Monday, January 30, 2012

Sensory Bin: Mashed Potato Playtime

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So what do you do with an expired box of mashed potato flakes?  You cook them up and let your kids play with their food!

I found an expired box of mashed potatoes flakes tucked in the back of the pantry.  I didn't want them to completely go to waste, so I boiled some water (didn't bother to add milk or butter since we wouldn't be eating these), let them cool, added them to our sensory bin and let my tot and preschooler have some messy fun! 


First they used their sand toys to make mashed potato sculptures.  


Then they created a winter wonderland using miniature polar animals.  (This was the same set of animals from our Polar Region Sensory Bin.)  

It was a little messy, but a whole lot of fun for my tot and preschooler.  And now I feel a little less guilty for letting the box of mashed potato flakes expire!

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  1. That definitely sounds like a lot of sensory fun!

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    1. Yep...both my tot and preschooler had a blast! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks! Let me know if you try it!

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  3. Fun learning!
    I'm stopping by from the Tuesday Hop.
    Have a great day!
    POSH

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to check out your blog now!

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  4. I just started following you after seeing your idea on the ABC and 123 blog. I've used potato flakes and kept them as flakes so they look like snow (you need several boxes. My students had tons of fun driving toy trucks through them at our sand table!

    Come visit at my new blog...give-away going on now!

    Kelly
    "Kindergarten Kel

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    1. I never thought to use dry potato flakes! I'm sure that would be fun too! I'm off to check out your blog now!

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  5. What a great idea! Like playdough, only better! Thanks so much for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday!

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  6. What a clever idea! I will try it with not out of date pack (as it's for my toddler group and they will taste it!)

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    1. I hope your toddler group has fun with this!

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  7. I am just hopping over from my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop to thank you for linking up this week! You are very creative! I hope to see you link up next week! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! Looking forward to linking up again!

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  8. Looks like a lot of fun! I might buy a box just to give it a try. ;)

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    1. Yes...my tot and preschooler had a lot of fun with playing with their food!

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  9. Great idea! The messier, the better according to my kids. :)

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  10. I LOVE that idea for a sensory bin!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

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  11. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that this was one of the most clicked on links at last week's Teach Me Tuesday linky party! I hope we see you again this week! Also, you're welcome to grab a featured button, too!

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    1. Wow! Thanks for for featuring me on Teach Me Tuesday!

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  12. Rats! I think I just tossed out an expired box of Bisquick a couple weeks ago! And I don't usually throw anything out. Why didn't I think of this?? You are so clever! Thanks for linking up to WOTT!

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  13. Great idea for a sensory bin ... and great way to use expired mashed potatoes! I pinned your post to my Any-Season Sensory Tubs/Sensory Experiences Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/any-season-sensory-tubs-sensory-experiences/

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    1. Thanks for sharing this idea on Pinterest!

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  14. Just a quick THANK YOU for linking up last week with Thrifty Thursday, and I hope to see you again this week! I have NEVER seen Mashed Potatoes used for play before...what an awesome idea!!

    http://www.playingwithwords365.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I just linked up to this week's Thrifty Thursday!

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