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Valentine's Inspired Love โค๏ธ๏ธ Sensory Bin

Happy Valentine's Day๐Ÿ’! Love๐Ÿ’— is in the air, and today, we are exploring โค๏ธ๏ธ love-themed sensory bin. I strongly believe that sensory play is extremely important for children since by manipulating different textures and fillers, children trigger various senses. In turn, by triggering sensory stimulation, they send multiple signals between neurons, which strengthens neurons connectivity and spurs neuroplasticity (the production of new connections between neurons and new neurons themselves), which in turn increases brains' agility. Also, the cleanup is minimal since everything is contained in a tub, tin, box, or any other container. (Offer a child a large enough mat/blanket which you can just shake off).  We are using this dishpan to contain our sensory play.

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What is ๐Ÿ” in our sensory bin:

  • white rice scented with lavender essential oil;
  • dried rosemary from our garden;
  • dried rose petals (from our wedding);
  • red jingle bells;
  • red pom-poms;
  • a pair of dollsโค๏ธ๏ธ;
  • L-O-V-E letters from this alphabet set;
  • a heart-shape measuring spoon;
  • and a spork tongs for transferring (buy here).


DSC_0008Spelling out "L-O-V-E" using letters from this alphabet set.
DSC_0008Smelling dried rosemary is stimulating the sense of smell.

DSC_0021Practicing scooping.
DSC_0008The scented rice gives this sensory bin an olfactory dimension.
DSC_0008Little jingle bells added an auditory dimension.
DSC_0008Exploring rosemary seeds.
DSC_0008Exercising pincer-grip while practicing fine-motor control. (Adrian is using this spork tongs.)

DSC_0049Love ๐Ÿ’ is in the air! We are using these dolls.
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DSC_0042Who said that sensory play is restricted to hands-exploration only?
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As a result of this fun sensorial activity, Adrian stimulated the following senses:

  1. ๐Ÿ‘€  The Sense of Sight: spelling out L-O-V-E,
  2. ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿป Touch - rose petals, texture of  the rice, "fluffy and soft" pom-poms,
  3. ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿป Hearing - jingle bells,
  4. ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป Smell -white rice scented with lavender essential oil and dried rosemary,
  5. ๐Ÿ‘… The sense of Taste was the only sense that was not stimulated today since the taste of lavender is not very appealing. 

Thus, our โค๏ธ๏ธ love-themed sensory bin stimulated four out of the five of the main senses:๐Ÿ–๐Ÿป tactile,๐Ÿ‘€ visual,๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป olfactory, and๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿป auditory, leaving out only the sense of taste. However, the fun Adrian experienced was immeasurable! 

For more on Valentine's activities see here "โค๏ธValentine's Inspired Activities for Kids" roundup. Or see here our last year's "Valentine's ๐Ÿ’— Inspired Shelfies." 

For more on sensory bins, see here our Christmas-inspired Shredded Paper Sensory Bin with a Math twist post.

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