Are you looking for a fun Valentine’s Day activity to do with kids? Now that I’ve discovered how quick and easy it is to make a tactile sensory board – I decided to make a Valentine’s Day Sensory Board for my boys. The Christmas Sensory Board was such a big hit that this could quite possibly become a seasonal activity in our home.
I picked up an assortment of Valentine’s Day decor from our Dollar Tree. I looked for materials that would have different textures. I ended up spending $6 which included the white foam board.
- 4 strands heart beads (necklaces)
- 1 package of glitter foam hearts
- 1 roll of decorative duct tape
- one bundle of red Valentine’s flowers (this bundle had red roses and two glittery foam hearts)
- plastic dimensional heart stickers
- foam board
- hot glue gun/glue sticks
I actually pulled the silk roses, silk leaves, and the foam glitter hearts off the stems from the bundle of flowers. Then I arranged the items on the board. I tied the beads together in a knot so I would have a chunky place to glob the hot glue (on the knot).
I used A LOT of hot glue to really be sure I had the Valentine’s Day decor secured or else little hands would tear it to pieces. In the photos below, you can see the mounds of dried hot glue.
And the final touch was using the heart duct tape as a border around the entire foam board.
Voilà! Valentine’s Day Sensory Board!
TIME FOR FUN
The boys were very excited to touch, touch, touch everything on their Valentine’s Day Sensory Board! Their favorite was touching the beads and flowers.
This simple activity surprisingly provides entertainment and stimulation. They really enjoyed exploring the items and we even played games and practiced language development as we also did with the Christmas Sensory Board!
The boys explored the Valentine’s Day Sensory Board while it was propped up and they also played with it flat on the ground. Both ways are fun but my 14-month old tends to walk on it when we lay it down.
Surprisingly, it’s not torn apart and my boys definitely played rough. Of course, it should be used under adult supervision but my kiddos yanked and shook and everything is still in place! Now, I will say if you’re not a fan of glitter then avoid purchasing glittery decor because there were definitely little sparkles being rubbed off.