“Can we eat the marshmallows?” was asked over and over by the children staring at the bowls of mini marshmallows. But the marshmallows were not for eating. Not today. Well, okay maybe a few😉. However, the majority were for a measuring activity to go along with our Valentine’s theme class.
Today’s class opened with the reading of “The Day it Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond. It’s a sweet little book about a girl who catches some hearts to make cards for a few friends.
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I followed up the book with a few questions. Our group is a mix of Pre-K and Kindergarteners. Therefore, I explained briefly what a main character is and then they quickly responded to the first question. They are a smart group. I might be a little biased. But it is very neat to hear them using words like onomatopoeia and personification.
Questions for “The Day it Rained Hearts”:
- Who is the main character?
- Why did Cornelia think it must almost be Valentine’s day?
- What did Cornelia do with the hearts?
- How many Valentine’s did Cornelia make?
Heart trees were next, as we moved to the table for craft time. This was a pretty simple craft as they could pretty much do it on their own. A few of the children traced and cut their hands out on their own. Once the hands were glued onto the white paper, their creativity took over. There was an assortment of sizes and styles of hearts to choose from. They were free to use as many as they wanted. Pookie went on to add grass, sky and a sun.
With it being Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to practice the letter V. To get everyone’s attention I had them watch, “The Letter V Song” by ABC Mouse. I found it here on YouTube:
Afterwards, I asked them to name a few things that begin with V. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with some words for V. The video helped them rattle off a bunch.
It was time to get moving! Everyone stood up for a game of St. Valentine Says… This is just a Valentine’s version of Simon Says… It’s a nice to get a little energy out and giggles to boot.
When we returned to the table there were two tempting bowls of mini marshmallows set before them. We were ready for the measuring activity. First, we spoke about what it means to measure something. Then everyone insisted they could to 20, so we loudly did so just to prove we could🙂.
I found this awesome activity at “The Stem Laboratory“. I printed the sheets out and then laminated them, as I’m sure we will come back to this activity time and again.
The activity calls for Conversation Hearts. However, I couldn’t find them anywhere! So I went for colorful, fruity mini marshmallows instead. They were a good size and delicious. We did the first measurement together. Then they were anxious to get measuring on their own.
For a treat, I made Rice Krispie Treats. This week our family has been extra busy with an overlap in the sports my children play, so we were on the go every evening. As a result they were just a tray of regular Rice Krispie Treats, which are always yummy. However, I really wanted to make were these Strawberry Sweethearts Rice Krispies Treats. Maybe next year. If you get a chance to make them, let me know how they turn out.
All in all, it was a great start to Valentine’s Day.