This Valentines day week, we made some very simple cards. I offered the children a selection of crayons, silk rose petals, cardboard coloured hearts and different glittery valentines confetti and glue sticks.
I wanted something that was easy for the little ones, that required some imagination and choice and not something that looked like a factory line if cards had been set up. I wanted each child to choose from the offered items and make the card as they wanted. The first thing they had to choose was what way up they wanted their card to stand. Then they were given free rein on the sticking and drawing.
This was great for supporting fine motor skills in the young children and helping to develop their pincer grip.
Lots of smiles on faces as they worked to make cards for the people they love. They told me who the cards were for and asked me to write in the cards.
We also set up a sensory tray with a Valentines theme.
- Valentines bears
- rose petals
- Valentines center piece
- Glass hearts
- Large heart boxes
- Scented candles
- Heart rings
- Rice for the base
The children liked to use the boxes as a inter stacking activity and would place the glass hearts in to a box and then place each box in to a slightly larger box until they reached the biggest. They would then offer it to someone in the house as a gift!
We made some Heart cakes!
I made some sensory bags by adding Valentines confetti and hair gel to food bags and sealing up the top with tape so they didn’t leak. The little ones loved to press on these bags and watch the hearts move around the bag. This does need constant supervision as the bags can split or leak and so may need to be removed quickly.
Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
- Communication and language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Art and Design