I tried a dry sensory bin for Valentine’s Day with shredded paper and some of these items but it just doesn’t get played with like a water sensory table!
Valentine Water Sensory Play
- colored water – we used a small amount of red food coloring. No it did not stain their hands.
- glitter, optional – I know some child care or preschool settings are not allowed to use it any more.
- small heart shaped items – we used table scatter beads from the Dollar Tree
- small cups, containers – kids love to collect items, put a cover on, shake, etc
- foam glitter hearts – also from the Dollar Tree store
- “pokey” balls -I’m not sure what else they are called – they are great for the sensory table!
- heart shaped containers with lids – from the Dollar Tree
- candy tubes – we had some from the Wilton Candy Stix kits we’ve never used – I don’t think they make them any more?
Basically I save everything that *might* be good for sensory bin or loose materials play! This can be good and bad… you never know what the group may find interesting and how they will use it.
Our valentine water sensory play tub was a big hit!
- collecting all of one item
- sorting by color – all pink hearts
- two older boys observed the bubble moving back & forth in the tube. Identified it as a bubble.
- problem solving – little one attempted to remove foam hearts from tube
- observing floating & sinking items
- fine motor skills snapping on covers/removing them again
- and so much more!
Happy Valentine’s Day!