|MCP Messy Tub|
I have been using a sensory tub for years and years and years! I have had a traditional preschool sand & water table in previous classrooms. However, space at MCP is at a premium so we have adapted an under the bed storage bin into our messy tub. It works great! The tub is placed at the end of a table and three children at time can play very comfortably.
You can do this at home for your preschooler. Don't buy specialty toys---search the kitchen. You can use empty plastic jars, spoons, funnels, measuring cups, egg cartons and scoops. Many sensory tub ideas involve a theme---color, story, season, holiday---the list is endless. These might be fun to create for home. We do not do themed sensory tubs because of limited time (mine) and storage space. Pinterest is great source for sensory tub ideas.
What to put in a messy tub? You are only limited by your imagination. Here are some ideas to get you started and remember to pull the vacuum cleaner out of the closet!
Rice***Sand***Water***Oatmeal***Flour, Oatmeal & Cinnamon***Pasta***Birdseed***
Corn***Popcorn***Milk Caps (I have some for you)***Snow***Construction Paper & a Hole Punch***Potato Flakes***Feathers***Craft PomPoms***Cotton Balls***Shaving Cream***Corks***Dry Beans (use different colors)***Yarn w/scissors for snipping
As you and your child play, talk about the experience. How does it feel? What are you doing? Is there a smell? Here are some more vocabulary ideas:
TEXTURE WORDS-smooth, slick, rough, bumpy, silky, slippery, gritty, prickly, crumbly, thick, thin, wet, dry, soft and hard.
ACTION WORDS-pour, bury, dig, find, squeeze, poke, squish, smash, measure, watch, observe, crumble, fill, empty, break, dump and sweep.
SMELLING WORDS-sweet, good, bad, yucky, stinky
MISC. WORDS-colors, shapes, sizes, shiny, dull, full and empty.
Want to go a step further? Put a piece of paper by your messy table and record the words your child is using.
Go and get messy with your child!