Valentines Sensory play

February 4, 2018

We’ve always loved a bit of sensory play here, the messier the better. Sensory play is so important for early years development and we’ve been doing all sorts of things since Dexter was 3 weeks old. I often like to do things themed around the time of year so today we’ve been doing a relatively tidy Valentines sensory themed tuff spot. With lots of pinks, reds and different textures, Paisley, Bridget, Dexter and their cousin, Alice have had a little play.

Valentines Sensory – The Set-Up

What to include in a Valentines Tuff Spot

Setting up a Valentines Tuff Spot

If you wanted to do the same, here are some things you will need. Of course, you don’t need to have it exactly the same. Often, you can use whatever you’ve got around the house.
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Tuff Spot Tray

Plain Wooden Heart Embellishments


Hearts Washi Tape

Wooden blocks

Old helium balloon or pink foil

Paint samples

Red Shredded Paper

Assorted Colour Felt

A4 Foam Sheets

Mixed Satin Ribbon

Rose Petals

I sectioned off each item into its own location in the tray so that they could be explored and played with individually. I also stuck the tape down in a random pattern. Each of these items will work a few different senses at a time and have different benefits. The washi tape, for example, will help develop fine motor skills and work finger muscles by trying to pick it off. The balloon foil will work on cause and effect… what happens when you scrunch it? What can you hear?
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We did the valentines sensory tray again the next day and I also added feathers so that they could see them float down and Dexter was able to tie knots in the ribbons, so it really does work for all the different early years ability levels.
I’ve included a video of what we put in it the second time we did it so I hope you’ll have a look. If you like it, please do hit the thumbs up and subscribe.

What activities have you been doing for valentines? I’d love to see. I’ll be sharing easter activities soo too so I hope you pop back to check them out.



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