The Valentine’s Day season is the perfect time to give children some fun hands on experiences. Such experiences can help them develop their imaginative play as well as encourage the growth of fine motor skills. A sensory bin is the perfect activity for encouraging such skills, and making your own is easy and inexpensive. Take a peek below at how to create your own Valentine’s Day children’s sensory bin so you can aid them in developing these important skills!
DIY Valentine’s Day Children’s Sensory Bin
- Plastic bin (we chose red, naturally!)
- A bag of dried rice or beans
- Assorted measuring cups and spoons
- Tongs, stir sticks, wooden spoons, and other utensils
- Valentine themed cupcake cups
- Plastic heart containers
- Conversation hearts
- Heart cookie cutters
- Paper hearts
- Red items such as tinsel, ribbon, pom poms, craft sticks, etc.
We were able to find most of our supplies at our local dollar store and in our own kitchen. Try to find items that stay in the Valentine’s Day theme and color scheme. Your dollar store will have many themed options, and your own kitchen will have many of the utensils that make this activity fun.
The directions for making your own Valentine’s Day children’s sensory bin are quite simple. Begin by laying down a tablecloth or bed sheet so you can enjoy easy clean up later. Pour the rice or beans into the bin and add in the suggested materials. Place the bin at the center of the blanket, and allow children plenty of time to manipulate the items. They will enjoy scooping and pouring the rice, filling the cups, and using the other items to play. Their creativity will surely unfold and their little hands will get practice at some important skills!
Gather your supplies and try creating your own Valentine’s Day children’s sensory bin. It is a fun activity that is both frugal and educational!
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