Coloring in a Box: This idea has been all over Pinterest, and it's BRILLIANT! I've been waiting to try this for a while, so when Bryson's new car seat arrived in a large cardboard box, you can bet I saved the box! Emma had a great time playing in the box and coloring to her heart's content. The mess was all contained and she was occupied for a long time!
Candy Heart Sorting: We got a box of conversation hearts for Valentine's Day this year, and instead of just eating all the candies, we did a sorting and counting activity. I made a sheet with colored circles out of paper and markers we had on hand, but PreKinders also has a great printable here. Sort each of the colors into the colored circles or colored heart spaces. Then we counted each color. We did eventually eat the candies, and read each of the messages!
And, of course...
Read: Reading is one of the best activities you can do with your child at any age!
A few of Emma and Bryson's current favorites are:
- I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
- I'm The Biggest Thing in the Ocean! by Kevin Sherry
- The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
We did an activity with one of our books, I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! We were a bit more careful with our paints than the little one in the book however! In honor of Valentine's Day, we stamped red hearts using a toilet paper tube. It's an easy, cheap craft that was lots of fun! Simply fold and tape a toilet paper roll into a heart shape, and stamp away. After the stamps have dried, you could even use the paper to make Valentine's Day cards for friends and family!
My 3 good things for today are:
- My three sweet Valentines!