Last week at Preschool we celebrated Valentine's Day. I wanted to share some of the activities that we incorporated into our unit. Even though they are heart themed, they can be adapted to many different themes!
Pom pom painting...We printed a heart outline on red paper and then gave the kids pink and white paint to dip their pom pom painters into. Just take a clothespin and clip in a pom pom and let the creating begin!
How many hearts?...This was a free download and is a wonderful math activity. It incorporates counting, number recognition and fine motor. The students must count the hearts in each box, identify the number and then circle it.
Heart patterns...I love the worksheets that Paging Supermom creates and this one worked perfectly into our Valentine unit. We work on patterns with the kids, especially during our calendar time. So this worksheet helped the kids create their own AB pattern.
Beading chenille stems...This is a great fine motor activity but also another idea for learning patterns. I put red, white, light pink and dark pink heart beads in a container and let the kids string them onto pipe cleaners. One student was super proud to show me his ABCD pattern using all the colors!
Cut hearts...The kids also cut hearts. I used publisher to created a template with 4 simple hearts on a page. Then we copied it on pink, purple and red paper for the kids to cut out. We then hung them around the classroom for decor!
Heart transferring...I put some small plastic hearts in a container and had the kids spoon them into smaller heart containers.
Valentine sensory bin...The kids always love playing in the sensory bins. These are usually simple and easy to create! For the Valentines bin we had a base of white and red rice, red pom poms, rose petals, heart erasers, red jewels, small heart containers, mini spoons and scoops. The kids loved pretending to make soup! ;)
Here are a few past Valentine posts to check out as well...