Frog Pond Water Bead Sensory Play

Have a toddler or preschooler who loves frogs? They are sure to LOVE this frog sensory play activity. Watch them get immersed in play as they explore their senses and environment around them. This water bead sensory play is perfect for exploring life cycles or a spring theme. Follow the step by step directions below to setup your own frog themed spring sensory bin!

frog pond spring sensory bin




Looking for more sensory play ideas? Check out this fluffy soap foam, this moon dough recipe, and this exciting rainbow rice sensory bin.

Frog pond sensory play


If you're not familiar with sensory play or water bead sensory bin activities, this is a great one to start with! Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy being deep in play with FROGS! Sensory play allows children to explore their senses, their environment, gain confidence, and so much more.

water bead sensory bin


Water beads are a fun supply to use in sensory play as the beads grow with water and provide a fun texture to explore. This spring sensory bin idea can be paired with the 5 little speckled frogs nursery rhyme, teaching the frog life cycle, engaging in pretend play, or simply exploring textures and materials.

Scroll down below for step by step directions to setup your own frog themed sensory play activity!

spring sensory bins for toddlers


Frog & Water Bead Sensory Play


Sensory play supplies:



How to set up a spring sensory bin:


STEP 1: Gather your sensory bin supplies


Get started by gathering up all your supplies. We used the flisat table from ikea for the sensory bins and chose ivy for the fake plants. Use what you have! Sand trays and large plastic storage bins work well to contain everything and real plants work just as well as fake plants.

STEP 2: Prepare the water beads


Start by lining the bottom of a tray with blue and green water beads and add water. Be careful not to add too many as a little goes a long way! After about 20 minutes, the water beads will have started to expand and they will continue to expand over several hours.

SAFETY WARNING: Water beads are dangerous if digested so be sure to fully supervise and only use them with children that won't attempt to put them in or near their mouth.

STEP 3: Setup the sensory bins


Once the water beads are ready, you can start adding the accessories. Add lily pads and frogs to the bin with the water beads.

spring sensory bin


Line a second tray with blue fabric to mimic the water of a pond. Add a log and some more frog toys. Decorate with fake (or real!) plants. 

spring activities for toddlers and preschoolers

STEP 4: Engage in sensory play


Gather a variety of scoops and pots for children to practice scooping and pouring by transferring water beads. Get creative and add other frog themed accessories you have lying around. Have fun with it!

sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers


We hope you have lots of fun playing with your frog themed spring sensory bin! This such a fun way to engage in sensory play with small children. They are sure to have lots of fun and keep occupied for a good amount of time. Water bead sensory bins are always fun and this frog pond sensory play is no exception! 

Frog pond sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers. Spring themed water bead sensory bin.


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