If you haven't noticed yet, we're kind of addicted to our sensory bins! Small world play with a fun material could entertain us for hours, so when I was trying to come up with a few Valentines for our little friends, I knew we had to share our love of sensory materials in some way! These four mini sensory bin valentines can all be put together with homemade or purchased materials, plus a few figures! The only danger is, they're so cute you may not want to give them away!
I started with an Altoid tin and painted it black. After it dries you can affix a homemade label with a cute saying and your child's name. I used some floral washi tape to make it more festive! Once the tin is ready to go, gather the contents you want to include and assemble it!
Here are the sensory materials we used, with recipes to make your own or links to buy them:
- Bug Tin- play dough recipe or Play-Doh
- Safari Tin- moon sand recipe or Moon Dough
- Ocean Tin- floam recipe or Play Floam
- Space Tin- flubber recipe or Gak
Aren't these love bugs adorable! Not only is it great for sensory and imaginative play, but kids can practice fine motor skills with the inclusion of tweezers!
I chose to purchase the moon dough instead of using the homemade moon sand we already had made up, just because the dough is much less messy. If you're handing these out in a classroom, the materials need to be fairly neat!
This little fish in her floam ocean is super pretty, we mixed up a few colors of the purchased floam and it makes for a cute ocean floor!
The space valentine was my kids' favorite... probably because they really, really like flubber! Who can blame them, it's so stretchy and gooey even I can't help play with it when it's out!
I'm always surprised by how much you can fit in a tiny Altoid tin, you can see here that everything really does fit and still allow the tin to close! These would also be great busy bags for play on the go if you just want to make a few tins up for your own kids! The tins give a pretty tight seal, so I wouldn't worry about the doughs drying up.
I think this may be the first year ever that we're not making Valentine's Day cards at the last minute! I can't wait to see our friend's faces when Aurora and Gray give them their little love gifts!
If you're looking for more ideas for sensory materials to include, check out my Complete Guide to Sensory Play!
For more adorable Valentine's Day projects and ideas, check out my Pinterest board: Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Holiday: Valentine's Day on Pinterest.