It may be silly, but my reasoning with liking Valentine’s Day really has nothing to do with love. I just like it because when winter is so dark & dreary, I get to pull out activities with my favorite colors: pink and red. They brighten up the gray days and who can resist learning with cute little hearts? This free Valentine printable read & write activity is no exception. Plus, I love how one printable can be used in so many ways!

Valentine's day sensory bin sight word hearts find and write activity

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Materials for the Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Sight Word Activity

  • Red dyed rice
  • Red cardstock
  • Laminating materials
  • Scissors

One of our favorite ways to learn is by using sensory bins, so I was very happy to pair up this free Valentine printable with a bright red sensory bin.

I actually re-used the rice from our peppermint sensory bin, but most of the scent has worn off, so it wasn’t oddly Christmasy, which was a good thing. I dye my rice using this technique and it always comes out super bright!

valentine words sensory bin
text says [51 awesome friendship books for kids] collage of friendship books for preschoolers

To get the word hearts ready just print on card stock with the color of your choice and laminate for durability. I always laminate! It costs a little bit more and it takes a few more minutes, but I like giving my kids things that feel professional and I like knowing that we can use the activity more than once, so I’m not wasting my ink to print things.

As a read and write activity, you can select some (or use them all) words and put them into a sensory bin with the rice and hearts.

Then, use the included recording sheet (which I also laminate) to write the words that are found.

You can also use these hearts as a traditional write-the-room activity by displaying the words at random places around the room and having your child find the hearts and then write the words.

child writing words

Other ideas for using the free Valentine printable:

  • Print two copies and use them as a matching game.
  • Put the words in alphabetical order. 
  • Find words that are the same length, longest or shortest
  • Count syllables in the words and sort them according to amount. 
valentines day words I spy game for sensory bins
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Valentine’s Day is a nice welcome after weeks of cold and grayness the winter brings. My kids love sensory bins. Thanks for sharing at Made for Kids!

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