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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Construction Themed Sensory Box : Under Construction - Hard Hat Area!

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The girls have been having such a blast with their Ocean themed sensory box, that I decided to expand our play repertoire with a new addition to the playroom. We now have an "Under Construction" themed Sensory Box. My youngest daughter, "C" is a die-hard Bob the Builder Fan and my older daughter, "E" has always wanted to follow in her handy-daddy's (work boot) footsteps.


The girls had a blast in their hard hats today shoveling, loading, and unloading their mini gravel quarry. We had quite the menagerie of construction vehicles at our house and another empty under bed box in my storage area in the garage. The girls and I ventured over to the Dollar Tree this morning to spend $5 on 5 mini bags of rocks to fill the site. It is a great place to find affordable materials for sensory boxes! The girls have been playing with it non stop all afternoon.


My oldest daughter's Kindergarten teacher was over here last night for a scrap-booking crop and loves my Ocean Sensory Box so much that we spent part of the evening brainstorming different centers for her classroom based on their thematic units of the year. I picked up some Pumpkin Patch materials (courtesy again of the fabulous Dollar Tree by our house) for their fall unit. The kids will have fun raking miniature leaves, stacking mini bales of hay, and learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin with their observation journals and some fake pumpkins, vines, flowers, pea gravel or bean "soil" and some pumpkin seeds to "plant" You should see the mini farm they'll be playing with later this spring! The winter box I'm working on for the girls will be made in triplicate: one for our house and two more for the two Kindergarten classrooms at her school.

If you make one of these for your house or classroom I would love to hear about it!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea





24 comments:

Sharon - Pixie Bows said...

Love, love, love this idea - my twins would have a blast, I will have to make them one.
And thanks for popping over to my blog to enter my giveaway!

michelle @ sweet mady's said...

Such a great idea!

Jenera said...

This is such a great idea. I know my son would love the construction one! I'm going to have to try this myself.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

That's a great idea! Very nice of you to brainstorm ideas with the kindergarten teacher too.

I grew a little pumpkin in our backyard once when I was a kid. Just planted some seeds one year, and one actually grew! If I remember correctly, someone stole it.

The Mom said...

What a GREAT idea!!!!! OMGosh, I am so getting a tub, and rocks for my little boys. They spend hours outside playing in the dirt, and I never though of bringing the outside fun in - that would so help on rainy, or yucky snowy days. Thanks for the great idea! ;)

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mong shan said...

I love your idea so much I'm going to borrow it for my boys. Thanks

Melinda Zook said...

What a cool idea!

Christina of Inspiration Flirtation said...

Omg what a great idea! I have a crazy fun little 3 year old who would just love such a thing! Thanks for sharing.
~Christina

Danielle said...

This is so much fun! I just got throught making a Construction Box for my classroom with dump trucks we got at a garage sale! What a deal!

Kate said...

My DS loves Bob the Builder too and has some of the same figures! We were just playing with them a few minutes ago... I love this idea with the stones. If I can keep the 1-yr-old away, I'll try it! :)

Oh, and pleeease tell me where you got that delicious rug!! I LOVE it! Perfect for a fun, colorful playroom!!!

Kate

Kate said...

Oh, and I just can't stop looking, so you have a new follower... ;)

Hannah said...

I stumbled across your blog through Playopedia. Found this activity and had to make it for my daughter. She's absolutely enthralled with it. Thank you so much for a great idea! :)

Annie and Sean said...

You have done it again! Kiddos love the Ocean book and will go bonkers for Under Construction. THANK YOU!!

Heather Mix said...

This is a really cool idea. I think I'm going to try something like it in my classroom. Thanks for sharing!

Heather Mix
An Interesting Mix
http://aninterestingmix.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Love this!! I will have to use this just for construction site toys! We live on a farm and I have done with this with oatmeal and rice and used farm tractors, wagons, augers, etc!! Thanks so much for sharing and what a neat blog!!

Michelle @ Raising Will said...

What a fantastic idea - I really look forward to checking out lots more of your posts. Finding you on Pinterest definitely makes the the five hours I spent on there worth it... LOL

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

I just saw this on Pinterest. I had totally forgotten this idea for my little guy - so happy for the reminder with winter on the way!

Brittany said...

I teach Pre-K and my 4-5 year old boys would love this! I am definitely going to have to make one of these take it in! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Donna Barker said...

I would love to do this for my nephew who LOVES trucks and big machinery. Where did you find the small trucks and dozers and things? I have looked everywhere and can't find any small ones like that.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Hi Donna, the construction set was a generic set from Walmart years ago (maybe 7 years ago?) at Christmas time. Check there or at Toys R' Us in their generic toy areas for a set!

Margaret Mary said...

Can you please reply with the dimensions of your storage box?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Margaret Mary,

We use plastic storage boxes for all of our sensory boxes. Approximately 12" wide x 24" long ' 3"-4" high.

Warmly,
MaryLea

Lauren Thompson said...

I LOVE this idea--can't wait to try it with my son! And I love that your girls are involved. I feel like our society pushes boys to play with bulldozers and girls to play with princess dolls, and it drives me crazy! Thanks for being part of the solution.

Deb Chitwood said...

These posts never get old ... so much fun! I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-Inspired Construction Unit at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2014/05/28/montessori-inspired-construction-unit/

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