Friday, May 24, 2013

Baby Sensory Play: Bugs in "Grass"

Time for another edition of our Baby Sensory Play adventures!  Last time, my little guy got to explore some wax paper and shapes and this time, we're getting messy with a fun bug-themed sensory tub.

Here is my usual preschool bug-themed sensory tub:


Not so good for Mr. Everything-is-food, so shredded paper was out and green spaghetti noodles were in!

I just boiled the noodles as I normally would, but added green food coloring to the cooking water.  When they were done - I strained, rinsed and cooled.  I did add a teeny speck of olive oil, just to keep them pliable and prevent clumping.

Little Bear dug right in!


He was definitely more interested in the bugs at first and worked hard to get each one out so he could give it a taste.  Working on that pincer grasp!
 

The texture of the noodles didn't seem to bother him at all and he was happy to get in there and find those bugs.

Monkey, my 3 1/2 yr old, was in sensory heaven!  He picked up handfuls just to squeeze them and hear the SQQQUUUUIIIIISSSSHHHH!

He also loved the noise the noodles made as he dropped them back into the tub.

And Bear was still tasting.


After a while watching big brother, he started really getting in there and actually playing with the noodles, sliding them all around.

And also tasting.

Eventually, Bear lost interest, but Monkey couldn't get enough, he wanted his feet in there and added a spatula, measuring spoon and colander from our play kitchen as well.  He spent nearly an hour playing in our 'grass' and I'll definitely be sure to cook up some colorful noodles for my students very soon!







15 comments:

  1. this is so awesome! and i love that it's taste-friendly for little explorers! i'd love if you linked it up to my sensory bin resource guide if you haven't already!

    http://www.crayonfreckles.com/2013/05/9-sensory-bin-ideas-for-preschoolers.html

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    1. I've linked up a few others, but not this one yet! I'll head on over now! Thanks! :)

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  2. Looks fun! Hopping over from Share it Saturday. :-)

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    1. It was awesome! I'm STILL picking up bits of spaghetti!

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  3. Hi! Just featured this great activity on my new grass crafts round-up. Thanks for the inspiration! http://craftulate.blogspot.com/2013/05/peekaboo-grass-8-other-grass-crafts.html

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    1. Thank you for the feature, I'm heading over to check it out now! :)

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  4. featured this on the kids co-op this week:-)
    http://frogsandsnailsandpuppydogtails-jaime.blogspot.com/2013/05/babytoddler-play-post-featured-this.html

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  5. Oh love this - what fun!

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Friday Baby Shower - Alice x

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  6. This looks like great fun! We are featuring your post tomorrow on Share It Saturday. LOVE your ideas!!
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

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    1. Thank you so much, can't wait to see what else is featured!!

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  7. Looks like fun. I haven't been doing many crafty activities with my baby (just my toddler) because it is hard to find things that is ok for them to put in their mouths.

    Thanks for linking up at Artsy Play Wednesday. Pinned to our group board.

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    1. I've finally gotten to the point of just making sure it's not a choking hazard or toxic - like today, he was munching on homemade play dough - ick, but won't hurt him, so whatever. I'm trying to come up with more baby-safe ideas, I didn't experience this much tasting with my older son, so it's all new to me!

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  8. What a neat idea! My girls will LOVE this!

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