Friday, April 1, 2011

April Sensory Tub - Spring

James helped me put together this month's sensory tub and I have to say it was so much fun to have his input! It made me giggle how seriously he took the "project" (as he called it), and to see the big smile he wore on his face the entire time. I know together is how we'll create our tubs going forward!

James was so proud of the tub and told me to "take a picture right away!". :)

Here's what's inside:

:: Real grass (see note below)
:: Mini clay flower pot
:: A needle felted flower
:: Fabric flowers (cut up from a dollar store lei)
:: A needle felted nest
:: Wooden eggs
:: Plastic ladybugs, butterflies, and a lone caterpillar
:: Scissors (for cutting the grass - James looooves doing this)
:: Carrots (I made these out of orange pipe cleaners and green yarn)
:: Pretty stones
:: Small ceramic flowers (most of them are buried)

You can't see this, but I added a teeny tiny drop of freesia extract from our local perfumery. It gives the tub an added sensory element and makes it smell just sooo lovely! Between that and the fresh cut grass, this tub actually smells like spring!

A note from the trenches: I had a heck of time finding grass for this tub. First I thought I'd buy some quick growing grass seeds and that we'd make a '"project" out of it, but the only seeds on the island come in massive bags suitable for an entire yard. Then I thought maybe I'd just dig up a few squares of our own grass. No go. Apparently, the ants are nesting beneath the grass and I think I may have disrupted a sleeping (and now very angry) colony. Oops! In the end I found a plant that looked an awful lot like grass and seeing as it was so soft and green, it proved to be just the right thing!

Click the button below to see a full list of my sensory tubs or click here to view my slideshow on the Counting Coconuts Facebook page.

~Thank you for your comments!~

13 comments:

Lindsay said...

squeal!! Love it! I love that you let James help you get it all setup!

Julie said...

Super cute! I have a new spring sensory tub for my daughter...here's a post to my blog featuring it.

http://forfreeyatake.blogspot.com/2011/03/spring-sensory-bin.html

Have a great day!

Stephanie said...

Wow! That is amazing! I love the grass cutting idea! Maybe we'll do that here. I'll have to keep a look out for a grassy plant! Let us know though how long the grass lasts! :) Its beautiful and I'm sure James Lloved helping!

Vallimasoos said...

Oh, I love this! A friend of mine gave me her sand/water table. I think I'll make this for our "outdoor" tub! As always thanks for all you ideas!

Sippy Cup Central Mom said...

It look great and I love the page of all the tubs. Glad he enjoyed his project. Hope you are feeling well! Karen

Sunshine Mama said...

I love this one! I'm not sure either where I would find grass, but I'm sure I could find something that would work instead.

Cara said...

I love so many things about this: the grass, the scissors to cut the grass, the freesia scent you added, and most of all, that you let James be a part of creating the bin. How wonderful that he can take pride of ownership and creation as he plays with his sensory tub!

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divya said...

really beautiful activities !

A not so good writer! said...

Your Your April Sensory Tub is so super Creative!

Elle Belles Bows said...

I LOVE the grass idea! How much fun!

Kerri

HeartofWisdom said...

Cute idea. Tweeted and FBed.

Starrball said...

Oh I'm so glad to find this post.. I wanted to do a spring bin and I couldn't come up with decent filler... rice is so small and messy... and it isn't really the feel I wanted... I thought about doing grass but figured it would die really quick and it wouldn't be any good, but this looks great! We had really long grass in our front yard so I just took the scissors to it. I'm gonna try to make it up tonight and let them have it tomorrow... How long did the grass 'keep' for?

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