Christmas Sensory Tub & Giveaway!

26 Nov

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had so much fun being with family. Now, I’m getting so excited for the Christmas season! We have our tree, lights and stockings up and it makes our home feel so cozy. This weekend, we switched out sensory tubs to a Christmas one. The boys really enjoyed playing with it.

So to start making it, you’ll need to die dry pasta. Here’s what you’ll need for it.

*Dry noodles (I used 4 (16oz.) macaroni noodle boxes)

*Rubbing Alcohol

*Food Coloring (I used the entire red and green one)

*2 Ziploc gallon size bags

So what you’ll do is dump the pasta in a Ziploc bag and pour alcohol in it until all the noodles are wet (about half bottle). Then pour the food coloring in. Shake until all the noodles are colored. Then let sit for 5-7 minutes.

Then you’ll lay the noodles on cookie sheets lined with parchment or wax paper. Let it dry (overnight is best).

Then you’ll fill it with fun Christmas decorations! This is what I put in ours:

*6 fake candy canes ($1 at Dollar Tree)

*2 Christmas tree ornaments ($1 at Dollar Tree)

*12 wrapped presents ($1 at Dollar Tree)

*12 bells ($1 at Dollar Tree)

And of course you could add whatever you’d like to the sensory tub! I let my kids have tongs, different sizes of containers, funnels, etc. to play with. They love  it! 

This was Wes’ favorite sensory tub. He really liked feeling the noodles and putting them in the cup.

Oh and he also really liked shaking the bell!

So there you have it…a fun Christmas sensory tub!

I’m so excited to announce that today is Teaching Mama’s 1st giveaway! I am very thankful for my readers and with Christmas being around the corner, I want to give back a little something to you! I’ll be giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. The boys and I absolutely LOVE going to Barnes and Noble. They love playing with the trains, checking out the books, playing with the stuffed animals and occasionally getting a delicious drink or snack. Here are a few things I am loving for the kids right now at B & N.

Melissa and Doug- Sort & Snap

Magnetic Wooden Letters

Eric Carle’s Animal Lacing Cards

BOB Books

And of course, you could use the gift card to spoil yourself! This is a great book if you are looking for a good read.

One Thousand Gifts

There are several ways you can enter this contest. See the click on the Rafflecopter giveaway below and enter away! (I’m currently trying to fix why you have to click on it instead of it just showing up, so sorry for the inconvenience!) a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, linking up with Homeschool Creations today!

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21 Responses to “Christmas Sensory Tub & Giveaway!”

  1. Erin Joseph November 26, 2012 at 9:11 #

    LOVE your new blog! Thank you for the fun idea for a sensory tub-I can see doing this for my little ones to occupy themselves during their “blanket time.” 🙂

    • teachingmamablog November 26, 2012 at 9:11 #

      THANK YOU! Yes, it would be fun for blanket time! It can get messy, but keeps the kids occupied for awhile.

  2. Susan November 26, 2012 at 9:11 #

    Love the Christmas sensory table – definitely going to do this for Kaila. I just picked up 1000 Gifts this weekend – can not wait to start reading it. I have a list of Christmas books I would love to pick up to read to the kids.

    • teachingmamablog November 26, 2012 at 9:11 #

      Thanks!! Kaila will love it and it’s really easy to set up! Oh and you will really enjoy 1000 Gifts. It gives a new meaning to being thankful. Hope you win the giveaway!

  3. Sarah Macon November 26, 2012 at 9:11 #

    I think my 2 yr old would LOVE those lace up cards! Cute blog!

    • teachingmamablog November 26, 2012 at 9:11 #

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, I think they look so much fun. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Sharla November 26, 2012 at 9:11 #

    Angela, you have the cutest ideas! Thx for all the specific instructions you give. Totally going to make the Christmas sensory tub.

    • teachingmamablog November 26, 2012 at 9:11 #

      Thanks, Sharla! I’m sure your little ones will love playing with it. Hope you’re doing with 4 kiddos now!

  5. Alison November 27, 2012 at 9:11 #

    Love this post, Ang!!! I would definitely get Rowan the next set of the Bob Readers… We already have the first set and he loves them,,,

    • teachingmamablog November 27, 2012 at 9:11 #

      Thanks sweet Alison!! I want to get the BOB readers for Troy. Glad to hear you like them, too! He may just get them for Christmas 🙂

  6. Lissa November 27, 2012 at 9:11 #

    So glad I found this blog! I love the lacing cards- I would love to buy those for our boys!

    • teachingmamablog November 27, 2012 at 9:11 #

      Thank you!! I know, those lacing cards look so fun! Thanks for your comment!

  7. Kristen Prosser November 27, 2012 at 9:11 #

    LOVE your blog Ang! Super excited for you! I have ten million things I could buy with this gift card.. love the giveaway 🙂 hello to your boys!

  8. Amber D. November 28, 2012 at 9:11 #

    Love the sensory tub idea!!! We would buy some new books for the kiddos with the giftcard! Thanks for the chance!

    • teachingmamablog November 28, 2012 at 9:11 #

      Thanks so much for your comment! Hope you will try the sensory tub. Good luck!

  9. Liz Mueller November 28, 2012 at 9:11 #

    I would buy some Christmas presents!!

  10. Stephanie November 28, 2012 at 9:11 #

    I love that sort & snap color match game… I will definitely have to get that!

    • teachingmamablog November 28, 2012 at 9:11 #

      I know it looks so fun for little ones!! Thanks for your comment and I hope you’re doing well!!

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