I found a package of acrylic Valentine’s Day hearts at Dollar Tree and was immediately inspired to make this Valentine’s Day sensory bin. Sensory bins are a great way to celebrate different holidays because kids can manipulate the materials and get creative all while discovering some colors and symbols of a particular theme.

This sensory play activity is very easy to make and can be added-to as you see fit. I’ve included a few additional supply ideas below but don’t forget to get your own creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with to add to this play bin. Purple, pink or white ribbon, lace, buttons, dyed pasta or feathers would do well in this themed-bin.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Materials

I found the white sand and red hearts at Dollar Tree. White sand can usually be purchased at any crafting store and if you can’t find these exact hearts, look to your local dollar store for other heart-shaped materials. Heart-shaped foam pieces, stickers, confetti or stamps could all be used in this Valentine’s Day sensory. I also included cookie-cutters and pink paper cups.

Valentine's Day sensory bin materials: White sand and red acrylic hearts

1. Add Sand to a large container

  • I used white but purple, red or pink could work too!

2. Add acrylic hearts or other heart-shaped materials

Other heart-shaped or Red/Pink materials to consider:

  • Stickers
  • Heart-shaped Foam Cut-Outs
  • Pink or Red Ribbon
  • Heart-Shaped Confetti
Valentine's Day Sensory Bin: Hearts in White sand

3. Include heart-shaped cookie cutters and tools for scooping and pouring.

  • Scoops
  • Funnels
  • Spoons
  • Cups

4. Let your kids go crazy!

If your kids are like mine, this activity will hold their attention for hours. I do recommend keeping a broom or vacuum nearby for easy clean-up once this sensory bin is wrapped up. Another option is Kinetic Sand which tends to clump together and be a little less messy to play with and deal with at the end.

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