Do you ever get the urge to just dye a whole 20 lb. bag of rice for your sensory bin? Well, that is exactly what I did this past weekend and it turned into one awesome sensory bin with several super cute and hands-on fine motor activities spiraling off of that one idea!
How did I do it? I used a large Home Depot bucket and dumped in half of the rice. (10 lbs.) From there, I added 2 1/2 cups of distilled white vinegar and some red food dye! Voila! I had my husband mix it quickly and then dump it into a big plastic, rectangular container to dry. I then did the exact same thing but added pink food dye! The rice dried very quickly and it looked adorable!
I then started to spiral down the creative rabbit hole and BAM! tons of fine motor and sensory bin activities emerged! I would love to share my ideas with you and if you read through this whole blog, you will have access to download an exclusive FREEBIE to use right now in your classroom in time for Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day Hands-on Sensory Bin
Use these 4 sets of cards in your February sensory bin to help teach your students about uppercase letter recognition, lowercase letter recognition, number recognition up to 30, and beginning sounds with a set of 26 different animals. There is an animal card for each letter. Included are 3 different heart mats that can be laminated and used within the sensory bin. These contain uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers up to 30. Make learning interactive and fun at the same time!
Here is the product without the pop its all ready to use! Click the button below to see it in my store!
Here is the Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Product with the pop its! One side has the UPPERCASE letters on it. The other side has numbers 1-27. It’s a wonderful tool to help your students learn and have fun in a hands-on way! Once you find a letter, number, or animal card you pop it on the pop it! If you are interested in checking out these pop its on Amazon, just click the button below!
Valentine’s Day Hands-on Fine Motor Activities
This hands-on fine motor activity is perfect for little fingers and hands. Students have to open these tiny little boxes first, count the buttons, and then put the exact amounts in each. My freebie contains paper versions of the colored hearts if you want to use those instead. Just click on the buttons below to see these products on Amazon! Scroll all the way down to get the Freebie PDF for the number cards!
These adorable colored hearts are perfect for these heart clothespins. These give your students practice opening and positioning the clothespins on the sides of the cards. These can be used for color recognition, counting using one-to-one correspondence, or a math lesson on which colored heart has more or less clothespins. Click on the button below to grab these heart clothespins! Scroll all the way down to get the Freebie PDF for the heart cards!
Make this simple fine motor activity with the colored hearts and color words! Just grab rainbow clothespins, copy the freebie, laminate, and it’s ready to go! Click on the button below for a quick link to the clothespins. Scroll all the way down to get the Freebie PDF for the heart cards!
Fine Motor Activities FREEBIE
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