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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Jenna says:
Bookmarking this! It’s a perfect resource! thanks
OK, I am embarrassed to say I am completely ignorant about sensory tubs. My DS is already 2 1/2 and he should be PLAYING instead of my just now getting around to asking questions! I have three questions to begin, and surely more to come as I get going.
First, how often do you change the stuff in you tubs? Obviously, some things need to go as soon as play is done, but do you keep some tubs the same for longer times?
Second, when you do change it, what do you do with the stuff? I know some things can be put away for later use, but what about stuff like shaving cream, pudding, clean snow, etc.? What is the proper way to dispose of it? I’m probably being ridiculous here, but I am a teensy bit concerned that I’m teaching environmental irresponsibility by being wasteful. I know it’s not really a WASTE because I’m TEACHING, and that’s VALUABLE. I need help convincing myself of this because DH is a minimalist and this requires a lot of “stuff”. That said, we see the importance and are totally on board, it’s just… old habits die hard, right?
Finally, DH is a fantastic builder. He is gonna rock this table thing. We want to do a light table too. Is there any reason we couldn’t put the tub on one side and the light table, inset with a cover, on the other side?
Thank you so much for your help here. I really can’t wait to get started.
Forethought – what goes into cubbies has to come back out. Make sure you have a plan for what you’re putting IN the cubbies before you assemble them, and you can satisfy your eco-friendly minimalist urges and play with your son to boot.
Bonus: you can let him help dis-assemble the cubbies as well, and talk about what was in them and how to dispose of certain things (ex: recycling, composting, “we can re-use that – what do you think we can use this for next?” etc).
Bridgetown Mom says:
Would love to know where you got the large sized animals. Will you share? Love your ideas btw. We used your ideas to make a light/sensory table by filling a clear plastic storage bin with Christmas lights and putting on the lid, then we put another shallower clear bin on top to fill up with things like Orbeez. We love it!
Tractor Supply Company or whatever your local farm store is will usually have them. If you don’t know where there is one, hit your yellow pages – even urban areas have them, believe it or not.
thank you so much for these ideas! i just made my son his first sensory bin, blogged here:
i can’t wait until the lawn needs mowing again… i bet grass clippings would be awesome in there!
i know good2bqueen’s comment is old, but i wanted to reply to it, in case nobody has yet elsewhere. i’m like a sensory bin expert now that we’ve done it for a week
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for anyway, i think this is my son’s greenest toy. the idea that you are wasting material in the sensory bin is well-intentioned, but it’s also kind of silly (as she totally admits!). you can put anything in there. we put crushed ice in there yesterday and used the melted water in the garden (after we were done splashing it!). you can save junk mail and shred it and put the shredded paper in the bin, which can then be recycled or composted. yesterday i filled the bin with empty containers i had saved. i applaud your dh for wanting to not be wasteful, but this could be a great opportunity to teach your child about the second life of our consumed products. you can control what goes in there and make sure it’s not wasteful if that’s important to you. but that being said, one can of shaving cream for a 2 year old is full of so much joy. it is a far superior “use” than actually shaving with it.
Play At Home Mom says:
good2Bqueen… it depends what is in the tub. Colored rice we have left in our tub for months. We play off the interests of our children. If I see they are losing interest in something then I will switch it up. Also, I have all of their sensory “bin” stuff in clear containers that they have access to. 90% of the time they pick and choose what they want in there. However, I know not everyone has the space to do this.
When switching bins it is saved for later use the 1 last update 2020/05/25 or trashed. When switching bins it is saved for later use or trashed.
Having a sensory bin on for 1 last update 2020/05/25 one side and light on the other is a great idea! We had a few fans do that. Have you seen us on Pinterest? Having a sensory bin on one side and light on the other is a great idea! We had a few fans do that. Have you seen us on Pinterest?
@Bridgetown I got them on Amazon. Jumbo Resource Animals. If you click on our Amazon store you can see them there.
@bs. Thank you for taking the time to reply.
thanks. this helped me a lot as i’m developing one. I am stuck thinking she’d be bored of some of these things and that it’d be a lot of wasted time buying, filling up the bins etc. but seeing your pictures made me realize that kids have wonderful imagination and that I should be more creative too. So i’m saving this list and we’re gonna begin moving beyond beans, water and sand. thanks!
Hi there, I love your water table, but unfortunately I’m having trouble getting the link to where you purchased it to work…Would it be possible to have someone send it to me or repost it? Thanks!
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I was wondering- for your fillers (rice…) do you store in its own bin that you switch out or a separate container you pour it back into? thank you!