This Valentine’s Day dinosaur sensory bin is a fun way for your dinosaur fan to play with dinosaurs this Valentine’s Day. Grab your red rice and dinosaur toys for a fun I heart dinosaur time!
Recently my twins have decided that dinosaurs are the best thing since sliced bread. We did a painting activity for Valentine’s Day using dinosaurs and since then they have been stomping around with them roaring and munching as they go. So I decided that we needed to do a fun and of course easy to set up sensory activity.
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- Red Coloured Rice
- Navy Beans
- Large Lima Beans
- Wooden Bowls and Scoopers
- Heart Shaped Containers Artificial Leaves
- Dinosaur Toys
- Measuring Spoons
- 41 Qt, Clear Sensory Bin (Large) or a IKEA FLISAT Children’s Sensory Table
I Heart Dinosaurs Sensory Bin Set Up
Since we are in Valentine’s Day mode I wanted this sensory bin to remain in that theme. So out came the red rice! I didn’t have time to dye more but I wanted to add something else that would add more texture and interest with the dinosaurs so I also added some large lima beans and some white navy beans.
I didn’t mix everything up. Instead I let my toddlers do that. I also added a few fine motor tools like measuring spoons and mini scoopers. For containers, I added a few small wooden bowls and some red heart shaped containers as well.
For greenery I added a few leaves in the corners of the sensory bin. I really loved the simple colours in this sensory bin but to keep it in the Valentine’s theme I added some shiny pink and purple Easter eggs or dinosaur eggs! Finally the bin was ready.
As soon as my twins saw it they wanted to dive right in. They dug in the rice with the tools and used their fingers to pick up the beans to create dinosaur food.
I used desciptive words like empty and full. We talked about the different sizes of the beans and the colour of the rice. I used action words like scoop, hide and find. When they described something I helped to expand on their thought.
Looking for other fun sensory activities with dinosaurs check out this fun idea using paper!
N and A are twins. They are 23 months old.