Valentine’s Day

Now that we’re in the month of February, you know what that means: Valentine’s Day šŸ’–. I decided to plan this theme around fun and love towards everyone and everything around K. I feel like as we grow older we tend to forget that Valentine’s Day isn’t simply a time to shower your significant other with appreciation, but to everyone around you. I want to make sure that K understands that as he grows up.

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Books:

  • Love Monster by Rachel Bright
  • The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
  • Love From The Crayons by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

The links below will lead you directly to the activity itself.

Math:

Fine Motor:

  • Heart Lacing Activity from Early Learning Ideas
  • I Love You To Pieces: print my printable and have your kiddo practice their fine motor skills by gluing pieces of construction paper inside the heart.
  • Broken Hearts Scissor Practice from School Time Snippets
  • Color Sorting Hearts from Modern Preschool: I found the crazy straws at Dollar Tree. I made a printable of hearts and printed them out on cardstock. Simply use a hole punch to create a hole in the middle of each heart.
  • Tear Paper Heart Tree from Mrs. Plemon’s Kindergarten: Simply have your kiddo tear pieces of brown construction paper and construct a tree with the torn pieces. Lastly, have your kiddo add heart stickers as leaves.

Gross Motor:

  • Balance Game: using painter tape, I constructed a heart on the floor. K tried to put one foot in front of the other and follow the taped heart.
  • Hop and Pop Game: I found foam hearts again, at Dollar Tree. I also had bubble wrap left over from our recent move. I simply taped down the hearts on the floor and covered the line of hearts with the bubble wrap. K loved popping the bubble wrap!
  • Roll a Dice Game: Arrange foam/construction paper hearts in a snake-like game board shape. Using a die, roll the die and move the number of spaces you roll. First person to reach the end wins!
  • Musical Hearts ABC from Mrs. Plemon’s Kindergarten: Mrs. Plemon’s wrote all the letters of the alphabet, but I went ahead wrote 12 alphabet letters on construction paper hearts. I then put on some Valentine’s Day Kiboomer’s songs. When the music stopped I had K tell me the letter and letter sound of the letter he ended up standing on.

Sensory:

  • Valentine’s Day Water Pour: K’s been really into water sensory bins so I decided to do one for the Valentine’s Day theme. I picked up several Valentine’s Day items for K’s sensory bin from Dollar Tree (can you tell I LOVE this place? šŸ˜‹). I added water mixed with a bit of red food coloring and let K go crazy with it. I also set out a ladle, bowls, and measuring cups.
  • Water Bead Sensory Bin: I found heart shaped cookie cutters from Target and prepared red water beads the night before. K used a ladle and filled up the cookie cutters with the red water beads. As a bonus, we also incorporated a little math. I had K count how many beads he was able to fit in each cookie cutter.
  • Heal My Broken Heart from ABC’s of Literacy: I purchased the puzzle from ABC’s of Literacy and put the letters in red rice I made from Busy Toddler’s recipe. Super fast and easy to make!

Craft

Science:

Literacy:

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