Monday, March 1, 2010

March Sensory Tub & Playdough - St. Patrick's Day

Hooray for St. Patrick's Day! I have a special place in my heart for all things Irish after having spent some time in Ireland studying Irish literature several years ago. Such a beautiful country rich with history.

St. Patty's Day Sensory Tub
Included in the tub:
:: 3 bags of split peas
:: Bits of gold chenille sticks snipped into 1/2 inch pieces
:: Shiny rocks I've collected during my travels over the years
:: A small gold pill box from Ireland
:: Some plastic gold coins
:: A wee wooden bowl and scoop

James really, really likes this month's tub. Yes, a fair amount of the peas ended up all over the floor, but that's part of the fun (for him anyway!). He scooped and poured, he collected and sorted, he put everything down his shirt and giggled when it all fell out. :)

Green & Glittery Gold Playdough
This is much prettier in person what with all the gold flecks against the dark green. I put together a collection of rainbow colored cookie cutters for James to use and right away he made a batch of green "coins".
~Linking up to Kid Friendly Friday~


The Sunshine Crew said...

Very cute St. Paddy's sensory tub!
Bet your son loved it...know mine would.

Sippy Cup Central said...

Glad you are back, nice green playdough and box. Relax and enjoy. Karen
Sippy Cup Central

Theresa Mezo said...

Mari-Ann, your sensory tub is beautiful!
I love how your kitty got in on the fun as well :)

Packer Family said...

love it

Gaby said...

Love both of these! It's funny because we had actually made the same homemade green and gold glitter play-dough for Christmas and now we are using it for St. Patrick's too!!

Elise said...

Hi Mari-Ann

It's wonderful to see you back. I am so with you on your blogging "rules". I absolutely love to read blogs, but sometimes I find that there just simply is not enough time to prepare activities and resources for my children, keep up with my blog and keep up with everybody else's blogs. I am always inspired by the blogs I read and find them an excellent source of creative ideas.

I can see why James would love spending time at this sensory tub. Green and gold sparkly playdough sounds awesome. I like your rainbow cookie cutters to go with it.

Jo Shabo said...

Split peas! Genius!! :)
I love the green and glittery gold playdoh- I think I might have to make that for my kiddos for Thursday Preschool Playdate next week- thanks for the idea! :)

Our Little Family said...

Love it! I definitely need to switch out Maddie's winter sensory tub. I'm headed to the market in the morning so I'll have to pick up a bag of some sensory goodness. :) And, I LOVE the green dough with gold glitter. Fabulous idea!

So glad to see you "back." I totally understand where you're coming from but just LOVE reading your blog. One, I think we're pretty similar (we like things JUST so!) and our kids are so close in age that you provide me with a plethora of ideas.

Anyway, great post!

Mama to 5 said...

what a great idea! No messes for the sensory tub. Great theme too! Love the cat pic!

Cara said...

Looks like we had similar ideas this month! I haven't posted mine yet, but I've also got a sensory tub with peas and gold coins, and I was planning some green playdough with gold sparkles. I guess great minds think alike! I haven't introduced the sensory tub yet...I'm a little worried about the mess of the peas, but I guess that's part of the fun, as you said!

Anonymous said...

oo so fun! I have on my agenda today making a st. patty's sensory tub! I might just have to make some of your play dough as well :-)

Jen said...

Wow these look amazing!! Love all the details and the glittery gold. :)

Gidget Girl Reading said...

Great Sensory tub and playdough! my youngest loves her st pats tubs too :) they are great fun and so easy to make!

Miller Moments said...

fun idea! i'm excited to have found your blog. :)

Susan-Chasing Marcus said...

I made a similar tub, but used tri color rotini with my gold coins. Also in your non existent spare time, do you have a favorite playdough recipe? I made one once and it was pretty oily. So either the recipe was off, or I was off!

Unknown said...

Love the sensory table idea!

Angela said...

Love It!

Deb Chitwood said...

Your posts never get old, Mari-Ann! I featured your post and photo in my St. Patrick's Day Playdough Activities roundup at


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