We wrapped up our shape themed baby bins this week learning all about hearts. We had lots of fun sorting, painting, and trying out lots of sensory experiences as we learned about hearts.
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Here is a look at our 6 shape themed baby bins:
Here are the details for each of our activities:
Heart Them Read Aloud:
Michael Hall is one of my favorite authors for little readers. The bright, bold illustrations always hold the attention of little ones (we are still loving “It’s and Orange Aardvark” from our Orange theme). So we started the week reading My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall. This was a cute story that uses hearts for form all different types of animals. Now that Aubrey is nearly 2, I challenged her to find the hearts in each animal.
Heart Themed Sensory Bin:
Included in this bin:
Heart Stamp Art:
**Aubrey is a painting pro now, so I chose to use our regular tempera paints for bright colors. If you have a baby that still puts everything in their mouth try one of these taste safe paint recipes from Can Do Kiddo.**
Heart Button Bin:
Our next activity is a repeat again just switching out star shaped buttons for hearts . If you’ve been following along with our previous baby bin themes, you know we love repetition. It may seem tedious to us, but little ones love predictable and familiar activities (Which is why your little one probably has a favorite book that you’ve read 752 times in a row before finally hiding it under the couch just for a break. Yup, been there!)
This activity combines threading, stuffing and sorting for all kinds of fine motor fun. I filled our bin with heart shaped buttons, lacing thread and colored bowls with lids. I cut slots in the lids of each bowl large enough for the buttons to be pushed into. Aubrey used the strings to thread button necklaces which required LOTS of concentration. She also pushed buttons into bowls and even tried to sort by color a bit.
Heart Ice Sensory Bin:
For this activity, I used our large underbed bin, filled it with a few inches of warm water, heart boxesheart cupcake cups, and heart shaped ice cubes that I colored with food coloring. This bin was by far the favorite of the week. This girl LOVES to splash, I cannot wait for summer so we can pull our water table back outside.
Heart Play Dough:
Our last activity was making hearts with play dough. (I know just like we did last week, repetition is good for little minds remember!) I rolled out a few colors of play dough and Aubrey used rollers, cutters, and heart shaped buttons to create hearts of varying colors and sizes. Easy peasy!
Then check out the rest of our 35+ themes on the Baby Bins Curriculum Main Page.
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