Summer Flower Sensory Soup

Summer is in full swing, perfect for all kinds of water play.

Even though this German summer does leave a few sunshine hours to be desired, the flowers in back of the house we’ve just moved into are beautiful, and the kids are having fun exploring them. They aren’t something they’re used to from the past three Texas summers. 

For this activity, we used the most beautiful, colorful, and diverse flowers we were able to find in the front and backyards to make Summer Flower Sensory Soup{We did do a similar activity back in Texas but used store-bought flowers at the time: Sensory Soup with Fresh Flowers.}

 

Simple nature exploration for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students perfect for summer: Try some sensory water play with this Summer Flower Sensory Soup!

(N was 2 years old.)

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Materials for Summer Flower Sensory Soup

  • Fresh summer flowers. {If there’s not enough in your backyard but you have a bouquet of flowers that’s starting to fade, it’ll work great for this activity. It’s what we used for Sensory Soup with Fresh Flowers.}
  • Water.
  • Water table or sensory bin.
  • Assorted containers and kitchen utensils to encourage exploration, scooping, pouring, and more.

 

The set up was simple but stunningly beautiful.

 

Simple nature exploration for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students perfect for summer: Try some sensory water play with this Summer Flower Sensory Soup!

 

N didn’t waste time starting to explore and pull out flowers with his hands

 

Simple nature exploration for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students perfect for summer: Try some sensory water play with this Summer Flower Sensory Soup!

 

or his favorite kitchen tool, the whisk.

 

Simple nature exploration for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students perfect for summer: Try some sensory water play with this Summer Flower Sensory Soup!

 

He did a lot of experimenting with the different containers and tools.

Here, he put flowers into the little watering can, submerged it in water to fill it up, and then worked out how to get the water and flowers to come out at the same time.

 

Simple nature exploration for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students perfect for summer: Try some sensory water play with this Summer Flower Sensory Soup!

 

Over and over, he collected all of the flowers in different containers, added water, and dumped them out again.

 

Simple nature exploration for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students perfect for summer: Try some sensory water play with this Summer Flower Sensory Soup!

 

Towards the end of the activity, he started bringing me the creations he made in his ladle <3 I made sure to admire them appropriately and tell him how delicious his soup was 🙂

 

Simple nature exploration for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students perfect for summer: Try some sensory water play with this Summer Flower Sensory Soup!

 

It all ended with him dumping as much water as he could on the actual flower beds around us. That was a great cue for us talking about how plants, just like humans, need water to live and he was helping them out by giving them a drink.

 

Looking for more water play activities? These are some of the best I’ve found:

Water Balloon Sensory Bin

Floating Rainbow Balls in the Water Table

Red, White, and Blue Water Sensory Bin

Colored Water Transfer by Hands On As We Grow

Put Out The Fire by Best Toys 4 Toddlers (FABULOUS, super creative activity!)

 

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