Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Sensory Tub I - Bees

This is the first of two sensory tubs I made for James to use over the next couple of months (I'll share the other one later this month). As always, I had fun making them, but this was especially enjoyable because it's been over 6 months since I last made one! "Designing" and putting together these tubs is such a creative thrill for me - I know that sounds dorky, but it's true!

Anyway, what with spring just around the corner, I thought it befitting to make a tub about bees. :) I adore bees (from a slight distance, of course)!

Here's what's inside:
:: Black beans
:: Yellow porcupine balls
:: Jumbo sorting beads
:: Little bees - these are SO cute and have a nice, supple feel to them. Btw, if you check out the link, please note that I did NOT spend $64 on a ton of these - they were sold separately for 25 cents here at our local toy store.
:: Wind up bee
:: Burt's Bees lip balm - LOVE this stuff and I often find my balm in James' room (sneaky bugger!). Now he can have his own!
:: Fake sunflowers
:: Little porcelain honey pot with honey stick - perfect for scooping and collecting, this thing is so cute and was a surprise find at our local chef shop. It was cheap to begin with, but cost me nothing thanks to a gift certificate I had! Score!
:: Chunk of real beeswax - leftover from our adventure in wax molds.
:: Alphabet beads

I also made him a set of antennae to wear (two black pipe cleaners wrapped around my black headband). :)

I searched the web and came across some bee facts and parts of a bee and added them to the tub. Not so sensory, I know, but since we're not really doing full on themes anymore, I figured I'd toss them in. :) We'll also have a look through these two websites (here and here) to learn more about bees.

And, as an unplanned, but timely tie-in to this tub, we'll soon be visiting our friend's homestead where they keep bees and make their own honey!

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!~


Anonymous said...

Great job! You always give me a lot of inspiration :-)

Eryn said...

This is so cute! I love it!

Unknown said...

I love sensory tubs too! I just started making them in Jan for my classroom and get so excited each month about finding new things to put in it!! This one looks awesome!
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Pip said...

oh lovely! The black and yellow works really well. I too have 2 sensory tubs on the go. a Spring one and a st Patrick's day one in the making. They are so much fun to create, i get rather carried away and can end up spending more than i should lol x

Rebecca said...

How creative!!

Anonymous said...

fantastic and really a amazing post i love it a lot

Slastena said...

Hi, love your ideas. At what age would you introduce a tub like that? I am eager to try, but not sure my 2.2 yo toddler will use it appropriately.

Christy Maurer said...

I love this! I am trying to brainstorm ideas for a sensory bin to go along with Lunch by Denise Fleming. In it a mouse eats a rainbow of colors. Do you have some ideas of things to put in my bin? Thanks :)


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