Valentine’s Centers for Preschoolers
Valentine’s Centers – Sensory Table
Mix up a big batch of Valentine’s rice for the sensory table. It’s simple, cheap, and quick. When the students are done playing with it, store in an airtight container and reuse another time.
- Add white rice to a big ziploc bag.
- Squirt in some liquid watercolors. Choose Valentine’s colors (purple, pink, magenta, red).
- Shake the bag to coat the rice thoroughly.
- Spread the rice out to dry. (It will be dry within a few hours.)
Scoop, Fill, and Pour
It’s really important to remember to give students time to just play and explore a new sensory bin filler when it is first offered. They need the chance to feel it, discovering its texture, weight, and properties. They need the chance to experiment with how it sounds and how it looks. They just need to explore it by itself for a while before we expect them to do “other” things in the sensory table!
Add simple materials like dry, empty water bottles, small scoops, and cups. Students will practice their hand-eye coordination by filling and pouring out the bottles. These full bottles also provide some “heavy work” for busy kids.
Offer some extra fine-motor grasp practice with this sensory table center. Add pom-poms in different sizes and Valentine’s colors. Provide ice cube trays (these are silicone trays from Hobby Lobby) and small tongs. The students can fill the trays by placing one pom-pom in each compartment.
Heal my Broken Heart
Valentine’s Centers – Math
Light Table Counting
Practice counting sets of little hearts with this homemade center. Just take heart cut-outs (these are foam, from a craft store Valentine’s project) and write a number on each one. Add transparent hearts (available at Dollar Tree and most craft stores) and invite students to count the matching number for each one.
Valentine’s Pattern Sorting
Hugs & Kisses Patterning
Light Table Patterns
Use transparent heart shapes to make simple patterns on the light table. Print the patterns on plain copy paper or on old-fashioned transparency sheets. (Free printable HERE.)
Heart Sticker Shapes
Valentine’s Number Mats
Special Delivery Bulletin Board
Valentine’s Centers – Literacy
Make writing more enticing by offering seasonal writing trays. (These little pink trays are from the Target Dollar spot.) Print the heart letters and laminate. Fill a shallow tray with red, pink, or white sand. Students can use their fingers, a Valentine’s pencil or a special heart-topped stirrer to copy each letter into the sand.
Beginning Sound Stamps
Heart or Valentine
“What is Pink?” Book
Valentine’s Centers – Fine Motor
Children love to do centers that they can wear and take home! These bracelets are simple: red, pink, and white pony beads with some special heart-shaped beads mixed it. The students string the beads to make a bracelet.
Valentine’s Day Ribbon Weaving
Weaving is a complex skill that involves fine motor finger isolation, bi-lateral hand coordination, and patterning (up-down-up-down).
All of the supplies for this weaving center are from the dollar store:
- White grids are dish-draining mats. (If these are not available, a cookie cooling rack or the side of a plastic basket would also work.)
- Inexpensive, seasonal ribbons cut to match the length of the draining mats.
Valentine’s Heart Painting
Students can practice their concentration and motor skills with this simple, beautiful heart painting project. Print the heart templates for free HERE.
Valentine’s Day Circle Time Unit
All of these centers, plus a week of Circle Time activities, art ideas, playdough mats and more are included in this Love Unit for Preschoolers.
Valentine’s Day Books
Here are so lovely books to read to your preschoolers on Valentine’s Day: