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Valentine's Day Activities

I decided to incorporate Valentine's Day Activities at the very beginning of the month, rotating them each week until the big day when I brought everything out.  It worked out pretty well for the most part. 

The kids enjoyed learning each activity without feeling overwhelmed by so many others. 

By the time Valentine's Day did role around they were so independent with their work. All had developed preferences and had such a wonderful time.

Valentine's Day Activities

These Valentine's Day activities are some of the first we ever did and are designed for children in Montessori preschool classrooms. Activities in almost every subject area are included. We hope you enjoy these resources as much as we did! 

Montessori-inspired Valentine's Day Activities

Valentine's Day Language Activities

The kids are all working on identifying words and first letter sounds. 

Bulldozer and Princess are working on their prewriting skills, while Dinomite is already practicing letters and words. These activities worked well for all of them!

Valentine's Day Sight Words

Valentine's Day Sight Words

Each week, I try to introduce the kids to new sight words.  Depending on the words, I try to teach Dinomite to spell and write them too. I just loved these Valentine themed printables!

Sources:  These cute cards came from Home School Creations.

Valentine's Day First Letter Sounds

Valentine's Day First Letter Sounds

Using our sight words we practiced identifying the first letters of each word by sound. These cards were so beautiful. Princess thoroughly enjoyed the use of pink and red acrylic hearts as counters.

Source:  These cards also came from a Valentine's Package at Home School Creations.

Secret Valentine's Day Cards

Secret Valentine's Day Cards Activity

This year, for Valentine's Day, everyone in our family drew a name of a family member they would make a special Valentine for.  The kids really weren't ready to make several yet.  Perhaps next year. 

Everyone's favorite part about this activity was putting the special Valentines in the mailbox to be delivered after dinner on Valentine's Day. 

The cards were absolutely precious. 

I found the mailbox at our local dollar store.

Source:  I created this activity. 

Cupid's Arrow Prewriting Activity

Cupid's Arrow Pre-Writing Activity

Bulldozer and Princess are still unable to write their letters. We're working hard on their names, but both are struggling.  Princess is only three years old, so it's really not that big of a deal yet. 

Bulldozer is well over four years old.  His fine motor skills are very delayed.  Still, he loves to try to write.  Prewriting activities have been great for him.  Honestly, everyone likes them!

To save on paper I place prewriting worksheets into sheet protectors or laminate them. I then provide a washable dry erase marker for them to use as they do their work.

Source:  This activity is included in the Valentine's Day Packet at Home School Creations.

Valentine's Day Math Activities

Valentine's Day Patterns

Valentine's Day Patterns

The kids have been working so hard to fully understand the concept of patterns and to develop the skills needed to cut paper successfully using scissors

This is a great activity to incorporate all of those things. It's an added bonus the activity also includes using a glue stick.

Source:  This activity is included in the Valentine's Day Packet at Home School Creations.  Can you tell I really like the packets there?

Bead & Pipe Cleaner Counting Activity

Valentine's Day Pipe Cleaner & Beads Counting Activity

When I found this counting activity I just fell in love with it, however, the poor frugal person I am, I wasn't going to pay the money to buy the activity.  Instead I just made my own.  

It's not as fancy I know, but it still works.  I'm very thankful for my computer skills! 

Dinomite decided he was not only going to just string pony beads on to the pipe cleaner, but make patterns while he was at it.  He did this on his own and with minimal help.  I was so proud of him!

Valentine's Day Pipe Cleaner & Bead Counting Activity

Source:  I found this idea at Living Montessori Now.  There are links there to guide you to purchase the templates if you don't want to make your own.

Valentine's Day Graphing Activity

Valentine's Day Graphing Activity

The kids haven't done much graphing or even been introduced to the concept very much yet. I was very excited to find this activity to help them along. They seemed to enjoy it and understood it. Hooray! 

Source: This activity was also part of the Valentine Packet found at Home School Creations.

Conversational Heart Sorting & Patterns

Conversational Hearts Sorting and Patterns

Bulldozer loved the animal sorting and pattern activity so much, I decided to try it with conversational hearts.  It was equally as engaging for him!

Sources: I came up with this idea on my own, knowing one could very well use anything of variance to complete this activity.

Valentine's Day Practical Life & Sensorial Activities

A Valentine's Day Floral Arrangement

Valentine's Day Floral Arranging

I thought this idea was the most adorable thing and proved to be quite genius actually.  It really surprised me how much Princess and Bulldozer struggled with this activity.  

It took them quite some time to put each rose in the vase, especially as the number of roses increased. Still, it was one of the most favorite practical life activities of the week!

Source:  I do not remember where I saw this idea.  I do not take credit for it, but for some reason did not remember to document where the inspiration came from. I purchased all items for this activity at our local dollar store.

Valentine's Day Stamping

Valentine's Day Stamping Activity

Bulldozer is allergic to adhesives, (except Elmer's glue sticks).  We don't have stickers in our home for this reason. I've found stamps to be a great alternative. They also seem to help with hand muscle strength.

The kids really enjoyed using these stamps on paper. They made patterns and worked so hard to concentrate on their masterpieces. 

Sources: Some stamps used in this activity came from the Melissa & Doug Butterfly and Heart Wooden Stamp Set and Melissa & Doug Friendship Wooden Stamp Set.  Others I found at my local craft store. 

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

My kiddos love sensory bins, especially ones related to holidays.  After every holiday, I clearance shop to find more sensory bin contents for next year. 

This Valentine's Day Sensory Bin includes the following contents:

Valentine's Day Pouring Activity

Valentine's Day Pouring Activity

My kids LOVE pouring activities.  Not that they're great at them by any means, but it's always fun.  

It turns into a math/science lesson too as they compare the contents of each cup etc.  

The fun part is finding different shaped cups to pour from.  These ones were great.

Source:  I first saw pouring activities at Counting Coconuts.  This specific one wasn't there, but the idea originated there for me. I purchased the cups and tray at our local dollar store.

Arranging Hearts

Arranging Hearts Activity

This idea came to pass when I saw my Valentine's Day pot, a gift given by a friend, with no use.  It proved to be a very challenging activity.  

I placed flower arranging foam in the pot.  The kids practiced sticking the heart sticks into the pot.  

It took a lot of strength and coordination.  Some frustration was involved. In the end they were all successful though.

Source: The idea was inspired by an activity I saw at Counting Coconuts.

Water Transfer Using Eye Dropper

Water Transfer Using a Dropper

I've learned any activity that involves water, becomes a quick favorite among the kids.  It's even fought over from day to day. This activity was no exception. 

The kids transferred water from one container to the other.

Source:  I found this idea at My Montessori Journey.

Pencil Sharpening

Valentine's Day Pencil Sharpening Activity

My kids have been using crayons for all of their work during learning time.  I decided it was time to introduce the pencil.  It's important to learn to sharpen them first!  

Bulldozer LOVED this activity and practiced sharpening a pencil every day for as long as it was out.  When he's determined to do something, he does it!

Source: I originally came across this idea at Counting Coconuts.  

Tweezing Rose Petals

Tweezing Rose Petals

I just love practical life activities, especially with my kiddos and their diverse needs.  The activities help them so much and make me one proud Mama! Tweezing is such a great way to practice fine motor skills.

Source:  This idea originated from an activity I saw on the blog Counting Coconuts.

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy the resources below.

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1 comment:

  1. what awsome fun ideas love them wish i was this creative