How-to Saint Patrick's Day sensory tub
I'm loving the whole idea of sensory tubs. And I find raiding my cupboards for items to fill the tubs strangely exhilarating. My husband must think I'm some kind of crazy when I exclaim things like "A half empty bag of dried lima beans...SWEET!" But I don't care because these tubs tot tons of educational pluses (shout out to fine motor skills) and they are so versatile and cheap to make. But best of all the tubs seem to have an awesome power over my daughter's short attention span. We're talking a nice chunk of time.
This St. Patty's Day Sensory Tub featured on The Crafty Crow is so quick you can have it ready to go before you say, "Holy blarney stone Batman." I used 1/3 bag of old Jasmine rice which I dyed (45 minutes to dry), six cups of dried green peas and, my favorite part, some gelt leftover from Hanukkah. I poured them into an empty 4 quart container burying the "gold." Since we hadn't done much with St. Patty's day and since my daughter is part Irish I thought this was a great introduction to the whole lucky leprechaun mythos. She dug out the "gold" with her tweezers and munched on three pieces. She expanded her play showering her favorite toys in streams of green and gold from the tub shouting "We won! We won!" Not sure what they "won" but it was sure fun watching her happily working it out.