Tot School: Valentines

After Christmas passes and I finally get the tree and decorations put away, I immediately look forward to decking my house out in all things pink and glittery.  Any excuse to be super girly is totally my JAM. Being a girl mom also means that I can go all out with pink and sparkly fun for our Valentine themed Tot School, so brace yourself!
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So here were our plans for Valentine Week:

And here is what we actually did:
Our favorite valentine books for the week were:
Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney
Kiss Kiss Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
  Roll and Fill Heart:
I don't know why I feel the need to buy 7,000 conversation hearts every year, but I seem to have so many laying around. I wanted to find a way to use them with Madelynn so we played this roll and fill heart game.  This game incorporates so many different skills. First roll the die and identify the number, then count out the hearts with one to one correspondence to fill the heart cookie cutter. I added the tongs to incorporate fine motor strength challenge as well.
  Heart Stamp & Paint:
For this art project we started with a tp tube bent into a heart shape to create a stamp. After Madelynn filled her page with hearts, I gave her pom poms clipped with clothespins to paint the hearts.
  Stained Glass Heart:
I LOVE making stained glass art crafts because they are so easy to prep & make, and they always turn out gorgeous!  First I cut 2 identical hearts from black construction paper and placed one heart onto a piece of contact paper. With the sticky side up, Madelynn added tissue paper squares to fill the heart. After she was finished she glued the second heart cut out on top along with another sheet of contact paper.  I cut the excess paper from the outside and taped it to the window. So pretty!
   Tear Paper Heart Tree:
To make this tree I gave Madelynn a large sheet of brown construction paper and let her cut and tear large and small strips. Then she glued each piece together to create branches on a tree.  Finally she added foam heart stickers for a pretty Valentine themed tree.
Musical Hearts ABC: 
This was a big hit with Madelynn.  I wrote the letters A-Z on paper hearts that I cut out, then laid them out in a circle.  I put on some music and had her dance around the circle.  Then I stopped the music and had her pick up a letter and try to name it.  She has been doing really well with uppercase letters so it is definitely time to move on to using more lowercase letters in our activities. 
 Heart Scavenger Hunt {Letters}:
We love a  scavenger hunt over here, so I took the paper hearts from our musical heart game and hid them all over the first floor of our house. Then we hunted for each letter and brought them back to this large paper mat I made to match them. 
 Musical Hearts Numbers: 
This was exactly the same as the musical hearts activity we did with letters.  I wrote the numbers 0-10 on paper hearts that I cut out, then laid them out in a circle.  I put on some music and had her dance around the circle.  Then I stopped the music and had her pick up a number and try to name it. 
 Heart Scavenger Hunt {Numbers}:
Because we love our scavenger hunts, I took the paper hearts from our musical heart game and hid them all over the first floor of our house. Then we hunted for each number and brought them back to this large paper mat I made to match them.
 Strawberry Swirl Crescents:
These hearts were pretty easy to make and super yummy like little danishes! I started with a tube of Pillsbury crescent rounds. I rolled the whole tube out and let Madelynn spread cream cheese over them.  Then she placed small cut up strawberries on top.  I rolled both ends of the rounds towards the center to form hearts and tehn baked them according to the package directions.  
 Veggie Hearts:
Using tiny heart cookie cutters I cut out shapes from cucumber, crinkled carrots, and tomatoes to make these colorful healthy Valentines treats.
 Heart Eyes Crackers:
I'm loving this emoji inspired valentine snack. We spread peanut butter on ritz crackers. Then added raisins and strawberries (cut with a tiny heart cookie cutter) to make a face.
  Valentine Parfait:
To make this parfait we layered granola, strawberry yogurt, strawberries, and vanilla pudding.
  Valentine Sensory Bin #1: 
In this sensory bin: pipe cleaners, pom poms, satin hearts, foam hearts, ribbon, heart slinkies, and buttons.
 Valentine Sensory Bin #2: 
In this sensory bin: water beads, mini heart boxes, heart buttons, and scoops.
 Valentine Play Dough Cookies: 
On this play dough tray: red, pink, and purple play dough, heart stamps, heart gems, heart buttons, heart cookie cutters, and rolling pins.
 Valentine Sensory Bin #3: 
In this sensory bin: red rice, valentine mini erasers, mini containers, mail box, tongs.
Valentine Sensory Bin #4: 
In this sensory bin: red dyed water, heart sponges, heart gems, mini heart boxes, mini cups, scoops, and eye droppers.

 That's it for this week! Next week we will start two weeks of nursery rhymes!


And here are the themes that will be coming soon:
And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Activities, you can find them all here:


January:

February:

September:

October:

November:

December:
Christmas

January:

February:

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