We started making our Mother’s Day cards last week (I like to be organised!) & were talking about things & people we love. I don’t always make a big thing of Valentine’s Day, but as the children were interested in the discussion we’ve had a bit of a focus on hearts this week (actually, we started some of the activities at the end of last week).
Here are some of the opportunities we’ve enjoyed…
As well as classic books like ‘Guess How Much I Love You’, we also enjoyed looking at the photographs in these two beautiful books…
– in the Maths area…
– with playing cards….
– with a counting grid & heart buttons (the link to the free grid is at the bottom of this post)…
– with numbered hearts (again, the link to the free numbered hearts is at the bottom of this post)…
– & simple number bonds on heart doilies (for those who are ready!)…
Hearty Fine Motor Fun
Dotty Hearts and Push Pins
They really enjoyed this & spent a long time focusing on it – great for hand-eye co-ordination as well as fine-motor skills!
Threading Laminated Hearts
I made these a couple of years ago, but they’re still going strong…
This repeating pattern was completely independent! The heart pegs were found in Lakeland.
Valentine Sensory Tub
Hole Punching Hearts
Timed Fine-Motor Transfer Challenge
Threading on Wire
Only a few children managed this – it required great concentration, hand-eye co-ordination & fine-motor skills!
The wooden heart chopping boards were from Home Bargains, I think, but were bought last year.
Things we Love
Superheroes & princesses were special requests this week…
I love my homemade mirror box!
It smelled yummy!
You can make cloud dough using 8 parts flour to 1 part baby oil, but this was actually shop-bought, donated by a parent of one of my ‘End of the Week’ children. Gorgeous experience!
Decorating laminated hearts, making patterns, finding out how many filled each heart etc, etc…
Don’t forget that I shared some free Heart Printables in this post 🙂
Happy half term, if you’ve finished for a week now 🙂
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)