Wednesday, March 28, 2012

spring sensory bin...my worst choice ever

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it's been spring for about a week now, so that means a spring sensory bin is in order
no fake plastic-clingy grass like i crazily did here...
no, this year, i thought i'd do something even meSSieR than that...
**grimacing**

i found this cute colored coNFeTTi in the Easter section at Wal-Mart and paired it with some split peas and green rice.  we also tossed in some springy erasers, small bitty eggs, and flower beads from the dollar store and the Target 1 spot. 

Bear had/has soooo much fun with it, and i'll admit that i do too.  it's really cool to watch it all fall...

or have it come out of the "cement chute"...

we also did a huNT for the small eggs by the top pink arrow.  and then we "picked" flowers (the bead by the lower pink arrow).

the only pRoBLeM?  is that this is what the floor looked like x5.  this is only after a few minutes....

now, before you start thinking of how retentive i am, i have to say this...
the motto in our house is
if you're not making a mess, you aren't having enough fun

i welcome exploration at the cost of having a clutter-free home.  stop by anytime and you'll see what i mean. 

but this confetti...ohhhh, this confetti... all in the living area.... stuck to the couch, the bottoms of feet.  we had a trail down the hall towards the bathroom and bedrooms that Hansel and Gretel would've been proud of.  likely the worst choice for a sensory bin...

but, i've been blessed with a little boy who loves to clean... especially when it comes to using our little hard floor vacuum.  when he was done, he went to the closet, got it out and asked me to plug it in.  then he cleaned it all up = happy, proud momma!


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21 comments:

Sheryl @ Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds said...

Ah yes, this reminds me of when I put snow dough in our sensory table. Yikes! But what cute pictures, and how awesome that Bear loves to clean!

Kelley [playgroundlaboratory] said...

Oh no!! I have 5 or 6 bags of this waiting to go in the sensory table next week!
I might have to rethink that..

Deb A-R said...

Worst activity... cooking pancakes on tin cans over candles with 20, 5 year olds (and one principal hovering with a bucket of water!) haha.

At least your sensory bin was confetti and not glitter... things could have been worse! lol

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Ali said...

Ha ha ha that confetti really went everywhere!! My biggest messy mistake was letting the kids use commercial finger paint on our pavers, I thought as it was marketed as finger paint it would just hose off, we have now been living with it for months.

Gina said...

My first thought was, oh boy, that's going to be stuck to the bottom of their feet for weeks! LOL But you know what? As long as Bear (and you!) had fun, then I guess that's all that matters.

Wendy said...

At least your son helped clean up & it looked like he really enjoyed playing in the confetti!

MaryAnne said...

Hooray for vacuum cleaners!!! The cement chute looks seriously fun - my kids would LOVE this!

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

I am so very sorry, but I am giggling like a little kid here! As soon as I saw the contents of the box... I could only imagine it was snowing spring colored suprises all over the house! At least he enjoys the clean up too!

You are the bestest mommy ever!

Growing a Jeweled Rose said...

What an adorable post! I am a messy mama like you, but we got out the cloud dough today, and it was EVERYWHERE! We have hard wood floors through out our lower level, and my oldest plus her little friend dude tore up the place, throwing the cloud dough, then tripsing through it! We are still tracking it everywhere! Lesson learned- as much as I like mess.. some things really are better left outside! lol:)

Ms. Liz said...

At least it was a Spring colored festive mess, and lots of fun was had by all! :) We have made too many messes to choose from over here. I am definitely going to have to invest in a little hard floor vacuum like yours, so I can get some help with clean up too!! Now there's a great idea :)

The Monko said...

haha! I'm still picking rainbow rice out of my hair from our play session earlier this morning so I'm feeling your pain - but the bin contents do look pretty

Christy said...

HA, guess that's one good thing about me not doing too many craft/messy things with the kids. LOL

Sharon@DiscoverExploreLearn said...

Too funny ! At least you had a little helper to assist in the clean-up...

Pretty much every time we do a project with glitter, I end up questioning my sanity. I'm all for making a mess, and actually encourage it most of the time, but when I'm still finding glitter around the house days later, it drives me a bit crazy. Thankfully, my boys aren't into glittery things too much, so those types of projects are few and far between.

Amanda said...

This is awesome! I love messy play, but sometimes I have my limits. I probably would have let J continue to play with the confetti, like you did. We did cloud dough the other day and made quite the mess. I may have to wait a while until I pull that out again! Oh, and thanks for linking up to the Weekly Kids Co-op!

Shiloh said...

Haha, I love making a mess with my daughter too, but sometimes, it just doesn't work out so well. I'm thinking particularly of the washable crayons. Apparently, washable means more edible.:(

Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum said...

This looks like so much fun - I bet you will be finding the confetti for months and months and look back and remember the fun you had.

Thank you for linking to Tuesday Tots this week

Brooke said...

Ha ha ha, so funny. I like your saying though, so true. Sometimes I have to hold my tongue because I do like a clean house, but still want the kids to have fun.

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

I love that you shared that with us! And too funny because my boy loves to clean too (at least with the vaccuum or duster) =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you tomorrow =-)
Beth

Anonymous said...

WOW, how amazing for the kids. You are wonderful!!! : )

Growing a Jeweled Rose said...

Just dropping by to make sure you know that I featured this on Tuesday Tots this week! Drop by to check it out :)

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

Styrofoam! I thought it would be fun to let my daughter have free play with her tools and a block of Styrofoam. But those little pieces stuff to the furniture, our clothes, even the dogs! Very bad choice on my part. Lucky you have a kiddo who loves to help you clean up though! (And it did like very pretty, by the way!)

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