I've seen a lot of gardening themed sensory tubs that include elements of the Peter Rabbit story, or where people have used the story to go along with spring time and gardening themes tub. I'm not going to use this tub to introduce gardening although we will talk about ways to use all the objects in the tub including the gardening tools. I just wanted all the objects in the tub to represent something from the story.
However instead of gardening, while we are learning the story of Peter Rabbit, we will be focusing on the topics of fruits and vegetables, eating healthy, and what happens when you get sick (and how to get better). Both of my kids have colds this week, so it's ironically perfect timing for that little lesson.
The filler for this tub is from a bag of Spanish moss. It has a wonderful texture and very Earthy smell so it does a great job of representing the dirt of the garden and forest in the story!
Here are some close up shots of what's included in our sensory tub. The gardening tools represent the tool shed that Peter ran in to hide and also Mr. McGregor working in his garden. The small flower represents the flower pots that Peter knocked over. There are three "brass" buttons for the buttons on Peter's jacket. These small buttons are deceptively heavy so that's a nice surprise when you pick one up! The net that Peter's buttons got tangled up in is represented by the small square of brown shelf liner. (I considered using medical gauze or cheesecloth for the net, but both of those were white and I would have wanted to dye them brown. Since this shelf liner was already brown, it was an easy pick!) The berries are for the blackberries that Peter's siblings went to gather. The cup and the spoon are for the teaspoon of tea that Mrs. Rabbit gave to Peter when he was sick.
The "food" pieces are from my kids' kitchen set. There is a slice of pie because Peter's father was put into one of Mrs. McGregor's pies. I've also included a carrot (just because everyone knows rabbits like carrots!), peas because the mouse in the story was carrying peas in her mouth, an onion because Mr. McGregor was hoeing onions, and lettuce because that's one of the vegetables that Peter stopped to eat. The loaf of bread is for Mrs. Rabbit buying bread at the baker's.
There's a small shoe by the fence that represents Peter losing his shoes in the garden, and of course the fence because Peter had to crawl under the fence to get in and out of Mr. McGregor's garden.
The most difficult piece to find for this tub was a watering can. This time of year, watering cans are few an far between, especially the miniature one I was looking to include here. Waiting till springtime would have been easier, but I was too excited about this tub to wait! So I improvised. I used a small plastic measuring cup from the kid's kitchen set and wrapped it in duct tape to make it silver like metal. Voila, instant watering can! Inside it is a small toy rabbit.
I also pulled out our collection of Peter Rabbit books to go with the sensory tub. We have two copies of the original story. (One my mom gave to me in 1994!) The "Peter Rabbit Says" book is a cute little story using several Beatrix Potter characters that play a memory game while waiting in line at the general store. There's a Peter Rabbit board book, a coloring book, and a large Beatrix Potter journal that is more like a scrapbook of everything Beatrix Potter. There are lots of little snipits and pictures about Peter Rabbit throughout the journal.
And the last little book is "Pierre Lapin", Peter Rabbit in French! I was so excited to find this book! We'll spend our French lessons working on words from this book, and then try to identify the objects in the sensory tub using French.
Check out the sensory tubs link at the top of the page to see the other sensory tubs we've made!