It’s my last week at the early childhood center where I work. I’ll be happy to be finished and have time to pack and prepare for our move to the farm, but man, will I miss those kids. I just love working with preschool aged kids. They are so enthusiastic, creative, and hilarious. I’ve been trying to have as much fun as possible with them before I have to leave.
We’re still going strong this week with Valentine’s Day crafts and activities. Today I put together some sensory bins and we made cards and glasses. So much fun!
Crinkly, Papery Valentines Day Sensory Bin
I raided the craft cabinet for this one! I pulled out tissue paper, ribbon, feathers, pom poms, and pipe cleaners in Valentine’s Day colors and threw them in a bin. There were so many different fun textures for the kids to explore. My favorite part was when my daughter threw in some My Little Ponys. They fit right in!
Sparkly, Purple-y Shaving Cream
This looked good enough to eat, so of course, I kept a close eye on the kiddos when we played with it. I mixed some purple liquid watercolor with shaving cream and threw in some sparkly jewels. The kids loved digging in the shaving cream to find the jewels and then “polishing” them and setting them aside. It was like a messy treasure hunt!
Colorful Heart Valentines
Each one of these cards turned out different from the last! I loved seeing the different ways the kids expressed themselves with the paint. To make these pretty cards I cut out some hearts and used rolled up masking tape to apply them to a folded piece of paper. The kids went to town with paint and after they were dry, I peeled off the taped heart to reveal the heart on the paper.
I then added a little message inside with marker.
Glittery, Feathery Heart Glasses
These were so cute! I just cut out the hearts, hole punched the sides, and added pipe cleaners. Then I gave the kids feathers, glue, and glitter. I recommend doing this with slightly older preschoolers, since glitter + little ones usually = disaster.