Valentine's day is around the corner. The shops are full of pink, red, roses and heart shapes.
While I am not big on celebrating Valentine's day with my other half, I take this opportunity to introduce some themed works. I have done that in the classroom and with my children because it's easy to find some heart shapes materials at this time of the year. Some children will connect with the celebration. Some schools encourage writing cards to their classmates.
Some children will just be inspired by the pink and red colour and pretty heart shapes.
If it's your thing, I hope the following activities will inspire you.
I have also designed some Montessori inspired printable that you can receive when you join the newsletter here.
It might also be a good time to talk about how we show our love to the persons we care about. Find also a list of great children's books about love here!
Enjoy and Happy Valentine's day if you celebrate!
Montessori inspired activities:
Those pictures are "vintage" as they were taken when my daughter was little. I was not taking those pictures to share them on a website.
Heart paper collage:
Cut some heart shapes in magazines. Give a large sheet of paper and some glue to your child.
Cut some heart shapes into pink, red and purple paper. Provide your child with various scrap and collage items. And let them go wild!
Rose petals - transfer and counting activities
At this time of the year, you can find a bag of rose petals for £1 in any Poundshop. It's great to be used as counters or for transferring activities like this one below.
I added some silicone cupcake cases and added a number in each. My daughter had to transfer the correct number of petals in each cupcake holder. Make sure you have just enough petals to distribute and that will be your control of error.
Painting and stamping heart shapes:
It's easy to make a cardboard tube into a heart shape. You can also cut a sponge into a heart shape.
As I said earlier, it's easy to find heart shapes at this time of the year. I believe I found this set of button in my local Pound shop.
Counting heart activities:
I found the set of plastic heart shapes in my local supermarket. They are normally used to decorate a table. The cards are from "Making learning fun".
Transferring by hand activity:
I found the basket and the ice cube tray in my local charity shop. They always have plenty of heart shapes "random stuff" at this time of the year. (Check this blog post for what I always find that is Montessori friendly in Charity shops)
Heart inspired playdough:
Make your own playdough with some red food colouring and give your child some heart shape cutters. Deceptively simple!
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