Put together a heart-themed sensory play tray and let your young child explore textures, shapes, colors and practice fine motor skills too!
We are joining up today for a series called Simple Play by Nurturestore.
Today it is all about Sensory Bins. Now, this can get messy, so be prepared. Play outside if you can, or on a tablecloth, you can just shake off when done. Also, it is not intended for mouthing babies, but I always let my 1-year old join in, but I watch him closely.
Remember our Valentine’s Themed Loose Parts #simpleplay activity? We used the same items today, added some pink-colored rice, a spoon and a pair of craft tongs.
The items have different textures to them: soft, smooth, shiny, hard, coarse etc. This led to a discussion and language development opportunity.
3.5 year old Lella had to transfer the items from one heart-shaped basket to the other by either using the spoon or tongs. She discovered the flat items are more difficult to pick up with the tongs and opted to use the spoon instead. Good opportunity for fine motor skills and problem-solving as well.
We played “hide the hearts”, and matching colors, sizes and textures. She was learning while we played and had fun with this heart-shaped sensory play setup.