Coffee Grounds Sensory Tub

coffee grounds preschool play I have used a lot of things in sensory tables and tubs before, but I had never had a coffee grounds sensory exploration until today. To say it was a big hit is a big understatement. At first, he did the standard scooping but soon our patio turned a coffee shop, and the sensory play turned into dramatic play! Also, the grounds are great for your garden so don’t forget to add them to your dirt after you are done.

  1. Gather your materials. I saved up three days worth of used coffee grounds from my trusty and much-used coffee maker. You will also need a tub, some coffee scoops ( any thing will do) and some mugs. I believe the cups were the trick to connect the coffee grinds to the dramatic play that came about 10 minutes into the exploration. I am so glad I grabbed them.Coffee Grounds sensory play in preschool
  2. Explore! There is no wrong way to do this. My son did a lot of filling and dumping to start grounds sensory
  3. Explore how the grounds feel, my son exclaimed ” cold and softy Mama!”
  4. Next, we played coffee shop, this was completely directed by my son, and here he is handing me my “banana coffee” not my usual soy cappuccino, but I happily took it!coffee grounds sensory play activities
  5. After our exploration, we fed our garden with the coffee 026


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  1. Allie says

    Yeah the really amazing and significant thing was how it turned into dramatic play. He was very particular about how he served me coffee , and asked me for my money!

    Also the clean up was not bad at all- it shook right off him,we washed out hands and were ready for dinner.

    I am heading over to 6’oclock stich now 🙂

  2. Allie says

    I actually just read a study about how to make the block center in a classroom into dramatic play, using books during story time. Anyway it was still fresh when I got to witness first hand many of the same things with my son, very exciting to me.

  3. Sarah says

    If you combine 2/3 coffee grounds with 1/3 cornmeal it absorbs some of the messiness, keeps it from staining, makes the grounds go further (like in a preschool setting) but doesn’t impact the texture, look, or coffee smell! Win!


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