Family Sensory Play

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

February 10, 2015

Valetines Day Sensory Bin

Love may be in the air, but it is definitely in this month’s sensory bin. 

The thing I love about sensory bins is that the are incredibly cheap to put together and provide hours of play. Of course with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I had to take the opportunity to create Liam a sensory bin full of love. It’s totally cheesy but I don’t even care. I’ve never been particularly fond of Valentine’s Day myself, but I’m excited to shower a little extra love on my tiny Valentine this year. I hope that I can teach him how special holidays can be, even with the smallest gestures and that even though it’s fun to spoil your loved one on Valentine’s Day, every day should be full of love.

This particular bin has had Liam in fits of giggles so hard he fell over backwards. He loves digging through the beans, sorting the pom poms and transferring the plastic hearts from cup to cup. His chopsticks are definitely his favourite tool and the most giggles come when something slips out of them. I’m actually impressed with how well he can manipulate the small objects with the chopsticks. Adding tools like this is a great way to exercise children’s fine motor skills.

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

Shirt: Old Navy 

Included:
red plastic bin
chopsticks
scoop
plastic cup
pom poms
heart shaped table scatter
bulk beans from the grocery store

 I collected all of the items in this bin from the dollar store and cost less than $10

The great part about bins like this is that I can reuse the bin, beans and tools for future bins and store the hearts and pompoms for future Valentine’s Day crafts or another sensory bin next year. I’m really excited to continue making a new sensory bin for Liam each month and already have been collecting items. Target clearance is great for cheaper items by the way! I’ve scored some great plastic animals that I’m really excited to put to use. But just like Liam, you will have to wait a couple more months to see those ones. Until then, we will keep digging for hearts and sharing the love with our Valentine’s Day themed bin.

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin 2

By the way, I’ve started blogging for Momstown Central Alberta! Check out my post about working out with a toddler here.

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Lindsey
    February 10, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Love this! I am excited to do things like this with A once she is older and things don’t go into her mouth as much and/or just get tossed everywhere!

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      Becky
      February 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      It’s a lifesaver some days!

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    Amie
    February 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I love these! Such a great idea. Have the target sales been better now? I heard last week they were only about 10%

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      Becky
      February 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      10-30% depending. Some stuff is more but not marked that way. They are still getting truck loads in though.

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    Maisie
    February 10, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Adorable idea!!

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      Becky
      February 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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    Jennifer
    February 10, 2015 at 9:23 am

    When I was working with Alberta Pulse Growers, we would go to Aggie Days in Calgary every year, and a big part of our display was bins of beans, chickpeas, peas, and lentils that the children could touch. Red lentils were, by far, a favorite – they create a huge mess, but they’re so soft and smooth. With their bright orange color, they’d be perfect in a Halloween sensory bin. 😉

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      Becky
      February 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Ooh, I’ll have to remember that for this coming Halloween. Last year I used some black beans and Liam LOVED them.

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    Cassandra
    February 10, 2015 at 9:59 am

    How do you manage to have him keep all the things in the bin? Oliver dumps his bin on the floor everytime

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      Becky
      February 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      The beans get put away if he gets too crazy with them. He does a good job of keeping it contained for the most part.

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    Kaella
    February 10, 2015 at 10:03 am

    You’re such a great mama! I love this!

    • Reply
      Becky
      February 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Aw, thank you! <3

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    laura @ scribbles and sass
    February 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    what a cute idea that teaches so many skills and makes it more than just heart-shaped chocolate.

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      Becky
      February 10, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks! It’s super fun watching them scoop and dump and pick things up with chopsticks.

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    Leigh
    February 10, 2015 at 11:32 am

    What a great idea! Keeping that in mind for when Amelia is a little older 🙂

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      Becky
      February 10, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Definitely! There’s lots of cool ideas for baby friendly sensory play too. 🙂

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    Brie
    February 10, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Love this! I can’t wait until I can do things like this with Sully. Pinning for future reference 🙂 🙂

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    Alison
    February 11, 2015 at 9:34 am

    LoVe love love this. SO cute. Next year I think D will be more ready for this.

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    Alycia
    February 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    So fun!! I will have to try somethings like this for Palmer! I love that its cheap too! Always a great activity! 🙂

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    Tawnya Faust
    February 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Love this idea 🙂 I love sensory bins, they keep them busy forever!! Thanks for linking up with us this week, Becky! xo

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      Becky
      February 17, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Of course! Thanks for hosting, as always <3

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