the water in and not splish splashing everywhere! Then place all the flowers you want students using in the bin!

– Life Over C's Overhead shot showing cut up flowers, a bowl, scoops, and water inside a plastic bin.

Step Two:

Fill the bin up the amount you want students to have!

Teacher Tip: You can always add more water to the bin, and it’s easier to add more than take some out. Start with a little, then add more.

– Life Over C's Someone is using a small ladle to scoop flowers and water from the bin into a small bowl.

Step Three:

Using soup spoons and bowls, ladle out some “flower soup” to friends in the sensory bin group! Stop and smell the roses has a new meaning also because it will smell AMAZING.

– Life Over C's A white bowl is full of colorful cut up flowers with a small orange ladle sitcking out.

Yay! You made your Flower Soup Sensory Bin! Now what?

The great thing about these sensory bins is how few materials there are and how easy they are to replace! This bin can be drained and used again for a week or so. You can also trade in regular flowers for silk flowers. The fake flowers would be used year after year, but would not smell as fresh or vibrant!

Ways to Adapt/Modify/Differentiate this Flower Soup Sensory Bin

  • Flower Spelling- Our CVC flower mat is the perfect activity to use to modify this sensory bin. You can practice spelling, writing words and decoding words all centered around with this sensory bin!
  • Work on fine motor skills by allowing the kids to cut their own flowers to put in the sensory bin. Our flower cutting tray is a great project to do alongside the sensory bin.
  • Flower and Tree Theme Preschool Lesson Plans– these plans are the perfect thing to bring into your classroom to use in conjunction with the Flower Soup Sensory Bin!
  • Math Games– Bringing math into the classroom is so important, so using this flower pot activity to bring math in and connect to the flower soup sensory bin!

More Ways to Explore Flowers

Frequently Asked Questions

These are frequently asked questions about our Flower Soup Sensory Bin.

How long will the Flower Soup Sensory Bin Last?

Just like putting flowers in a vase, flowers will continue to be usable for several days. To test it out, we left our flowers in the sensory bin for up to 4 days and the flowers looked ‘like new’. After that we removed the flowers and dried them to use in other art projects, so I do not know how much longer they would have lasted in the water without getting slimey.

Can we reuse the items from this bin?

You can! If they are live flowers- they may not hold up well use after use. But if you get them out and pat them down to dry, you should be able to get a couple of days use out of it. We used our dried off flowers to create a Flower Paper Plate Wreath.

Can I use fake flowers in the flower soup sensory bin?

You are absolutely able to use fake flowers in this sensory bin! Your students won’t get the same tactile input or smell sensory activated. But if they are cheaper, or available to you— go for it! Plus, you can use fake flowers for so many other activities, such as our Flower Roll and Count Game.

Recapping the Flower Soup Sensory Bin for Kids

Try it out!! You are going to love this flower soup sensory bin! Tag us in any pictures you take of your children or students doing this activity!

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– Life Over C's Two photos showing a flowers and water spring sensory bin.

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Included in the Spring Math and Literacy Activities:

  • 2 Sets of Spring Number Mats (empty ten-frame, heart filled ten-frame)
  • Strawberry Beginning Sound Match Up
  • 4 Sets of Spring Clip Cards (color, ten-frame, array, shape)
  • Spring Flower Color Sort
  • Class Set of Spring BINGO
  • 2 Graphing Dice Games (Matching pictures and Numbers 1-6)
  • 2 Spinner Graphing Games
  • Spring Theme Line Tracing Cards & Picture Tracing Cards
  • Line-Up Puzzles for Counting to 5 & 10
  • 4 Matching Games (picture, number, alphabet, rhyme)
  • Strawberry Missing Number Cards
  • 3 Levels of AB Patterns
  • Spring Shape Play Dough Mats
  • 2 Sets of Counting to 10 Puzzles (array, ten-frame)
  • Spring Shape Puzzles
  • 2 Roll and Count Mats
  • 2 Sets of Spring Sorting Activities (shapes and numbers 1-10)
  • 5 Spin & Cover Games (1-5, 6-10, shape, picture)
  • Raindrop Ten-Frame Cards
  • Spring Bugs Tic-Tac-Toe
  • 4 Sets of Tracing Cards (uppercase, lowercase, number, shape)
  • Visual Discernment Clip Cards (What does not belong?)
  • Trace, Write & Draw the Room
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.Β 

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