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.
- 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.
- Explore! There is no wrong way to do this. My son did a lot of filling and dumping to start with.
- Explore how the grounds feel, my son exclaimed ” cold and softy Mama!”
- 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!
- After our exploration, we fed our garden with the coffee grounds.