Today, I am going to show you some different Valentine’s Day sensory bins that you can use with your students. Many of the ideas can be adapted for different goals, which helps with lesson planning for mixed groups.
Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Fillers
Every sensory bin should have a filler item in the bin. The filler is using a tactile material that helps bring make the materials more engaging. You can read all about sensory bin ideas HERE.
Here are a list of some types of sensory bin fillers (Amazon Affiliate links included for your convenience):
- Red or pink gift wrap shredded paper
- Red, purple, pink and white pom pom balls
- Brown pom pom balls to be chocolate for your bin (you can use empty chocolate gift containers from the Dollar Tree)
- Heart foam pieces
- Dyed red rice
- Dyed red pasta
- Candy hearts
- Plastic heart mini containers
- Heart mini erasers
- Red and pink cupcake liners
How to Choose Your Sensory Bin Filler
Picture your caseload and what they may like to touch or what is best for their sensory system. For example, a lot of my younger mod-severe students cannot handle small plastic items because they would try to eat them. Or, they may try to dump out the bin, so I want easy to clean up fillers.
Sticking with affordable fillers that are easy to clean like shredded paper, foam pieces and pom pom balls would be a good choice for my students.
For friends that need the sensory input you may want to use rice or pasta. It’s all about what your friends can handle. I stick all of my sensory bin fillers in gallon sized plastic bags and rotate with one bin. That makes it easier to store.
Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Material Ideas
When choosing what materials you want to put in your bin, think about all the task cards you have in your therapy rooms. Those can be put in your bin. If you need some Valentine’s Day verb cards, grab this FREE set in my TPT store.
Put story elements from the book you are reading in the sensory bin and work on story retell. What materials do you put in your Valentine’s Day sensory bins? Share in the comments!
Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas
One of the most versatile sensory bins I have made simply had shredded paper, pom poms and foam hearts in the bin. I added visual stimulus pictures from my Any Craft Companion resource to the foam hearts with paper clips and had students use a magnetic wand to collect all the hearts. If you need more ways to use your magnetic wands with students, check out this blog post HERE.
This went well with the book, “The Day it Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond. Incorporating the magnetic wand made it extra engaging for students. You can switch out stimulus items on the foam hearts easily group after group.
Broken Hearts Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin
Have your students find the broken hearts that are in the sensory bin. Use these word association match-ups in your sensory bin from my Valentine’s Day language lesson plan guides. You can use the pictures to compare/contrast, use in grammatically correct sentences, answer wh – questions and describe by attributes.
Verbs Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin
Use the heart verb cards from my Valentine’s Day language lesson plan guides in a sensory bin. Have students pick the verb card and then use the sentence frames to discuss all the different ways you can use that verb. I also have “What is the person doing?” stimulus cards with visual answer choices. You can use them with my heart cutouts. Attach paperclips to the task cards. If the child gets a card that has a heart attached, they can keep it. Whoever has the most hearts wins.
What Valentine’s Day Sensory Bins Do You Love
Share your favorite bin fillers and materials to use with a sensory bin. You can also grab some FREE printables for your next Valentine’s Day sensory bin by downloading my ultimate sensory bin guide.