This Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin is a fun way for kids to explore different textures and use their imagination!
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I’m excited to share this Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin with you. One of our favorite activities is sensory bins. Sensory bins are a wonderful tool for kids – they are fun, foster learning, and help meet developmental needs. We always enjoy experimenting with sensory activities and this is our new Valentine’s Day themed sensory bin.
Clear Storage Bin
5 lb bag of rice
Pink/Red food coloring
Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin
In a large zipper bag, add the amount of rice you would like to color pink. Set aside half of the rice and leave it white. To color the rice, add one teaspoon of vinegar and a drop of food coloring for each cup of rice that you use. Zip the bag and mix it until it is covered.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the rice out on it. Place in an oven on warm for 15-20 minutes just to dry it out. When the rice is dry, it is ready to use. Pour it into your plastic bin.
Add your manipulatives to the bin! Use a variety of textures to keep it interesting. Be sure to check out the assortment at Oriental Trading for all of your Valentine’s Day sensory bin manipulatives. There are SO many fun, colorful, tactile items to choose from!
Get creative with the activities you plan to do with the bin. My boys really absolutely loved searching for magnets in the sensory bin with their magnet wands. They were entertained for a long time and it was fun to watch their minds work and creativity fly!
Other Sensory Bin Play Ideas:
- Sort the pink hearts and red hearts.
- Count the hearts by color and then all together.
- Add and subtract the hearts
- Use magnets
- Rearranging the letters into different words