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Valentines Sensory Box







































Sensory Boxes are lots of fun to explore, we love them in our setting as they provide great hands on learning.

This is our Valentines Inspired Sensory Box.

Guide of what you will need:
- Container - Under bed storage box/baking tray/washing up bowl
- Bags of Rice - Will depend on how big your container is as to how many bags you will need.
- Red Food Colouring - You can also use pink/purple or leave the rice white.
- Utensils
- Hearts
- Flowers
- Small containers
- Pipe cleaners
- Straws
- Cookie Cutters
- Ribbons
You can also add other things if you wish this list is a guide on some of the items we used.

Step 1 - 
Begin by colouring your rice.
Pour the rice into a container and begin to add the colouring. Using a metal spoon, work the colour through the rice. Make sure you stir thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any patched of food colouring. Adding more food colouring will make the colour deeper. Once you are happy leave to dry for a day or two.

















Step 2 - 
Think of some interesting items you can add to the box. I have mentioned some above. You will find you have lots of items already in your house that you can add to create different sensory experiences and textures. You may want to purchase some new items to add too.




















Step 3 - 
Decorate the set up ready to be explored and create your invitation to play. Leave the activity out and wait until your child/children come over to take a closer look.



Step 4 - 
Play time!

Whilst exploring sensory boxes children have a large list of potential learning outcomes.
You will no doubt find they become completely engrossed as they explore the variety of items and textures.

Look out for:

Developing Language
Fine Motor Skills
Filling and Emptying Containers
Imaginative Play
Mathematical Language
Sharing
Exploring Textures

Want to see a clip of this in action?

http://youtu.be/8PdJdgsnR8A

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  1. This is amazing! So beautiful and fun! Thank you for sharing it with us. #pintorials

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