I love putting together sensory bins for the Little Tots and they always love exploring and playing with them. Yesterday our Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin was played with in the garden in the afternoon sun. It was lovely to finally have a day where it was warm enough to sit and play outside rather than having to keep moving to keep warm.
The base of this sensory bin is dyed rice which is one of my favourite fillings and then I found lots of different textured Valentine’s themed loose parts to add to it. To this Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin I added the following (affiliate links):
- Heart cookie cutters
- Pink and red pipe cleaners
- red and pink gitter pom poms
- Heart shapped confetti
- Heart Gems
- red and pink buttons
- Rose Petals
- and Jumbo Tweezersand pots for scooping and pouring
The first thing they did was scoop, fill and pour which is why spoons and small pots are always a great addition to any sensory bin. Next they added some of the loose parts to their play, feeling the textures and pretending they were different things.
There was also lots of sorting, counting and talking about the different textures as well as talking about what Valentine’s Day is and the people we love are. It always amazes me how long they can sit and play with sensory bin and I love watching and listening to their imaginations when they play with them.
The most popular way they played with this was to make endless amounts of ice-cream and cakes out of the items for each other and pretended to eat them.
Don’t forget to check out this post on how to put together a sensory bin with lots of ideas for fillings perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
More Valentine’s Day fun:
- Try our Valentine’s Day Playdough
- Make some heart decorations using puffy paint
- Use a salt dough to make some Valentine’s Day keep sakes
- Paint some Valentine’s Day pictures using pink and red paints, glitter, heart stampers etc
- Talk about people we love and the who loves us
- Make a Valentine’s Day card for someone special
- Bake some Valentine’s Day treats
- Or for even more ideas have a look at our Valentine’s Day Pintrest Board
Areas of Learning
- Physical development: enjoying sensory experiences, picking up small objects, squatting to play.
- Understanding the World: Talking about family and friends and who we love, becomes absorbed in combing objects, exploring by linking objects together – touch, feel, pulling, hitting etc
- Personal, social and emotional development: engaging in pretend play, playing alongside other children, initiation play, keeping play going.
- Maths: counting the objects in the sensory bin, sorting by size, solving simple maths problems, filling and emptying containers, talking about shapes.
- Expressive arts and design: exploring wide range of media and sensory exploration, describing textures, playing make believe.