Garden Busy Bin

This has to be my favorite busy bin so far!

I picked up an old sand table from a neighbor and cleaned it out really well. My husband isn’t a fan of sand because of the mess factor, so I made it into a manipulative table. My recent endeavor with creating busy bins allowed for this fun manipulative activity!



  • Peek Inside the Garden Book
  • Small Flower Pots
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Paper Flowers
  • Fake Flowers
  • Decorative Rocks
  • Small Scoop

Details on the Garden Busy Bin

It’s amazing how children will explore without parents. They tend to play with things in a whole new way. I expected her to place the flowers in the flower pot with some rocks. Then she could use the pipe cleaners to string the crafting flowers and place those in the pots too. Nope. She took the little cup and scooped rocks, dumped the rocks, transferred the rocks, and collected the rocks into little piles. I don’t think she even realized there were any flowers for the first 35 minutes of playing with these. It was glorious. After snapping a few pictures, I plopped my pregnant self on our deck couch and chatted with my hubby as my daughter was fascinated with these little rocks. After a few more times of playing with this bin, she eventually noticed the flowers.

Don’t be afraid to let children explore on their own! I have a “right way” in my mind for how to play, but my daughter has taught me to embrace the out of the box mentality and it is beautiful to watch! Don’t tell your children how to play, let them show you. There is no right or wrong way as long as they are exploring and learning!