Heartful Helpers, (good parent/child project). I sent a letter home asking my children to have a heart and be helpers. I gave each of my children 10 cut-out hearts to take home. Each time they helped out around the house, with chores, with pets, or siblings, they got to bring a heart back to school. They had to write their accomplishment on the heart. Then at school, I will display their hearts on the wall to create a huge heart. At the end of the month, if they were hearty helpers, I told them we would have a heartfelt party.
Conversation Heart Bingo For my Pre-K class, I cut out large heart shapes from pastel paper and write messages on each one just like the candy conversation hearts. Then we play Bingo (I use a set of alphabet cards for letter recognition). Use conversation heart candy as markers. The children love to eat them after they “Bingo”!
Color Hearts Game (Play like CandyLand) Using a folder, draw a “path” from “Home” to “Loveville”. Divide the path into blocks. Cut small hearts of different colors and glue into blocks. Cut tag board into three inch squares. Glue hearts of the same colors used on game board. Use message candy hearts as “men”. Place heart squares face down in a pile. Players take turns turning over cards. They must name the color then move man to nearest heart of marching color. First to get to “Loveville” wins. All get to eat hearts. For two players.
Love Luncheon Instead of doing a Valentine party with cards and candy, I do a love luncheon that emphasizes love. We invite parents or special guests to come to school for about 40 minutes. During this time, the children serve the guests, sing songs, and we read some stories about love and families. The meal we serve is salad that the kids put together, pizza that the kids put toppings on, red punch, and heart shaped sugar cookies the kids decorated.
Valentine Day – Remove set of hearts from a deck of cards. Cut in half and have children match the cards together.
Size Discrimination: Large or Small? Without looking, have children take turns reaching into a box that has both a large and small heart-shaped pillow in it. They are to “feel” the hearts as much as they wish to compare them and thereby determine which is the small and which is the larger heart. To lessen the difficulty, you can demonstrate the activity yourself by letting them see the hearts then allowing them to observe your hands in the box as you compare the hearts through “touch.” This is also a great game to keep in the Quiet Corner or some other part of the classroom for children to do during Free Choice Play. Variation: Without looking, let children compare two textures of heart shaped cutouts by “feeling” them. For example, you could glue cellophane to one cardboard heart and sandpaper to another for rough versus smooth. Another option would be to compare soft and hard.