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I know it’s time to switch up my daughter’s sensory bin when I notice that it’s been sitting untouched.  Her last sensory bin, Jingle Bells and Snowballs, was a huge success.  However, all good things must come to an end.  Enter: Valentine’s Sensory Bin.  I realize that it’s not quite Valentine’s Day yet, but it is quickly approaching.  A quick stop by our local dollar store for sensory bin supplies assured me that I am not the only one thinking hearts these days.

I love building sensory bins for my youngest (she’s almost 2).  Sensory bins are great for small hands and minds.  While playing in her bin she learns so much: how to manipulate containers, what happens when a container is dumped out, how to hide and uncover objects, the list goes on.  Changing out the base material and contents often helps keep the littlest ones interested and engaged.  I typically match the theme of the contents with the season, holiday, and/or something specific I’m trying to teach her.

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How to build a Valentine’s Sensory Bin:

*Caution: I have elected to use a lot of smaller items (read: potential chocking hazard) in this bin.  If you are concerned that your child will put the items in their mouth, you will want to pick more suitable base material and appropriate novelty items.*

1 – Pick a container.  The bin I use is a clear plastic Sterilite latch bin from Target.  It is 11″x 17″, so not super huge, but the perfect size for her to play in, and easy enough for me to pick up and store somewhere out of the way when we’re not using it.  The latching lid feature is great should the bin fall so the lid doesn’t fly off and spill your contents all over the floor.  No bueno, especially with rice in there!

2 – Pick a base material.  The Jingle Bells and Snowballs bin had soft cotton balls for the base material.  Wanting a different texture for her to explore I picked rice for the base.  Rice is a lot harder, and smaller is size which will be give this sensory bin an entirely different feel for her.  I do love themes, so of course I dyed the rice festive Valentine’s red and pink.  I used a total of 6 cups of rice, 2 white, 2 red, and 2 pink.

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3 – Add in some containers, scoops, and novelties.  I already had the rice and mini solo cups pictured below, but everything else I picked up at the dollar store for $5 including a new set of measuring cups.  My dear daughter is constantly stealing mine, now she has her own!

Valentines Sensory Bin for toddlers, a sensory experience for toddlers to enjoy and learn from. Toddlers, sensory play, valenties, valentines day, sensory bin, toddler activities @notquitesupermn www.pinterest.com/notquitesupermommn www.notquitesupermom.com

She’s napping now, however, I don’t expect that the rice will stay in the nice neat colored rows for long.

Valentines Sensory Bin for toddlers, a sensory experience for toddlers to enjoy and learn from. Toddlers, sensory play, valenties, valentines day, sensory bin, toddler activities @notquitesupermn www.pinterest.com/notquitesupermommn www.notquitesupermom.com

Do your kiddos love sensory bins?  What’s are some of their favorite sensory materials to explore with?

Have fun!

x – Nicole

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