With Valentine’s Day around the corner it gives us the perfect excuse to get out the hearts and get involved in some Valentines sensory play. To date we have created a Valentines Day Sensory Bin out of corn kernels, Neon Valentine Sensory Bottles, Magnetic Valentine Hearts and Super Soft Valentine Play Dough. This time I wanted the focus to be on developing Adam’s fine motor skills so we put together a Valentine Fine Motor Sensory Bin.
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In our heart shaped plastic bowl I poured in combination of salt, red coloured salt and snow confetti left over from our Candy Cane Salt Writing Tray which appeared on the Preschool Spot blog. I then hid a variety of glitter foam hearts and red pom poms in the sensory bin base. Around the edge of the bowl I placed heart shaped storage boxes where Adam could place his sensory bin finds.
Next I needed some fine motor tools. I chose the Gator Grabber, Squeezy Tweezer and Handy Scooper from our Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set. I also added our purple Jumbo Tweezer, a pink Prepara Super Scooper, a pink measuring scoop and our brilliant CleverstiX – training chopsticks.
Adam got involved with his Valentine Fine Motor Sensory Bin straight away. He loves experimenting with the CleverstiX and used them to remove the red pom poms. He placed these one at a time into the small heart shaped boxes.
He still struggles to use the Jumbo Tweezer but persevered for some time. He attempted to also remove the pom poms but didn’t have as much freedom of movement as he does with the CleverstiX. Adam also found it difficult to maneuver the Gator Grabber in order to pick up the pom poms.
However, the Handy Scooper proved to be a huge hit – even though it also collected up most of the sensory bin base too. We suddenly had snow confetti and salt everywhere! The Squeezy Tweezer was the perfect size to pick up the smaller pom poms.
Once the pom poms had all been collected into the heart shaped boxes Adam turned his attention to finding the foam hearts. I had expected him to use the fine motor tools or his hands to locate them. Instead he opted to use the large pink measuring scoop. He hunted around the Valentine sensory bin until he had found each one.
The best thing about our Valentine Fine Motor Sensory Bin is that I have been able to leave it out so that Adam can explore it time and time again. Each time he goes back to the activity his ability to use the fine motor tools improves.
* Sensory bin base – we used a combination of salt, coloured salt and snow confetti. You could also use coloured rice, shredded paper or pasta.
1. Love Coupons from KiddyCharts
2. Valentine Fine Motor Sensory Bin from Adventures Of Adam
3. Love Bug Craft from Play & Learn Everyday
4. Love Tot Pack from Kori at Home
5. Books About Love from Learning by Design
6. Doodle Heart Painting from Flash Bugs Studio
7. Painted Heart Garland for Preschoolers from Craft Create Calm
8. Fingerprint Heart Art from Teach Beside Me
9. DIY Friendship Love Bracelet from Living Ideas
10. 6 Simple Date Ideas from Great Googa Moogas
11. Fingerprint Heart Keepsake from Messing Little Monsters
12. Book Review – 5 Love Languages from MissJaimeOT
13. Newspaper Heart Garland from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
14. Sign Language Love Artwork from Pray Species
15. Geeky Valentine’s day Chocolates from Two Married Geeks
16. Sweet Hearts to Sew from Coloured Buttons
17. Valentines invitation to Play from My Bored Toddler
18. Valentine’s day Tracing Worksheets from Living Life and Learning
19. Using mindmaps and thinking routine to explore the concept of love from Smart Tinker
20. Foil Heart Painting from Crafts on Sea
21. Free Valentine’s Day Printable Pack for Preschoolers from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
22. Valentine’s Day Game from Books and Giggles
23. Conversation Heart Goop from Raising Little Superheroes
24. Easy Carved Love Stamps for Kids from The Usual Mayhem
25. 14 Days of Love Notes from There’s Just One Mommy
26. Kite Valentines Card from KiddyCharts
27. Valentines Biscuits – Heart Shaped Frozen Yoghurt Sandwiches from KiddyCharts
28. 7 Healthy Ways to Show Your Family LOVE This Valentine’s Day from Shrinking Momster
29. Sandy Hearts Sensory Play from Simple Fun for Kids
30. 50+ Awesome Valentines Day Printables for Kids from KiddyCharts
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