Love is in the air! And you can use all your senses to experience it with these amazing Valentine’s Day sensory bins for kids! So many different textures and materials to explore! Your toddler or preschooler or older child will have tons of ways to explore this Valentines Day.
What are Sensory Bins?
A sensory bin is a hands on learning experience that incorporates the senses. It usually takes the form of a shallow container that holds small toys, fine motor tools and a filler material. They are meant to allow your child to explore the items using their senses. Generally filler materials include things such as rice and sand but can varies widely. Tools include items such as spoons or measuring cups while the toys can be anything from dinosaurs to cars.
Benefits of Sensory Bins
There are many benefits to using sensory play at Valentines as well as through out the year. These include developing fine motor skills, academic learning, language skills, self-regulation, focus and concentration, sensory integration, imagination and social skills.
- Sensory bins provide an opportunity to develop language skills as your little one explore new materials, sensations and tools.
- The opportunity for your child’s imagination to take center stage in sensory play is immense. Whether they are exploring the materials or engaging in small world play, sensory bin are wonderful ways for your child to flex their imaginations.
- Sensory bins can be used with multiple children to help foster cooperative play and to strengthen social skills.
- Tactile learning and sensory integration is enhanced through the exploration or new textures, sound, sights and smells and occasionally tastes.
- Sensory bins strengthening fine motor skills through scooping and pour, transferring and measuring.
- Sensory bins can be modified to meet a wide range of learning outcomes, including learning colours, letters, and density and volume.
Ways to Contain the Mess
The mess created from sensory play is usually the number one reason why parents (myself included) don’t engage in sensory play as often as we would like. There are ways that you can help contain the mess from sensory bins as well as make the clean up process easier.
- Take the sensory bin outside. If weather permits, set up you messy sensory play ideas outside.
- Protect your floors with a kiddie pool, table clothes or plastic shower curtain.
- Reduce the size of the sensory bin. The smaller the sensory bin the smaller the mess.
- Choose a type of filler that is less messy and easier to clean up. Water is my favourite. Just place a towel under the bin and around the immediate play area for the easiest clean up.
Manage Your Expectations
It is only around the age 3 or 4 that my kids started to play with a sensory bin for 30 or more minutes, sometimes for hours. Before that, they would play with it for a few minutes, sometimes more sometimes less. So when you create a sensory bin, it is helpful to use a bin that has a lid so that you can close it off and set aside while they aren’t playing with it. When they comes home from school or wake up from a nap, you can pull it out again and let them naturally come back and engage with the material through out the day.
Valentine’s Day Sensory Bins for Kids
Age Suitability for Valentine’s Day Sensory Bins
These activities vary for toddlers aged children 18 months old and up. My kids are 5, 5 and 8 years old.
The mess level for this activity varies.
Difficulty to Create
Skills Developed in these Valentines Day Sensory Bins
Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!
Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers
There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!
But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.
Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.
Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again!
These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!
Click here for more information: Play2Learn
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
Find out more and grab your copy here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.