Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Montessori: Valentines

I decided to share my new Montessori activities early on in the week, as I have seen others have done. We have started the letter Qq and our nursery rhyme this week is "The Queen of Hearts." I thought this fit nicely with Valentines day, so I changed out our old activities with new ones with hearts.

I thought this heart tray would look cute with the mini cupcake papers because it reminded me of tarts. Those are just conversation hearts the girls need to tong (using my little bamboo tongs I forgot I had) one by one into the papers.

I had seen others mention the following activity, but it was so many and I really don't remember who. I had actually given up finding the heart picks in our rural area. We have a Family Dollar and a Dollar General and neither had them. Finally found them at a Dollar Tree an hour away.

I found these foam beads while we were shopping the other day and Tabitha couldn't wait to use them. She has used them, thinks it is fun to stack them on the needle that comes with the beads. (The needle has a rounded end to make it safe)

In order to make a nice activity out of it, I decided to
make some pattern cards.

And, though we are focusing on Qq and hearts this week, I changed up the spooning a little differently:

(Figured they look like snowballs, which will be, according to the weather forecast, appropriate this week.

This small shelf is all I have right now to put the materials on, so I do have to change up quite a bit.

I realize it is now Tuesday (I fell asleep on the couch last night before being able to post) but here is the link for One Hook Wonder and the Montessori Monday so you can take a look at what others are doing.

And I am also linking up to Patricia's Boxes Ideas over at Welcome! My Tot Learning Time.


  1. Great job! These look like so much fun!

  2. Tonging the conversation hearts is a good idea - I'll have to get some of those for Short Pants (and not tell him they're candy...LOL). Thanks for linking up to Montessori Monday!

  3. Very brave with the conversation hearts. I've been tempted to do that but am sure *someone* is bound to sniff out they're edible. I'm terrified they'll eat their way through practical life and start in on the math section...

  4. Ummm, yes they do tend to sneak the heart now and then. Guess it is my fault. The last two activities included cheerios and apple jacks or fruit loops and when they were done with the activities they were allowed to eat them. I planned on getting little bowls around so when they are done with the activity they can put the heart in there and then pay me with their pennies to get one.
    And thanks for checking out my blog :)

  5. Oh, I love your blog. So cute activities and always new ideas!

  6. Great activities!!

    Thanks for commenting at my blog, I got the squeeze bottles at michaels. I think they were originally meant for sand art, but they have always worked well for me!

  7. I love all of this boxes. I would like if you link it up to Boxes Ideas Tuesday over my blog. I love the heart picks, but my favorite is the heart tongues. Just add my button

  8. the heart beat form is lovely, i like them so much ... its nice to make necklace and looks so colorful .. also a nice door gift for children birthday party


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