Valentine’s ended up being the perfect opportunity to completely clear our shelves in anticipation of some big changes that we have in the works. I had been delaying the inevitable, but being able to replace her treasured materials with some fun Valentine’s-themed activities ended up being completely acceptable with Ella!
Of course, she went for the tray in the bottom left hand corner first (ahem, not the Montessori order) because it contained early morning chocolate and candy. The candy was placed in a cute candy dispenser that requires some great fine motor work to dispense (pincer grasp and turning) which is my “pre-writing skills” excuse for providing candy on a work tray!
The other trays (in order this time) contain:
A cardboard doiley with perfectly placed holes for lacing! (With a red shoelace but a ribbon with a taped edge could easily be substituted. This box and the shoelace are part of our Melissa and Doug lacing kit.*)
This is my Valentine’s day twist on sound cylinders. I used six heart-shaped containers and filled up two each with: mulch (could use cotton buds if you had them), rice, and beans. The sound cylinders should be matched on sound and placed in order from “softest” to “loudest.”
This is our flower-painting invitation, which is more Reggio. I cut off a tiny sprig of Ella’s bouquet for her to dip in the pink glitter paint and decorate the small white squares. This is another tray whose work provides the materials necessary for another tray.
This is a wonderful three-part teapot* that we found at a charity shop. The top half is a teapot and the bottom is a teacup. I filled the teapot with pink tea (Forever Nuts from David’s Tea) and Ella quickly added this to her breakfast chocolate.
This is our playdough invitation for Valentine’s day. In the section plate there is red glitter, red gems, and red (artificial) roses. In the red heart box I placed our rose-scented playdough.
This is the activity that builds on the flower painting activity pictured above. I placed the album* here for Ella to use for reference, all of the pictures in the album are of people that she loves and their names are labeled on each picture with small white circle stickers. Ella will look through the album for someone that she wants to address a “valentine” to, write as much of their name as she chooses with the black marker (possibly just a first initial) and then attach a 1cent stamp onto each card before “mailing it” in the cute little postbox.* After this activity is complete, I have a small “receiving” mailbox that I will fill with little valentine treats for her.
Opposite to the shelves is our block corner, which I also had to revamp, so I replaced what I removed with this small “bouquet” of tinfoil heart sprays and a “Love” sign, and there is a plastic sheet on the block mirror full of gel hearts that she can arrange on the mirror or possibly the window.
What will you be doing for Valentine’s?