Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine's Day Activities for Preschoolers

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the boys and I explored a few Valentine's Day learning actitvities during preschool time with my 2 year old and 3 year old.
In our Valentine Themed preschool time last week, we read some Valentine books and did some literacy related activities.


My Heart is Like a Zoo. This book was suggested from Reading Confetti. In this book, author/illustrator Michael Hall uses hearts to create many different animals. Check out this book trailer to see!


We created the caterpillar. Logan really liked looking at the one from Reading Confetti and trying to copy it. It was much easier than trying to copy the ones from the book. Of course, older kids would be able to come up with their own animals too.
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We also read one of my favorite Valentine books EVER, The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Jan Brett. In this sweet story, Mr. Bear and Mrs. Bear set their alarm to interrupt their hibernation on Februrary 14th so they can exchange Valentines. Now, that's love!


This is a perfect book to use to talk about ways to show love or to talk about making or writing Valentine Cards.
We made a few cards but we also did an activity with envelopes. I found this at Hubbard's Cupboard.
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I printed free Alphabet Stickers from Carl's Corner. This is a great FREE resource! You can print these pictures onto sticker labels-- or just use paper and then cut and glue. There are several pretty clear pictures for each letter. I glued a picture to the front of each envelope (apple for a, banana for b, car for c, etc). I controlled the activity by only providing the first 5 letters. You could also just pick the letters you child knows. I also provided letter stamps. Logan chose an envelope, looked at the picture, and chose the correct letter stamp. For example, "I see a frog. Frog starts with the letter F". The stamped the f in the corner. After he stamped all of the envelopes, he filled the envelopes by sorting all of the other pictures into the corresponding envelope! You could probably split this into two activities.


We also did some math games.
This was a cute game I found on pinterest. I used playing cards which provides an extra scaffold of the number on the card. Mine was more of a matching game. If you don't want the numbers on the card, just use card sized paper and heart stickers (or draw the hearts).
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We also did some sorting of Conversation Hearts by color and graphing/ counting with the hearts.
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Tyson mostly liked dumping the hearts into containers.
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My boys love art.
We were able to find some great ideas in the Heart Project ebook.
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"From the bottom of my heart... to the tips of my toes, I Love You!" 


One that was did was this handprint and footprint craft.



10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link, Jackie! LOVE how his caterpillar turned out! Also really like those math activities. We need to do more of that around here so I'm loving your new Math Mondays!

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  2. "The Valentine Bears" sounds adorable!!! Must find a copy! =)

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  3. Thanks for the Valentine ideas. Sometimes the holidays sneak up on me and I need some ideas! Love the heart caterpillar-very cute.
    Tonya

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  4. Stopping by from Show & Tell! These are great Valentine ideas - thanks for sharing. :)

    ~Bekah @SonshineTotSchool.blogspot.com

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  5. I just love the trailer for My Heart is Like a Zoo! So cute! Thanks for sharing the Valentine ideas too!

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  6. Oh, Bunting/Brett book sounds lovely. We haven't read it. It's great that your boys love art!

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  7. Great activities!! I would love it if you linked up to my fun frugal friday linky party. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. hey jackie!
    you are such a stellar mama!
    thanks for sharing these CUTE ideas.
    i think we'll do the clothespin math matching.. and envelope fun letters too...
    :) ali north

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  10. Nice idea!I Will surely teach this heart craft activity to my child next valentines. Jane

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