Counting Coconuts. Aren't they great!? She is so creative.If you look carefully you see that she is very conscious about including something for as many of the senses as possible. For her weather tub, she even found a CD of storms to play while her child plays. Genius!
For "Bug" it gets a little more complicated. I can't let him play with a big tub of beans, for example because he will stick half of them in his mouth and the other half up his nose. Items for his tub must be safe but they must also be something that excites the five senses, otherwise whats the point? Here is another link to another one of my favorite blogs called The Imagination Tree. Anna has created treasure baskets and discovery boxes for her little ones and they are just wonderful. Any one who has kept up with what my kids are up to will notice that I have
Bug loved playing with different kinds of brushes. He would pull them out one by one and tickle his feet and run them through his hair. Then he would turn it around and chew on the wooden handle.
The bad thing about concrete floors is that they always look horrible in photos. The great thing is that this collection of rolling objects works like a charm. One push and they would go zooming across the room. The metal one was his favorite because it makes a cool metallic ring as it goes rolling.
This was our wooden bowl complete with wooden spoons, a wooden rolling pin, wooden puzzle pieces, and a string of large wooden beads. It was so fun to see Bug take out each piece and examine it one by one feeling and tasting every inch. Then, when the bowl was empty, he turned it over and began to bang on it with his spoons. Sensory play at its best!
And finally, we took our water tub outside to enjoy with all our bath toys. The kids all had fun splashing in the yard and getting all wet. I hope you have enjoyed some of these ideas and also some of the links. As I said, if you have young children pleas spend some time looking through these sites. You will get some amazing ideas.