Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Sensory Tub & Playdough - Halloween

This year's Halloween tub isn't much of a departure from last year's, but I thought I'd share it anyway. Here's what's inside:
:: Black beans
:: Yellow lentils
:: Porcupine balls
:: Real mini pumpkin
:: Plastic pumpkin
:: Purple scoop
:: Skeletons
:: Various beads
:: Teeny tiny pom poms
:: Stretchy spiders, a snake and a big bat
:: Googly eyes
:: A few scrapbooking embellishments
:: Feathers

James is crazy about this tub - seriously, he plays with it for the longest time! I think his favorite thing is the skeletons. He likes to point out all the bones. :)

Spooky Playdough
This is just some regular, unscented orange playdough I made (see my sidebar for the recipe). Along with the Halloween cutters I put a bunch of black beans in a little pumpkin container so James could make little Jack O' Lanterns. He L-O-V-E-D doing this! Total hit.
I was very tempted to make some some cool black playdough with purple glitter like The Picky Apple did - check out this cute spider she made!

~Thank you for your comments!~


Elle Belles Bows said...

Always love your playdough and sensory tub ideas! Thanks for sharing! Kerri

Anonymous said...

Great sensory bin! James is having a blast with it!

Love and Lollipops said...

I love how much fun this looks. I really have to start creating some sensory tubs!! I created a very basic tub the other day with lentils, corn, bowls, scoops and my son's diggers...both my boys loved it...even my almost 9 year old! So it's definitely time to get a little more fancy :)! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

Darcey said...

Great sensory bin! I'd have never thought of porcupine balls!

Andrea said...

I love that sensory bin!
Come on over and check out my very first givewaway

Cara said...

I particularly love the inclusion of feathers in your sensory tub. And the black beans to make faces in the playdough is too cute. Thanks for the shout out!

Finn is enjoying his playdough spiders, but he has a bad habit of "shredding" the playdough with his fingernails into the tiniest bits imaginable. I have to pray for patience every time we get it out! :) And he hasn't had much interest in the Halloween sensory tub this time.

How often do you offer up the playdough and sensory tubs? Daily?

Counting Coconuts said...

Thank you!

@Cara: The tub and playdough are out and available to James every day during school time. :)

Kara said...

I love using black beans with the play dough to create jack o'lanterns! You are so creative!

Theresa Mezo said...

I love your jack o lantern playdoh idea, gonna have to steal that one!
Absolutely precious picture of James having a blast with his sensory tub & his kitty close by! :)

Rebecca said...

I love that the cat was all comfy next to James playing with his bin :)

MommyB said...

What a great site, just found you from a recommendation through Charlottemommies.com !

The Bensons said...

I just found your website and I absolutely love it. I wished I would have found this sooner then 2 days before Halloween!

Denise said...

I love your ideas for the delightful sensory tubs! However, I seriously cringed when I saw little James "w-sitting"! As a teacher of children with developmental delays I try to highlight the ills of this posture to parents and caregivers of young children. http://www.pediatricservices.com/parents/pc-22.htm

PSLever said...

Loved the idea and just had to do one of my own. I don't have a blog but I did share my photos with friends on facebook and have provided a link back to your site. Thank you for sharing.

Time For Play said...

We have been doing sensory tubs in my class for years. Love yours! Check out CCReplay.com for some fabulous, colorful plastic chips. They are wonderful.

Kristin @ Preschool Universe said...

I love the idea of making jack-o-lanterns with the beans - we did this recently and I didn't have dry black beans, so we used coffee beans. My 3 year old loved it!

Jomana said...

I love this sensory tub and playdough idea for Halloween! I would love to share this activity with our playdate group for tots on meetup.com. We have fun making a craft in the park once a week and this seems perfect I will post your link and would love to share the photos of the kidos enjoying your ideas with you. Could you post your email I don't have a blog :)

Unknown said...

I am new to your blog...but oh, how impressed I am!!!! I am an early childhood special education teacher and my class this year is very different than the last. I was scrambling for ideas and found your blog and wanted to thank you for the wonderful sensory experiences you have shared! We will be doing the Halloween tub on Monday! Can't wait and thanks for sharing!


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