Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin [Toddler Activity]

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Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and I’ve been doing a few activities with Grady to celebrate this season of love! We’ve been reading Valentines’ themed books, making hearts in play dough, and giving lots of hugs and kisses. The thing he’s enjoyed the most is his Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin! We made one last year and he loved it – so I made him a new one this year, too!

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

Here’s what we’ve got in there. I just used things from around the house that I already had:

  • The base is rice. We’ve used beans and pasta in the past, but rice is his all time favorite! If you’re feeling enthusiastic – you can dye it. I didn’t have time this year – and honestly he didn’t even seem to notice.
  • 2 pink spoons for scooping. Ours are from Beaba.
  • Pink, white, and red Pom Poms – regular and sparkly.
  • Pink and purple plastic bowls – They’re the The First Years Take & Toss ones.
  • Pink heart shaped cookie cutters – I think they are these ones.
  • Pink, white, and red foam hearts.
  • Red heart ice cube tray – great for sorting!
  • 2 wooden people – they’re from this School Bus Set from Melissa and Doug.
  • Empty Earth’s Best Baby Food Jar and Pouch Lids.

I’ll be throwing a few more things in there as the days go on to keep his interest. Different jars and scoops, more heart items, etc.

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

He spent a TON of time scooping rice into the various jars/cups. He’s very into counting right now, so he did a lot of that, too. I’ll get him to sort items by color and shape next time we get it out. He really enjoyed putting rice in the baby food jar, closing the lid, and shaking. We laid a blanket out – but it still got everywhere (the lid wasn’t always on quite right a few times). You’ll definitely need to vacuum or sweep afterwards! Totally worth the hour + time it occupied him!

Have you ever made a Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin? Grady loves sensory bins. I get a kick out of making them, too!

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  1. My daughter would love this! I’m gonna try to put one together for tomorrow. Your pictures are gorgeous by the way.

  2. Great idea! I am always looking for activities to do with my toddler.

  3. I really want to do this, but I’m afraid my toddler would just dump everything on the floor…has that ever been an issue with your little man?

    • No, he’s never dumped the whole thing out. It IS messy though. You could try beans or pasta as the base first to see how she does. Those are easier to clean up!

  4. What cute ideas. I wish I had known about sensory bins when my kids were tiny.

  5. This is such a great idea. I have seen this before and I thought it would be great for my 19 month old. But he is the stereotypically toddler and puts everything in his mouth. I would really need to do some brainstorming to come up with a variety of items that he could safely play with. It seems like he can make anything “unsafe.”

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