Guess How Much I Love You!

Guess How Much I Love You!

We have been talking a lot about how much our mummies love us over this last week. Lots of our mums go back to work either full or part time when the children start in my class & some of the children suffer a little anxiety as a result. The book, ‘My Mum Goes to Work’ is lovely to share with them during this time.

My Mum Goes to Work shared by Rachel (",)

Although Valentine’s day is only a couple of weeks away, these activities were not set out with this in mind (although they would be appropriate if you were wishing to theme the learning opportunities around this), they have actually been related to some working mums and a few teary children.


Woodland Play in the Small World Area

We have really enjoyed sharing the book, ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and I set up a woodland area, (very loosely) linking with the story…

Woodland play from Rachel (",).

Hearts for Our Families

Decorating hearts from Rachel (",)


‘Family’ Maths

… with people sorting counters…

Maths with people from Rachel (",)


Love-Related Maths

A variety of loose parts along with numbered cups, wooden numerals and trays useful for sorting…

Love-related maths from Rachel (",)

If you’re wondering if the children always stick to number work in the maths area, well the answer is no! Of course they enjoy exploring the loose parts in other ways too. Lots of ‘cooking’ this week…

'Cooking' in the maths area from Rachel (",)


Fine Motor Play

… with love / heart related resources, tweezers, scoops and teabag strainers…

Invitation to transfer loose parts with a variety of tools from Rachel (",)


Fine Motor Trays

Fine Motor Trays from Rachel (",)

Closer up images of the trays…

Transferring hearts with tweezers

Transferring hearts with tweezers from Rachel (",)

Scooping and transferring hearts

Scooping and transferring hearts from Rachel (",)

Transferring glitter 

Transferring glitter from Rachel (",)

Spooning and transferring hearts

Spooning and transferring hearts from Rachel (",)


Heart Stickers

… hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills…

Hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills with heart stickers from Rachel (",)


Number work on the OHP

Nothing to do with either of the books or love; more an adaptation of the number work we were doing last week…

Gel numbers and shapes on the OHP from Rachel (",)


Light Panel Play

Sorting tray with glass pebbles and acrylic hearts…

Light panel play from Rachel (",)

Hearts drawn on acetate sheets with glass pebbles and acrylic hearts…

Tracing hearts on the light panel - from Rachel (",)


Threading Laminated Hearts

… with laces and pipe-cleaners…

Threading laminated hearts from Rachel (",)


Gorgeous Heart-Related Books

Gorgeous heart-related books shared by Rachel (",)


Free ‘Heart / Valentine -Related’ Printables

In case they are useful to you, I shared these last year here

Heart Printables from Rachel (",)


Thanks for reading!

Clipping pegs together. Fine motor work from Rachel (",)

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– Rachel (“,)


  1. Thanks so much for your ideas! Love the glitter transfer with the extra challenge of using the funnel–brilliant!
    Love YOU and your wonderful heart for children and teachers!
    Chris in VA

    • Aww, thank you, Chris! x

  2. Thank you so much for all these lovely inspirations. We are now off on half-term here, but I am pretty tempted to spend the week sticking heart stickers on heart shapes with my smallest offspring and sourcing lots of lovely heart shaped bowls for another year! You just make it look such fun 😉


    • Thank you, Rachel!
      I would wait till after Valentines to buy heart shaped bowls now – you might find some sale bargains 😉


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