Save those little containers that valentine treats and crafts come in! Empty chocolate boxes, plastic jars, heart-shaped bowls, and small containers make excellent sensory and art supplies. And when used with drumsticks and filled with loose parts, they can also be Valentine’s Day musical instruments.
Valentine’s Day Loose Parts To Collect
Here’s a supply of loose parts that early learners could choose from for music-making:
mini rubber balls
heart-shaped cookie cutters
red heart gems
X and O game pieces
This compartment tray holds the above items and the ones below:
red and white round gems
large red beads
Making Valentine’s Day Musical Instruments
Collect Valentine’s Day-themed containers and set them out on a table with a tray of loose parts. Encourage little learners to fill containers with one kind of loose part and add lids. Have them use the filled containers as shakers.
A heart-shaped bowl and small tin make excellent drums. Just add drumsticks!
When covered with a lid and tipped from side to side, this pony bead-filled tin becomes an ocean drum.
Why not go big? This large chocolate box heart works wonderfully as an ocean drum too. A few beaded necklaces add the sound.
Your early learners will love making sounds and tapping beats with these recycled containers. To extend the investigative play, add the containers to a large tub filled with rice. Invite your little learners to add rice to them to create more Valentine’s Day musical instruments.
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