Friday, March 9, 2012

Lorax Themed Sensory Bin

The Lorax has become sort of a big thing around here.

It's always been my favorite Dr. Seuss book, but with all the buzz about the movie, (which we loved, by the way,) and all the crafting and planning for V's birthday party, the book is in constant rotation around here.

I decided to scavenge through my craft stash, to see if I could put together a sensory bin for the kids to reenact the story.

Truffula trees.

The grass and Truffula trees were easy, colored rice and pom poms hot glued to pipe cleaners, (with some extra pom poms as Truffula tufts, and short pipe cleaners as tree stumps.)

Swomee Swans and Bar-ba-loots.

I actually found some wooden bird and bear cut outs lying around here, which I painted to use as Swomee Swans and Bar-ba-loots.

Polymer clay "humming fish."

I was at loss for what to make the humming fish out of, until I remembered I still had some polymer clay lying around. I fabricated a couple of "humming fish," which looked rather like Goldfish crackers.

The Lorax and the Onceler.

I ended up making the Lorax and the Onceler out of little wooden peg blanks. In keeping with my utter lack of painting ability, I kept it simple. They were painted with acrylic paint. I added a mustache and eyebrows to the Lorax made out of wool roving, and covered the Onceler with a layer of "miff muffered moof" made out of wool roving as well. (Ok, I have no idea what miff muffered moof is, but since the Onceler was into the fiber arts, I'm thinking wool roving was probably appropriate.)

Lorax themed sensory bin.
Here's the whole set up. Both kids are having fun with it, repeating the story nearly verbatim.

I belatedly realized that I had forgotten the "unless" rock. I remedied that after I took the picture, with a small rock and a Sharpie.

I may try to come up with some Truffula fruit and some sort of Thneed if the kids maintain this level of interest in the story.



  1. Oh my gosh I LOVE this!!!! This is absolutely adorable!!!!

  2. I love your truffula trees!!! Too cute..would like to invite you to share this with us at Sharing Saturday here..

    Thanks so much and have a great weekend,