I wasn’t going to post this for another week but my little man loves it so much that I couldn’t help but be excited to share. Sensory tubs are a fun way to include holiday themes in your house without putting up a million decorations. I like using natural things in sensory tubs if possible and the combination of the two beans is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Edited to add that I just discovered that there has been issues with dried kidney beans being toxic as few as 4-5 beans ingested could cause stomach upset and more please replace the red kidney beans in this sensory table with red lentils.
As always watch your children carefully even older kids you think may be past the “mouthing” stage may still put things in their mouths.
- Gather your materials. You will need a large pan , plastic tub or Tupperware ( FYI I bought a cute red one from Walmart for $1.43 but liked how the beans looked in this better so I returned it , but had to share how low cost it can be!). You will also need some dried red lentils, dried navy beans, some heart glitter and foam hearts.
- Add the beans and lentils into the pan. Let your little on play for a bit. Then ask if they want to make it even cooler?!
- Add the sparkly hearts and foam.
- Dig in and play!
Remember that sensory tables and tubs are messy. Be prepared to use the dust buster, or broom a lot. Our rule is that ooops spills are accidents ( and we have a lot of those!) and you don’t get in trouble for accidents. If you spill on purpose you get one warning then the tub is put away until tomorrow and we will try again. It’s worked for us and kept both of us from getting too hung up on messes and focusing instead on the activity at hand.
Check out these reader favorites sent in last year. Do you have a favorite Valentine book? Leave the title in the comments!
Sent in by Amber @ Librarianism Chronicles
Sent in by Amanda@ Going Green In Gainsville
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea. This a wonderful story about a sweet little gossling and her favorite red boots. The images are simple and yet filled with rich detail; the text is rhythmic and engaging. You and your little one will enjoy following Gossie on her adventures as she shares with you all the ways she loves to wear her red boots until one day she can’t find them. Gossie’s experiences with her boots will help teach your toddler about the notions of backward, forward, uphill, downhill, etc. As if that isn’t enough, this little gem ends with the a terrific example of sharing and friendship when she finds them on her friend Gertie. My almost two-year old daughter loves it and I love it as well.Sent in by Chris @ Momtonic
I Love You This Much by Lynn Hodges . This story between parent and child is about how the parent loves the child through out the day. The same way God loves his children through out the day. The lullaby tells just how much the parent loves the child and makes me cry every time I read the book to my girls.
Sent in by Andi @ Memories Are The Scraps Of Life
Sent in by Karen @ Growing With The Girls