Friday, January 28, 2011

February Sensory Tub & Playdough - Valentines Day

Like last February's tub, I created this one with Valentine's Day in mind, except this time around I went with all red.

What's inside: I won't detail everything that's in the tub since, as you can see, there's quite a lot. I pretty much tossed in any red thing I could find!
:: LOTS of pony beads (these were the same I used for our 4th of July tub)
:: Pom-poms
:: Popsicle sticks
:: Fruit erasers
:: Various beads
:: Felted balls
:: Water filled stars (these are reusable ice cubes)
:: Buttons
:: Feathers
:: Silk flowers
:: Knitted apples

I made some I Spy cards to go along with it. We did this same thing in August with our yellow sensory tub and it was a huge success.

Chocoloate Playdough
With some real cocoa added to it, this playdough smells nearly good enough to eat! I made chocolate playdough last year, too, but this year I've added an empty chocolate box for James to make pretend chocolates. I have to confess, my friends, a great sacrifice went into doing this.... I had to eat all of the real chocolates in order to provide this fun extension for my son. Sigh... the things we do for our children. ;)


~Thank you for your comments!~

30 comments:

Dawn said...

What wonderful ideas.
Blessings,
Dawn

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness, wow! You've given me ideas I am going to try. Especially the chocolate play dough. And here I just made some pink strawberry play dough this morning...now I'll just have to do the chocolate, too. Not only is it a very cool idea, but also I want to make a sacrifice like you and eat all the real chocolates first! Also, I love the idea of doing "I Spy" with the sensory tub...I don't know how I missed you doing that before, but I'm thinking maybe Gabriela will enjoy sensory tubs more if I do something like that. Thanks for sharing this!

Sunshine Mama said...

I've seen a recipe for chocolate playdough before, but had completely forgot about it. What a perfect time to make it and love the addition of the chocolate box is great... sacrifice well worth it! lol

Karen said...

Lovely!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! You're a Star!!!

Vallimasoos said...

I love the Chocolate Playdough!!

It's on my list of things to do today!

Darn...Now I have to go get me a box of chocolates to eat too!!

No worries...I'll definitely link back!

Karen said...

made my bin yesterday and was about to make some pink or red playdough but - chocolate even better!! did you just use your normal recipe and add cocoa?
recipe please???

TheRockerMom said...

As always, they are both amazing!

Olives and Pickles said...

lol..That was a funny comment!!I hope you enjoyed the chocolates.
I love the color red idea!
Thanks for sharing my friend.Please check this post if you may be interest.

http://olivesandpickles.blogspot.com/2011/01/exchange-time.html

Jen said...

The chocolate playdoh is fantastic! I am sure your 'sacrifice' was greatly appreciated! :)

Raising a Happy Child said...

I love-love-love the idea of pretend chocolate. Now I know why I kept the empty mold from fancy chocolate - I was waiting for your wisdom!

Counting Coconuts said...

Thank you for your comments!

@Karen: yes, just my usual recipe with some Hershey's powdered cocoa added to it. I'll be posting more about my playdough recipe in the coming days. :)

Darcey said...

What a great sensory tub! I love the variety of red things. The empty chocolates box with the chocolate play-dough is a great idea too.

Rebecca said...

Ahhh, i love how you used the old box of chocolates for your playdoh!!

Joyce said...

I love this! I love everything about it. I was thinking of making chocolate playdoh for my son this year as well, but I hadn't thought of the chocolate box. You are so creative. And I *love* the I Spy cards. Great job!

The girl who painted trees said...

When I made chocolate playdough last year, I used a new recipe and it went bad super fast. I love the red sensory bin.a

Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

I love the chocolate play dough too and I love the I Spy Cards! You are sooo creative!

Sally Haughey said...

I love, love, love the chocolate playdough! WOW! I am so doing it for my class. When I post it, I will link back to your amazing blog!! Your blog is so wonderful!

Sally

Stephanie said...

I love the ispy card idea and the box of chocolates! Cute box :)

Sara said...

Love the chocolate box idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

The Education Of Ours said...

The candy is a mama bonus, LOL. Adorable, as always.

Sam said...

I love the I spy cards!! Great idea.

-Sam

Darcey said...

Since I really liked your sensory tub, I've linked up to your post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/01/weekly-favorites-for-january-30-2011.html
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Eddie said...

Your ideas never fail to blow me away! I plan to copy you shamelessly. :) (I'll credit you and link you on my blog.) Thanks as always for some great ideas!

Elle Belles Bows said...

I cannot wait to try the chocolate playdough! It is on the list for this week! Also, love that you used the candy container for the playdough. I bought a candy heart and it did not have an insert! The chocolates were just loose. So, I guess I just need to eat more chocolate:-) Thanks for sharing! Kerri

Cara said...

I love love LOVE the all-red sensory tub! I'm definitely going to explore single color bins in the future.

I've got chocolate playdough for Valentine's day too, but I adore your idea to use a container of chocolates....especially if it means I get to eat some chocolate as part of my "preparations".

W-S Wanderings said...

You are phenomenal. So inspiring.

Lindsay said...

oo how fun!! I think I am going ot make some eye spy cards for this months too.. I hope to get the post up this thursday! You truly are amazing eating all the chocolate just so James could learn ;-) To bad I made strawberry playdough this year I would have to join you in the eating of chocolate :-)

Leptir said...

I love your I spy cards :-)

Anna @ The Imagination Tree said...

I absolutely love the idea of using the chocolate box during the play dough play. I am posting about ours tomorrow after being inspired by yours. I am, of course, linking back to here! thank you

julie said...

Chocolate-scented play dough! Fun!!! I made real modeling chocolate with my little girls one time, but I have to say that the project was so incredibly messy that even I, the queen of mess, was turned off. I think that your idea is what I'll try next.

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