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10 amazing Valentine’s Practical Life Activities

By Anitra

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Valentine’s Day is 13 days away, and I have begun decorating and planning for the Valentine’s theme. With it being the beginning of a new month, I am busy creating and putting together many new works and activities for all areas of my classroom.  The Practical Life area is no exception.  I try to change out my Practical Life activities and exercises at least a few times a month.  That way, the activities keep the children intrigued and happy to explore the Practical Life area of the classroom.

The Practical Life area in a Montessori classroom or home school is the area of the classroom where children develop the necessary skills related to the care of self.  Many of the works foster fine motor skills, grasping, cutting, transferring, and hand eye coordination.  These skills are a necessary precursor to writing, reading, and mathematical functions.  There are many activities that can be included in the Practical Life area; there are no limits as to what you can add!  It is important however to consider the different developmental stages of the children in your classroom.

For more information on the importance of the Practical Life area and a description of the other areas of a Montessori classroom, you can read What is all the hype about? A detailed look inside a traditional Montessori classroom.

Whenever possible, I like to tie in the Practical Life area of the classroom with the weekly theme.  There are so many amazing activities to do for Valentine’s Day, so this is a theme that we do for two weeks!  The pictures are of actual works in my classroom, and will be introduced one at a time over the next two weeks.  Take a look, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did putting them together!

 

 

10 Amazing Valentine's Themed Fine Motor Activities

 

1. Pink playdough with heart shaped cookie cutters in different sizes

Make heart shaped cutouts using playdough and cookie cutters

Materials:

  • a tray
  • playdough
  • heart shaped cookie cutters
  • rolling pin (optional)
  • a pair of scissors (optional)

Objectives:

  • grasping
  • fine motor skills
  • hand eye coordination

 

 

2. Hanging heart doilies with clothespins

Hang the heart doiles around the top edge of the basket using clothespins

Materials:

  • rectangular basket
  • heart shaped doilies
  • clothespins

Objectives:

  • fine motor skills
  • pincher grasp
  • pencil grasp

 

 

3. Heart bouquet

Make a heart bouquet using heart cake toppers

Materials:

  • plastic heart cake toppers
  • glass vase
  • a tray

Objectives:

  • fine motor
  • eye hand coordination

 

 

4. Heart shape cutting

Follow along the line and cut out the heart shape

Materials:

  • scissors
  • paper with heart shaped traced on it
  • hot dog tray

Objectives:

  • scissor practice
  • fine motor skills
  • hand eye coordination

 

 

5. Transferring plastic hearts with a small, flat spoon

Transfer the hearts from one bowl to many using a small, flat spoon

Materials:

  • a tray
  • 1 large glass bowl
  • plastic hearts
  • a spoon

Objectives:

  • pencil grasp
  • fine motor
  • hand eye coordination

 

 

6. Valentine’s Pony Bead Sorting

Using their fingers, pick out and sort all of the pony beads by color

Materials:

  • a tray
  • 1 large glass bowl
  • 3 to 5 small bowls
  • pony beads in different colors

Objectives:

  • fine motor skills
  • sorting
  • hand eye coordination
  • pincher grasp

 

 

7. Transferring heart shaped jewels using a tea infuser

Transfer all of the heart shpaed jewels from one bowl to the other using the tea infuser

Materials:

  • 2 glass bowls
  • tea infuser
  • heart shaped jewels
  • a tray

Objectives:

  • hand grasp
  • hand eye coordination

 

 

8. Transfer heart shaped beads with tweezers

Transfer heart shaped beads from one bowl to many using tweezers

Materials:

  • a tray
  • heart shaped beads
  • 1 large bowl
  • 2 small bowls
  • tweezers

Objectives:

  • fine motor skills
  • hand eye coordination
  • pincher grasp
  • pencil grasp

 

 

9. Transfer heart confetti using a meduim sized spoon

Transfer the heart shaped confettin from one bowl to the other using a meduim sized spoon

Materials:

  • a tray
  • -a medium sized spoon
  • heart shaped confetti
  • -2 small bowls

Objectives:

  • hand eye coordination
  • grasp

 

 

10. Pin poking heart shapes

Using a large push pin, poke around the heart shape close enough to be able to punch out the shape.

Materials:

  • a tray
  • a small bowl
  • a large push pin
  • a poke mat
  • heart shapes to poke

Objectives:

  • fine motor skills
  • hand eye coordination
  • pincher grasp
  • pencil grasp

 

 

Many of the materials in each of these activities can be found at the Dollar Tree, believe it or not! They havegreat Valentine’s themed itmes, perfect for any classroom or homeschool environment.   I get all of my trays, glass bowls, and many other items from there as well.  You’d be amazed at the wonderful finds and great quality classroom itmes they have!  Check out the Dollar Tree; you can even order in bulk online!  You can’t beat that!

 

I will be posting pictures of the children in my classroom doing all of these activities, so be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

 

 

Anitra

 

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Comments

  • shanna

    February 7, 2018

    these are all so great! i’m definitely trying some with my homeschooler!

    reply to shanna
  • Melina

    February 5, 2018

    What fun ideas! My kids will love these!

    reply to Melina
  • Alyssa

    February 2, 2018

    Love this idea! So fun, and I would have never come up with these myself!

    reply to Alyssa
  • Kristi

    February 2, 2018

    I love these ideas to do with my girls!

    reply to Kristi
  • Laura Belle

    February 2, 2018

    THese look like great activities to keep a child busy.

    reply to Laura Belle
  • Mallory

    February 2, 2018

    These activities look amazing, easy and fun for all ages. I can’t wait to try them.

    reply to Mallory
  • Amanda

    February 2, 2018

    Love it! I’m sure it is fun coming up with creative activities that are related to a holiday! 🙂

    reply to Amanda
  • Cyndi Moskal

    February 2, 2018

    Fun activities to keep the little ones busy. Playdoh and beads were both winners when my kids were small.

    reply to Cyndi Moskal
  • Verla

    February 2, 2018

    I know your kids are doing better than I would at these fun activities. Nice for them to know too what they are practicing when they do these things. More engaging for them. Nice.

    reply to Verla
  • Heidi

    February 2, 2018

    Looks like a fun craft activity! Even as an adult I enjoy doing these things! 🙂

    reply to Heidi
  • Kristi

    February 2, 2018

    My kids would be all into the playdough. DIY playdough must be popular these days.

    reply to Kristi
    • Anitra

      February 2, 2018

      Kristi, it is actually. Very easy to make!

      reply to Anitra
  • Pernille

    February 2, 2018

    This really does look just like my daughters classroom. Some great ideas that can easily be adapted for home.

    reply to Pernille
  • Jamie Nicholls

    February 1, 2018

    I love these ideas! What age ranges do you incorporate into these activities for your classroom?

    reply to Jamie Nicholls
    • Anitra

      February 2, 2018

      Thanks Jamie! I have a classroom of children 2 1/2 to 6 year olds.

      reply to Anitra
  • Stephanie

    February 1, 2018

    So cute! Even as an adult I love playing with play dough – I always encourage my niece and nephew to play with it haha

    reply to Stephanie
    • Anitra

      February 1, 2018

      That’s because playdough is awesome Stephanie!

      reply to Anitra
  • Karen

    February 1, 2018

    Great ideas! My daughter in law incorporates a lot of Montessori type activities for my grandchildren. I will pass this on to her!

    reply to Karen
  • Lisa

    February 1, 2018

    Great practical ideas for preschoolers. Thanks for sharing.

    reply to Lisa
  • Monica

    February 1, 2018

    What cute and fun activities. My daughter would love doing each of these. My son would try to eat them lol

    reply to Monica
    • Anitra

      February 1, 2018

      Thanks Monica! Haha, oh no!

      reply to Anitra
  • Vicki Belanger

    February 1, 2018

    So many fun activities – will definitely be sharing this!

    reply to Vicki Belanger
  • brittany

    February 1, 2018

    This is EXCELLENT! I pinned it so I can reference it this month!

    reply to brittany
  • ElizabethMillerSliwa

    February 1, 2018

    You’ve inspired me! I have been lacking in the “fun activities” department with my preschooler lately. Gonna head to the dollar store today and see what we can find!

    reply to ElizabethMillerSliwa
    • Anitra

      February 1, 2018

      Awesome Elizabeth, yay! Im glad I was able to inspire you, thanks!

      reply to Anitra
  • Linda

    February 1, 2018

    I will give these ideas to my daughter, she has little ones!

    reply to Linda
    • Anitra

      February 1, 2018

      Thanks Linda, I appreciate it!

      reply to Anitra
  • Maggie

    February 1, 2018

    Your projects look like fun! Even as a former teacher (high school) I never realized the practical life skills goals all the fun crafts stuff was supposed to impart in a young child!

    reply to Maggie
    • Anitra

      February 1, 2018

      Thanks Maggie! These skills are so important for the development of fine motor skills needed in later years.

      reply to Anitra

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