I don’t drink coffee and we got a Keurig for Christmas last year, so the only coffee The Husband drinks is now from there. I had a large bag of coffee beans that we bought in Ethiopia over 4 years ago (yuck) and a small bag of grounds that are probably even older. I’m not sure why I bought the beans as we have never at any point had anything in the house with which to grind them!
I kept both bags with the intention of making some type of coffee sensory bin at some point. I then heard that September 29 is National Coffee Day so that gave me great motivation to make it in time to share it before then with you in case you wanted to make one of your own!
I started with a base of coffee beans and coffee grounds and then it was actually Einstein’s idea to add the K-cups which I thought was pretty brilliant! Then we added a few packs of Coffee Mate that he had picked up at a hotel at some point (that child is always “collecting” random things!).
I wanted to add something to represent sugar but I didn’t have any sugar cubes. I ended up using two of the salt blocks that we made last week for our history class. They look just like rectangular sugar cubes!
I added two little coffee cups (well they are tea cups but they work well as scoops in this bin!) and a toy spatula.
The kids are liking the bin, particularly the smell of it! It has been a wee bit of a challenge to get them not to open up the packets that are in there though!
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This looks really fun! And I bet it smells amazing!
I love this! What a wonderful idea. I love the idea of scent being included on the sensory bucket.
Michelle Englefield says
Oh yummy!! What an awesome idea! I never keep up to date with those kind of days. I was only thinking of making a fall sensory bucket…so I’ve only been in the I want to do that stage.
You have such great ideas!