Rescue the Hearts: Fine Motor Activity

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INSIDE: Rescue the Hearts sensory bin is a fun fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Your toddler will love searching for finding the hearts and this easy to set up activity.

Rescue the Hearts: Fine Motor Activity

We love a good rescue mission in our house! They are a super quick way to keep toddlers and preschooler entertained. They also make wonderful fine motor activities when you pair them with tongs or spoons.

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How to Set up Rescue the Hearts

Rescue the Hearts: Fine Motor Activity

Grab a sensory bin or laundry basket or cardboard box. Place inside the bin, artificial rose petals. If you don’t have rose petals no worries! You can use red coloured rice; (find the recipe here); or white rice or Valentines themed crinkled paper or red, pink and purple tissue paper.

Hide your heart erasers in the petals. If you don’t have heart erasers, you can use heart beads, foam hearts or heart cut from construction paper.

Rescue the Hearts: Fine Motor Activity

Use washi tape or masking tape too create a web across the top of the sensory bin. Set up a muffin tin (I used a heart cookie mold) for you little one to place the hearts they find into.

Rescue the Hearts: Fine Motor Activity

How to Play Rescue the Hearts

Hand your little one a set of tongs or tweezers and let invite them to find the hearts hidden in the sensory bin. For young toddlers you can talk about what they are doing and identify the hearts they find (ie. the colour, pattern size). For older toddlers and preschooler ask them what they find. Once they are done ask them count the total number of hearts. Have them toss them back in to the sensory bin and hide and find them again and continue strengthening their fine motor muscles.

Rescue the Hearts: Fine Motor Activity

My twins are almost 3 years old.

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