Explore important early learning skills with your preschoolers and kindergartners this February with this quick and easy Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin. It’s a wonderful sensory experience that’s perfect for your classroom or homeschool. Check it out today!
Are you ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little learners this year? I’m super excited to share this adorable heart-themed sensory activity with you! It’s a great way for your preschool and kindergarten-aged learners to practice important concepts this holiday season.
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This fun new sensory bin is overflowing with lots of pompoms, bracelets, pokey balls, and so much more. What you include is totally up to you, but be sure to add a variety of Valentine’s Day themed items to practice sorting and counting skills.
Keep reading to learn how you can create your own quick and easy sensory bin to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday while having lots of fun in the process.
Of course, I’ll be sharing lots of awesome ideas for putting together the perfect Valentine’s Day preschool theme too!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Sensory Play
Valentine’s Day is perfect for learning all about colors and shapes. Get ready to celebrate with lots of red and pink hearts using this fun Valentine’s Day themed sensory bin.
This sensory activity is a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home or in the classroom while exploring lots of unique textures and strengthening fine motor skills with your preschoolers and kindergartners too.
Little learners will have so much to explore in this valentine sensory bin. Keep reading to learn more about all the great early learning skills you can incorporate with this engaging and hands-on Valentine’s Day sensory activity.
Sensory Play for Preschoolers
Preschoolers and kindergartners learn best through play and sensory bins are obviously no exception. Sensory activities are perfect for keeping little kids busy during read-alouds.
Not only is sensory play lots of fun, but it’s also perfect for practicing creative thinking, problem-solving, and even fine motor skills with your early learners.
Here are some of the wonderful skills your little learners will be practicing while exploring this fun Valentine’s Day themed sensory activity:
- Creative Thinking
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Math and Reasoning
- Fine Motor Skills
- Language and Literacy
Plus, with a little brainstorming, you can incorporate all kinds of extra learning that your preschoolers and kindergartners won’t even notice!
Check out these fun ideas for exploring important early learning concepts while engaging in sensory play:
- Count the pompoms and/or pokey balls in your Valentine’s Day sensory bin. Compare the two numbers to determine which is more and which is less.
- Cut out some hearts then write a number on each one. Have kids pick a number and then count that many items. Alternatively, write the letters of the alphabet and have children put them in alphabetical order.
- Put the heart-shaped cookie cutters in order from smallest to largest. Set out blank paper and crayons for children to trace the heart shapes.
- Use tongs to practice hand-eye coordination. Take it a step further by encouraging kids to transfer the items from one container to another. We love including silicone cupcake liners in our sensory bins for exactly this reason.
Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin
Sensory bins and trays like this one are one of my favorite things because they’re so quick and easy to put together with items that you probably already have around the classroom.
Not only that, but they’re also incredibly flexible, which means an excellent budget-friendly opportunity for lots of fun and learning that your preschoolers and kindergartners are sure to love.
Are you ready to make your own Valentine’s Day sensory bin this February?
Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin
What you’ll need
- Activity Tub*
- Crinkle Paper
- Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutters*
- Valentine’s Day Bracelets
- Pokey Balls
- Scoops and Spoons
Here’s how to do it
- Add the sensory bin filler of your choice to the activity tub. We used crinkle paper.
- Arrange pompoms, Valentine’s Day bracelets, pokey balls, and heart-shaped cookie cutters as desired.
- Set out tongs and/or scoops and spoons.
- Encourage your little learners to practice scooping, counting, and sorting.
It truly is that simple to put together an amazing Valentine’s Day sensory bin that your preschoolers and kindergartners will keep coming back to over and over again.
We talked about cause and effect and even counting. Sensory activities are wonderful opportunities for play-based learning!
Want to add more learning fun to your Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin? Check out these printables and activities to extend the learning this February:
- Valentine’s Day Cut and Paste Worksheets
- Tracing Valentine’s Day Preschool Worksheets
- Valentine Sequencing Worksheets
What’s your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home or in the classroom? Don’t forget to leave a comment and share. I can’t wait to read them all and try a few with my own little learners this Valentine’s Day!