|How many letters in your conversation heart graph? ~ The original idea for this graph came from http://larremoreteachertips.blogspot.com/2013/02/old-valentine-freebies.html Chalk Talk blog has tons of great Valentine's math and literacy activities for early childhood. She also has a freebie download for this graph idea on her TPT store. I hand drew mine and cut the hearts out of construction paper and the big heart out of butcher paper. I love this activity because it's both math and literacy!|
|Cupid's Arrow ~ This is a fun party game and can be a math game as well! I do this game in small groups with close supervision. The game is made of large smoothie straws (cut in half), q-tips, and a bucket or box of some sort. Students blow and aim q-tips into the bucket/box and count how many make it in. I first saw this idea on http://hopefulhomemaker.com/2012/02/21/cupids-arrow-game/|
|Heart Doily Prints ~ EASY! Stick a heart doily on construction paper with a small loop of masking tape. Students can watercolor over it or use Bingo daubers to stamp over the heart.|
|Heart Play-dough - This is a great activity for your Valentine's Day party or put a handful of heart cutters, rollers, and dough in your sensory tub! Here is a link to Rose Scented No Cook Play-dough by Danya Banya: http://www.danyabanya.com/rose-scented-cook-play-dough/#_a5y_p=4001552|
|Melted Crayon Hearts ~ We use these as our Valentine's Party centerpieces...see HERE!|
|Watercolor Newspaper Hearts ~ Newspapers can be cut into practically any shape and provide a great lesson on recycling! These painted hearts can be hung in a chandelier collage from the ceiling or simply stapled onto construction paper.|
|Here are a few of our favorite Valentine books! I like to incorporate at least one book into every center.|
|Candy Heart Graphing ~ This game is free from Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten February Math & Literacy Centers! I inserted the matching hearts into a foam die and students love to see which colored heart reaches the top of the graph first! I laminate all my games and keep them on trays in the centers for easy clean up.|
|Spin a Sound ~ This game is free from Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten February Math & Literacy Centers! This game is adorable and focuses on beginning sounds AND graphing! For game pieces, I used plastic heart beads.|
|Heart Measuring ~ Students measure a variety of different size construction paper hearts with bears, pattern tiles, unifix cubes, etc.|
|Heart Size Ordering ~ After measuring, students put the hearts in order from smallest to largest and vice-versa!|
|A few of our favorite Valentine videos!|
|Valentine Heart Collages ~ Students can use fine motor skills to heart punch and then glue stick hearts to their "heart's content" in collage form to a larger paper heart. We paired our art with some leftover Bath & Body Works red ribbon!|
Here is the finished heart collage "chandelier" hung from a wagon wheel. I hope you enjoyed these activities and I hope you find them helpful to you in your planning! Happy HEART week!
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