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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It Smells SOOOO Good!

Our Pre-K teacher came up to me yesterday and asked if we could create a new sensory tub for the Christmas season. She had gotten a great idea from that most stupendous resource, "The Mailbox." I just love "The Mailbox."

The sensory tub has a Gingerbread theme. Here is what you need:

1 5 lb. bag of flour
1 carton of salt
3 tbsp. ground allspice
3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
3 tbsp. ground cloves
3 tbsp. ground ginger

Pour all the ingredients in your sensory space and mix together.

So you're probably thinking this seems like a messy sensory tub. The answer to that is, Yes, it is a messy sensory tub. I don't have pictures, but we had children covered in this mixture, but oh my--they sure smelled yummy. The aroma is just DELICIOUS.

In the tub I had put some measuring spoons, sifters, cups, and wooden spoons. They had a ball with it. When they were done, they got brushed down with the dust pan broom. They thought it was hilarious. We used a broom to get the floor, but the article suggests a vacuum to clean up the floor area. (It says that after vacuuming up the mixture, your vacuum bag will smell like gingerbread.

Oh, one other thing. As many of you know, Mrs. Nodolski "gets by" in the kitchen. So I had to go out and buy the spices needed for the mixture. OH MY! Do you know how much those little packages of spices cost? Sticker shock for me. Next year I can hopefully look around for some cheaper brand of spices.

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Myrnie said...

Look in the hispanic section of your grocery store- I can normally get a normal "spice jar" worth of spices for about a dollar! If that doesn't work, the bulk section is fabulous for getting just the amount you need, at a great price!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

You should just buy Pumpkin Pie Spice. It is a mixture of spices (mostly what you described here, with the addition of ginger).

Also, go to the dollar store for spices. They come in a big jar!

Ashley said...

I LOVE the mailbox too! I usually make playdough with these ingredients, but this is a great idea for a sensory table!

Preschool Playbook said...

Thanks to everyone for all their wonderful suggestions. You can be sure I will be searching these avenues next year when it comes time to make this.

Thanks for reading!

The Activity Mom said...

love this idea! =)
Ps What sensory tub isn't messy =)

Anonymous said...

The huge problem I see with this is that there are many many kids with nut allergies. Nutmeg and pine nuts are not typically considered in the nut family, but there are an equally large number of children with pine nut allergy and nutmeg allergy (my son for example). This could be disaster for such children.

Anonymous said...

I have also used a similar idea when I teach in my classroom. Three year olds love to make a mess! My solution was to put a sheet under the sensory table so enven though they make a mess it is contained! I will have to try this agian adding spices to the mix.