Inspired by the new Tumble Leaf episode, I have created a Sensory Spring Discovery Bin in collaboration with Amazon Video. Affiliate links are used. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are used.
Spring has sprung! All over Georgia, flowers are pushing through the pinestraw and trees are starting to pollenate. The weather is warming up and our family is looking out for all the signs of spring as they appear. In order to celebrate the season, I made a spring discovery bin for the kids to play in and mimic some characters from a TV show that we all enjoy. Tumble Leaf, Amazon’s award-winning preschool show, features Fig the Fox as he finds a paintbrush and uses it to help discover Bloom and Bulb Bunny’s spring eggs, which lead to a surprise ending! In order to mimic the discovery of the “Spring-A-Ling Surprise” episode, I used several colorful bags of lentils to bury tiny, fun items in a sensory bin for my kids.
You can watch how I made the bin here, in a short overhead video. Make sure to wait for Red’s reaction in the last few seconds!
I created my discovery bin using lentils, several small items from the Target $1 section (as well as the Easter section!) and a shallow, pan-like Sterilite bin. The bin was only $5 at Target, where as “sensory bins” of the same size were upwards of $20! Plus, this lid had a great seal on it.
I added those “mini” aquarium plants with anchors to serve as the spring plants, and Red was pretty taken with them. He even thought they were real for a second!
Red really enjoyed using the paintbrush to dig and sweep, instead of a traditional trowel, and knew I had gotten the idea straight from Tumble Leaf’s “Spring-A-Ling Surprise” episode. He had never played with a spring discovery bin like this one!
About the Spring Amazon Tumble Leaf Special:
On Tuesday, April 4, an adorable new springtime special from Amazon’s award-winning children’s series Tumble Leaf, is set to “spring” onto Prime Video for kids and families across the country! In “Spring-a-ling Surprise,” everyone helps Bloom the bunny hunt for his lost eggs, which he plans to plant for a spectacular spring surprise, while Fig the fox uncovers many other signs of spring along the way!
Created by Drew Hodges (Community, SNL) and executive produced by Hodges and Kelli Bixler (The Roadents) of the award-winning studio Bix Pix Entertainment, Tumble Leaf follows Fig, a small blue fox, who lives in a whimsical land where he discovers adventure, friendship and love around every bend. The series reinforces the importance of learning through play, as it helps children understand the world around them. Featuring lush worlds and playful stop-motion animation, Tumble Leaf has garnered multiple Daytime Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program.