Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin
As we move into the month of February, we get to start looking forward to Valentine’s Day. While you may be planning a special date night with your loved one, don’t forget to get your whole family involved in the Valentine’s Day fun! Sure, you can spoil your little one with Valentine’s Day cards and sweet treats, but why not add in a fun activity to celebrate the week of love? There are so many fun Valentine’s Day activities that you can do with your young children that are not only fun but can also engage your little learners! If you are looking for some fun ways to play with your child during this holiday, keep reading for a sensory bin with simple materials that is also a great way to practice fine motor skills!
- Pink decorative sand
- Pom poms (I used white and a white/pink combo)
- Pink buttons
- Pink heart gems
- Pink heart shape cookie cutters
- Pink and white straws
- Bin or tray
- Scoop and a small container
First, you will need to prep the sensory bin by pouring the colored sand into the tray. Make sure to spread the sand out into an even layer.
Next, add the cookie cutters to the tray.
Then, you’ll start to add the pom poms. You want to spread out the different items instead of keeping them grouped up or tossing them in.
The next thing you’ll need to do is add the heart gems.
Next, add in the pink buttons.
The last thing you will add is the straws. Place the scoop and small container in the bin for your child to use.
Now it’s time for some sensory play!
Isn’t this such a fun, simple craft to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
This is also a great opportunity to practice some of those skills that your kindergarten students will need to know. Themed activities like this one are the perfect way to let your young kids explore different colors and textures. They can use the straws to draw in the sand, practice picking out the gems and pom poms, or use the scoop and container to move the sand and other small items.
You can also play along with your child and practice skills such as counting by having your little one pick out a certain amount of items. Or, you could practice color recognition by naming a color and having them choose an item from the different colors in the bin. Another great option for older kids is to have them practice drawing their name or other sight words in the sand.
However you decide to play with your kindergarten-age child, they will be sure to have so much fun with this Valentine’s-inspired sensory bin!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where can I find the items for this bin?
Most of the items, like the pom poms, cookie cutters, and buttons, can be found at a store such as The Dollar Tree or Walmart. The sand may be a little harder to find, but you have a couple of options. You can check your local craft store or order some online from Amazon or Oriental Trading. Make sure to use search terms such as “craft sand” or “decor sand.” Or, if you have some time to prep and want to get creative, you can make your own craft sand.
What else can I add to the sensory bin?
If you don’t have some of these items or want to change some out, don’t worry! You could also try adding in things like different color pipe cleaners, foam hearts, candy conversation hearts, or any other fun Valentine-themed items! Any of these would make a great addition to your sensory bin.