How to Make a Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

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Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Jamaica who?
Jamaica Valentine for the teacher?

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He he!  Isn't that cute?  I didn't make that up by the way... coming up with jokes has never been my thing!  Sadly I am one of those that usually has to think about the joke for a few minutes and giggles when it's not funny anymore!  But the joke came from "Olive You! And Other Valentine Knock Knock Jokes"-- a book I ordered for my son for a Valentines surprise.  For my daughter I purchased, "Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!" since she loves loves the "If  You Give..." series by Laura Numeroff. Do you give anything to your kiddos for Valentines Day?  

Sensory Bin for Toddlers

I didn't have a stash of Valentines decorations so I decided to gather things from The Dollar Store-- and ya think, "Oh, it's only a dollar!" But it adds up quickly!  The sensory bin is full of all things red and pink!

To make your own Valentine's Sensory Bin, try to find a mixture of different materials surrounding your theme and mix them all together!

For our Valentine's Day Sensory Bin I added:

  • fake flower petals
  • flower buds, glitter hearts
  • heart shaped boxes
  • red shredded paper
  • lip whistles (the green was for T!  Big Brother has recently designated certain colors for "boys" and for "girls.")

I made a sensory bin for Big Brother once, but he wasn't all that interested.  I was bummed and didn't bother putting another one together for him.  All the while ideas for themes kept popping up in numerous blog posts I would read.  And I so longed to make another one. They always seemed like so much fun! I'm not exactly sure my daughter will appreciate it, but Valentines seemed just the right reason excuse to introduce her to the concept!  I mean come on!  Don't you just wanna dig away in all that red and pink goodness?! 

The whole idea is to play and explore using your senses: touch, taste, hear, smell, and see.  I tried to appeal to all the senses for this bin, and there is something for four of the five senses-- nothing to taste in there.  Well, I guess you could taste the flower petals but that doesn't seem too appealing!

I gave Little Sis a couple of trays and cups in case she wanted to sort the different materials/ objects in the bin, but she was not into that.  It pretty much all ended up on the floor....

Well that was just a snippet of fun we had with our Valentines Sensory Bin on Day 1!

Still not sure what "the big whoop " is about Sensory bins?  Check out a great post by A Purpose Driven Home and Pink and Green Mama.

And if you need some inspiration for other themes, check out Play Create Explore's 40 + Sensory Bin Ideas!   Or do a plain ol' Google Search and you will be blown away by all the amazing and creative
ways to set up sensory play.

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