Easter | Spring Sensory Bins in a DIY Sand & Water Table

Easter/Spring sensory bins in a DIY sand/water table @ jaxinthebox.com I think spring has finally sprung. Not only is Easter around the corner, but the snow has melted here in Southern Wisconsin and green blades of grass are trying to muscle their way through the hay-like mat of sod in my backyard. My head is swimming with visions of fun outdoor summer activities. While it’s still too cold to put our DIY sand & water table to use, I’ve prepped some sweet Easter and spring-themed sensory bins  to use in our table that I want to share. I put these together for a Mommy & Me Easter event at our church that will take place later this week, and can’t wait to see all the fun ways the kiddos explore the goodies in the bins. When designing our table (see this post for details and directions: DIY Sand | Water Table), I wanted it to be versatile so I could swap out different sensory bins. Some days I’m simply not in the mood for a slimy, wet mess, and opt for rocks, rice or other solid materials for Jax to explore. I simply create a stack of different pre-prepped bins that I can easily pop in and out of the table.

Easter | Spring Bins

Easter/Spring sensory bins in a DIY sand/water table @ jaxinthebox.com I created an Easter Chick bin and a Spring Birds bin. While you can present these together as in the picture, you can also place a bin with only Easter grass next to the theme bin to allow your kiddo more space to transfer and explore all the objects. I chose objects of different textures and items that could be put inside other items (chicks inside eggs, birds in birdhouses and nests, etc.). Here’s what I put inside:

Easter Chick Sensory Bin

Easter/Spring sensory bins in a DIY sand/water table @ jaxinthebox.com

  • Easter grass
  • Large plastic Easter eggs (I purchased sturdy ones that young kids could open and close easily)
  • Small plastic Easter eggs (again, I made sure that they could be easily opened and closed)
  • Small multi-colored wooden crosses (Oriental Trading)
  • Larger fuzzy chicks — so cute and soft! (Oriental Trading)
  • Small yellow chenille chicks (Oriental Trading)
  • Medium multi-colored chenille chicks (Hobby Lobby)
  • Small spotted robins’ eggs (these do not open) (Hobby Lobby)
  • Recycled egg carton (top and tabs cut off)

Spring Birds Sensory Bin

Easter/Spring sensory bins in a DIY sand/water table @ jaxinthebox.com

  • Easter grass
  • Small spotted robins’ eggs (these do not open) (Hobby Lobby)
  • Small yellow chenille chicks (Oriental Trading)
  • Small bird’s nests (Amazon)
  • Butterflies (Hobby Lobby in the floral section)
  • Birds — various kinds in different colors (Hobby Lobby in the floral section)
  • Wooden gazebo & bird house — I really wanted “houses” that the kids could put the birds in, but most of the wooden bird houses I found had only a small hole in the front. I pictured small hands shoving birds into the hole, then getting frustrated when they couldn’t retrieve them. I found both of these at JoAnn Fabrics in the “As-Is” bin for next to nothing. The dismantled top of the bird house is perfect as kids can easily get the birds in and out, and I simply hot glued a few tiles back on to the open-aired gazebo. Score!

Rock Garden Sensory Bin

Easter/Spring sensory bins in a DIY sand/water table @ jaxinthebox.com   These bins are all about spring planting! I chose large rocks because we will have a variety of ages at our church event, and I didn’t want younger ones popping small pebbles in their mouths. But, when I do this at home for Jax, I’ll swap out the large rocks for pea gravel — I just think the smaller stones are easier to scoop and rake. Here’s what I put in these bins:

  • Large landscaping rock (1 bag in each bin purchased at Menards, our local home improvement warehouse store)
  • Small plastic plant containers, 4 in each bin (I chose thick plastic that could withstand the large stones and lots of handling; also purchased at Mendards)
  • Small flower bouquets (purchased in the fairy garden section at Hobby Lobby)
  • Various plastic garden veggies (These are from our own playroom. I chose varieties that kids would actually find growing in a backyard garden around here.)
  • Plastic watering can (purchased at Target in the sand toys section)
  • Plastic rakes and shovels (purchased at Target in the sand toys section)
  • Wooden/metal garden tools (these were purchased years go from Montessori Services, For Small Hands)

*If you do make your own DYI table, note that I did glue my table together with PVC cement so it could withstand the weight of the rocks bins. Prior to using these heavy bins, I opted not to glue the pipes together. There are so many other things you can do with these themed bins. Raid the clearance section at Hobby Lobby after Easter – you are bound to find so many fun items for your bins. Then just present the bins to your child and watch the action unfold. Don’t worry if they don’t play in the way you thought they would. This is their playground — stand back and just let the play happen. Have fun and happy Easter!

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