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Valentine Sweet Shoppe – Snow Sensory Bin

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Snow sensory bin is best way to play with snow and stay warm when its freezing cold outside and your stuck home all day.

I filled a plastic storage bin with some snow, added some Acrylic Hearts, Heart cookie cutters, Sweet shoppe tools(from another play set), muffin pan, cups & spoons to it. Viola! The snow bin was all set to play with.

This is our first snow sensory bin and Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) loved it alot. They made icecreams, cones, muffins, hearts, cupcakes… ahh so much fun. I used a quilt and a dollar store sheet on top of it to catch any mess. They loved scooping & filling the bowls with snow and then dumping it back.

The longer they played with the snow – we were able to observe the different characteristics of snow. First it got a little soft, then wet and eventually slushy…

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Counting Hearts – Valentines Day Math 

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Counting Hearts is a simple valentine themed math activity for preschoolers to practice counting and number recognition.

What you need

  • Wooden Numbers
  • Heart Gems
  • Felt Heart Mat

How to

  • Place the numbers, heart gems and heart mat on a tray. You could find all these in dollar store.
  • Set the activity tray and invite your kids to play.
  • Let them pick a number of their choice and place it on the heart mat.
  • Then, count & place the heart gems on it to match the number.

Miss A(3yrs) loved to touch and use the heart gems. They were very cute and irresistible. We arranged the numbers in numerical order and then picked one of them to count with. She usually counts only upto 6 in any counting activities so i gave her numbers 1-6, but with this she wanted to try counting with more numbers and so we counted upto…

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Learn Colors with Frosty – Snowman Activity Tray

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This Frosty the Snowman activity tray is very simple and open ended and is perfect for busy bags. It takes less than 10 mins to set up and is so much fun for the kids while working on fine motor & color recognition skills. We paired this activity with our favourite book Frosty the Snowman.

What you need

  • Felt pieces
  • Pipecleaners
  • Pompoms
  • Marker
  • Scissors

How to

  • Cut snowman out of white felt. We got the precut ones in our christmas felt decoration pack. It had white, red & green snowman.
  • Draw eyes, nose & mouth on it using permanent marker.
  • Cut out matching hats & scarfs from different color felt pieces.
  • From matching pipecleaners, cut 2 small pieces and bend the edges a little – to make hands for the snowman.
  • Now add matching color pompoms to these cut felt pieces in an activity tray and let your LOs dress…

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Oobleck – Sensory Science Play

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What is Oobleck?

Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids. Its pressure dependent – You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid.

The name oobleck comes from the Dr. Seuss book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” In the story, oobleck, a gooey green substance, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom.

Oobleck makes a great science project or simply have fun playing with it, like us. 😀

What you need

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • Green food coloring (optional)

How to

  • Add few drops of food coloring to water. Mix well.
  • Add cornstarch in to a storage bin or bowl and add colored water a bit at a time.
  • Keep stirring until it has a gooey consistency. You may want to use your hands.

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Craftstick Angel Fish

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We have alot of craftsticks at home and didn’t know what to do with it. Found this on Pinterest and tried it right away. Its simple & super easy to make. Kids will have alot of fun making it.

What you need

  • 8 Wooden Craftsticks/ Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Glitter/Buttons/Sequins (optional)
  • Paint/Markers/ Crayons (optional)

How to

  • If you have plain craftsticks – let your kids color them using markers, crayons, paint or use them as is. We used the colored craftsticks.
  • Lay 4 craftsticks parallel to each other.
  • Add a glue drop to the edge of each stick & place 1 stick on top of it.
  • Repeat the above step with 3 more craftsticks.
  • Now you will have four sticks crossing over four other sticks. Let it dry.
  • Glue googly eye on to it.
  • Apply some glue on the wings and add glitter to it. You could also…

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Foam Dough

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Foam Dough is an awesome sensory dough – super easy to make and super fun to play with. Its somewhere between PlayDough & Cloud Dough/Moon Sand. It feels soft, fluffy and light. Kids of all ages will enjoy it. If you have older kids, let them mix the dough.. They will love it – really fun & messy 😀

What you need

  • 1 cup Corn starch/Corn Flour
  • 1.5 cup Shaving cream
  • 6 drops of Food color (optional)

How to

  • Mix corn flour, shaving cream & few drops of food color in a bowl. Squish the mixture & knead well until it forms a moldable dough.Theres no right way to measure shaving cream. You might just have to eyeball it.
  • If the dough is too dry – Add more shaving cream.
  • If the dough is too sticky – Add more corn starch.
  • It gets your hands messy when kneading. But…

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