Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Simple Valentine's Sensory Bin

Happy Valentine's Day

Baby Rex is at an age where he doesn't really understand most holidays. But that doesn't stop us from having a little fun. This Valentine's themed sensory bin was just the thing to brighten up a cold February afternoon. 
Baby Rex and Little Bear enjoyed exploring the contents:
red & white rice
conversation hearts
heart scoops
foam hearts
heart bracelets

Little Bear is a bit more timid than Baby Rex with new materials and textures. I love that he watched Baby Rex interact with the sensory bin before deciding to play himself. Another great example of how sensory play will meet each child where they are and engage them accordingly. Sensory play is an amazing activity for side by side and early cooperative play. 

These two tots really enjoyed their Valentine's surprise sensory bin. They happily explored and played with little input from me. 

I love how sensory play really highlights each of their personalities. Baby Rex is about the big actions and noises- he like to scoop & dump the rice, rain down handfuls, sit in the bin, and trow rice about. 
Little Bear is much more meticulous and detailed orientated. He was the first to notice that the conversation hearts had words printed on them. He inspected each element of the sensory bin in great detail.

Hope you find a special and fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your little ones

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