Valentine’s Sensory Play

Valentine's Sensory Play - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Pink “goop” is a fun Valentine’s sensory play activity that only uses 2 ingredients plus food coloring. The children  can be part of the entire process, including pouring the ingredients into the tub and mixing it. You don’t need fancy equipment – any plastic tub will work along with kitchen utensils. Both our toddlers and preschoolers had fun with this bin all week!


 Valentine's Sensory Play - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds


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Valentine’s Sensory Play


What you will need:

Corn starch


Red food coloring



Goop can be mixed right in the sensory bin. Simply pour your desired amount of corn starch into the bin and add water for desired consistency. As we added the water, I also squirted food coloring to tint it pink for our Valentines theme.


sensory goop


 I added various kitchen utensils that would encourage mixing, scooping, and pouring.


sensory goop


The more the goop was played with, the more the consistency changed. The preschoolers took notice!


sensory goop


No matter how thin it got, the goop still dripped slowly.


sensory goop
Our table easily makes room for 4 children to work together. There was plenty of conversation and cooperation as they mixed and poured.


As the cornstarch settled to the bottom, it was difficult to move. Spatulas were used to push and pull and pry it from the floor of the bin.


pink goop


Scoopers helped transport the goop from one container to another.


sensory goop


Our goop sensory play provided hours of entertainment all last week between both the 2 and 3 year old classes.


sensory goop


It’s easy to clean up, too! Let it firm and scoop it right out of the bin. Rinse the residue, sanitize, and you are ready for the next sensory bin activity!


Valentine's Sensory Play - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds


Books to read with your Valentine’s theme:



More ideas for young children:

Winter Crafts for Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds    Watercolor Snowflakes - Beautiful Winter Art by Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds    winter themed sensory table


More Sensory Resources:


Infant Sensory Play: Why When and How? (Two-Daloo) – This article, written by Colleen from Sugar Aunts for Two-Daloo, shares the importance of starting sensory play at a young age.
100 Sensory Ideas for Home or School (Lemon Lime Adventures) – Dayna puts together an amazing list of sensory ideas that touch all five senses!
Sensory Play – What It’s All About (Gifts of Curiosity) – Katie shares lots of different ways you can add sensory experiences in your children’s day.


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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


  1. Dayna @ Lemon Lime Adventures says:

    Thank you so much for including our list! This is a great activity! Great post! We also have a dough series that happens the 12th of every month that has been so fun.

    • Sheryl Cooper says:

      Was happy to include your list, Dayna! It’s got some wonderful ideas! I’ll check out your dough series, too.

  2. The UnCoordinated Mommy says:

    I have a Tupperware bin that I use for my boys at home. How much cornstarch would you recommend we use? I’m guessing two cups?

    • Sheryl Cooper says:

      Yes, about that. I just sort of eyeballed how much it felt like we needed, and then added water until we got the desired consistency. At first it will appear runny, but will thicken over time.