Valentines Day Sensory Play Kids Activity
Oh Sensory play, sensory play, how my girls and I love thee!
Seriously, sensory play is top 5 in this home.
It is filled with a ton of benefits, early learning basic skills and a ton of ways you can go about setting one up!
You can set a sensory play set up to be:
Themed sensory play
Open ended sensory play
Pretend play sensory play
Educational sensory play
Play to learn sensory play
A fun invitation to play sensory play
A textured sensory bin for sensory play
Fine Motor skills sensory play
Basic skills sensory play
I can go on and on 🙂
It’s such a lovely play idea!
For this particular sensory activity, I made a heart cardboard cutout, montessori style, themed for Valentines Day!
And, I’ll be sharing the materials I used and how easy it is to make below! 🙂
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Recycled Cardboard Cutouts
Zip Loc Bag
Water Beads (preferably pink water beads)
Hot Glue Gun
Rubbing Alcohol and/or Nail Polish Remover (the magic behind how I removed the label on the zip loc bag)
Valentines Sensory Play DIY Video
Valentines Day Sensory Activities Ideas
One sensory activity we try over and over again throughout different seasons is this one.
I will add a sensory bag in between two cardboard pieces with the theme of that current season.
Check out the cardboord sensory activities we have made so far:
And now this one: Heart Cardboard Sensory Activity! 🙂
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My 4 year old and 6 year old enjoyed this sensory activity so much
But this activity isn’t only for 4 and 6 year olds.
Because the beads are contained, this can easily work as baby play!
Baby play activities such as this one come with so many benefits:
Helps in the building of nerve connections within the brain
Encourages the development of motor skills
Calming and Relaxing
Supports language development
Stimulates the senses
To name a few 🙂
So, how did we make this cardboard sensory play idea?
Here are the steps:
Cut equal pieces of cardboard
With one cardboard piece create a heart and use a craft knife to cut it out.
Set the 2 cardboard pieces aside.
Open your zip loc bag.
Insert the water beads (not too much so they can easily move around within the cardboard heart cutout)
Close the bag removing any air from inside. If you’d like to double bag, you can do so as well.
Then add your zip loc bag with water beads onto the uncut cardboard piece.
Tape it on all 4 sides making sure the zip loc bag is contained.
Then, add tape to the bottom side of the cardboard heart cutout.
Add glue around the edges that do not touch the plastic.
Place your cardboard pieces together making sure the water beads are within the cardboard heart cutout.
And, you’ve created a fun sensory play DIY!
What do you do with your kids on Valentines Day?
You can try many fun things with your kids on Valentines Day!
This heart sensory play idea is one fun activity you can try with your children.
If you used colorful beads, you can call out the different colors with your little one!
If you added less beads, see if you can move some over to one side and the others to the opposite side.
Add and subtract these!
I love that this DIY sensory play idea can be tailored to a differentiated set of ages!
What other fun educational and play to learn ideas can you think of trying with this fun sensory diy for kids?
Note: For another fun activity you can try with your little ones on Valentines Day, be sure to check out Heart Stamping Activity!
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