Since Valentine’s Day is all about love, it would probably be a good time for me to express my love for sensory play activities! Sensory activities are the perfect way to keep your child occupied indoors during the winter months and on rainy days. Sensory play activities typically require just a few materials and will keep your child busy for hours. Your child will love this Preschool Valentine’s Day Sensory Play with Ice activity, and you will love how easy it is to set up!
If you have a sensory table in your home or classroom, this is a great preschool valentine sensory table idea that you can easily fill your table with!
Simply make your ice cubes, freeze them, place them in a Valentine’s sensory bin or in your sensory table, provide some utensils and you are ready to go.
What Is Sensory Play For Preschoolers?
Sensory play activities are activities that engage a child’s senses.
They are activities where children are able to use their senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch to explore.
We can easily create these experiences for children by allowing them to play in sensory bins and by creating sensory bottles for them to use!
Sensory activities for toddlers can be as simple as using play dough, engaging in water play, or playing in an ice sensory table idea like this one!
Any activity that allows your preschooler the chance to use their senses to explore is a great sensory activity that comes with many benefits.
Why Is Sensory Play Important?
As young children grow and develop it is important that they participate in sensory play activities.
Sensory play activities are wonderful for brain development.
Since many sensory play ideas allow for open ended play, children are given practice with making decisions and using their problem solving skills as they play!
Sensory play is all about hands on learning and is great for developing fine motor skills!
How To Use This Ice Sensory Play Activity:
- Silicone mold tray (hearts)
- Red heart gems
- Sensory Tray
Set your heart silicone mold tray onto a flat surface. Place one red gem into each heart section of the mold.
After you have added the gems, fill the molds about 2/3 of the way full with water. Be sure to leave a little space since the water will expand as it freezes.
Place the mold into the freezer and let the water freeze completely.
Once the water is frozen, remove the mold from the freezer and empty the molds into a sensory bin.
Place scoops, spoons, or any other utensils you want into the bin and allow your child to play in the ice sensory bin until all the hearts have melted.
Other Ways To Use This Sensory Activity For Valentine’s Day:
- Add in other materials such as paper towels, wash cloths, or a tooth brush. Have them explore what happens when the rub the ice onto the different materials. This also adds in more texture to the sensory bin!
- Once the ice has melted and you are left with the red gems, you can turn it into a fun counting activity!
- Have your child group the ice into groups of two, three, or four to practice counting and organizing.
- Try glitter heart ice cube painting for another fun ice cube sensory play activity!