Can you believe how fast January is going by? The first 14 days of February are just not enough when it comes to all the fun Valentine’s Day crafts and treats. This Heart Sensory Bin is the perfect way to start celebrating with your little one.
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Create your own heart sensory bin!
The base of this sensory bin is rainbow rice. We used pink, red, and white for our colored rice, but you can choose to do just one or two of those.
To make the colored rice put several cups of uncooked rice in a gallon sized zip lock bag. Add several drops of food coloring and then shake. Shaking up the colored rice is a great activity for little ones! Once the rice is well coated, spread it out on paper towels and let it dry overnight. You will do this for each color you want to add to your bin.
Once your rainbow rice is prepared, pour it into a large container. Add mini heart erasers and pairs of Conversation Heart Foam Stickers to the rice. You can also twist red and white pipe cleaners into hearts to add to your bin.
Mix the rice and hearts around to bury some of them. It’s so much fun for kids to dig through the rice to find the hidden items!
Ask your preschooler to search for the hearts. Once they find most of the hidden hearts, see if they can match them up into pairs. You can have them match the hearts by color, or even by what the conversation heart stickers say. (I love sneaking in pre-reading skills!)
Another activity you can do with the bin is have your child sort all the hearts by color. Then they can count how many of each they have. This is the perfect time to talk about which color has the most and which has the least.
Of course part of the fun of a sensory bin is just exploring and being creative. My preschooler created a drink full of love, just for me!
The heart sensory bin is also great if you have a child in kindergarten. Have them match up the hearts by what they say, count out the colors, and figure out which they have more of. You could even have them use the heart stickers to make a graph afterwards.
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