Big Brother’s favorite book at the moment is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. We read it at least twice a day. If you’ve ever read this book, you know how long it is…it is quite the time investment!
I think the reason he loves this book so much is because it combines make-believe with one of his favorite interests these days…the weather!
I’ve been racking my brain on a way to extend his love for this book into something more tangible and the idea for a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sensory tub came to me. After all, I have a plethora of spaghetti noodles in my pantry!
We just used items we already had on hand for the rest…pretend food, cars, and blocks from our train set to make the city. If you don’t have any blocks, you could also print out this Paper City from Made by Joel.
I put a piece of duct tape down the middle of our large, shallow plastic tub. I then used a highlighter to color some mailing labels yellow, cut them, and added them to the “road.”
Next came the buildings…Welcome to the tiny town of Chewandswallow!
And the weather began…first with frequent showers of spaghetti…
Is there such a thing as a spaghetti flood? Apparently there is in the town of Chewandswallow!
And then the rest of the food started coming down as well. Corn, eggs, hot dogs, carrots, galore! The only thing Big Brother was sorely disappointed with was the fact that there was no “wonderful Jell-O setting in the West.” I think that’s his favorite part of the book, except perhaps for the “tomato tornado”. :)
Gettin’ slimy in the noodles…
Random alert: Have you ever seen the movie Patch Adams? Do you remember the sweet little old lady who wanted to swim in a pool of spaghetti? I always thought that would be so much fun…until today. The after effects of spaghetti are not pleasant. Hard, sticky hands…blech.
I’m not gonna lie…this was messy (but oh-so-fun). I might have spent more time cleaning up after this sensory tub than the boys actually spent playing with it. But that’s okay…all the food and cars cleaned up nicely after a nice, soapy bath in the sink.
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