Changing shelves up a bit can do astounding things for a classroom. Even if we didn't have these wonderful holidays to help us plan through the year, rotating works on the shelves is always a welcomed idea by children. This post includes five versatile Montessori Valentines activities for classroom trays. You will see how easy it is to create variations on these works!
Montessori Valentines Practical Life Activities
In this first image above, one of my favorite trays is a felt rose transfer with tweezers. These felt roses are great because you can use them with a variety of works, such as patterning and sorting, and with a variety of transferring tools. I bought these roses at Michaels. The tray and the ceramic bowls are from Goodwill.
Next, we have a simple heart gem transfer. I love the sound the heart gems make as they plop into the dish. You can present this work as a simple beginning hand transfer and then make it increasingly difficult for little fingers with various transferring tools. I bought the gems at Michaels. The tray and the ceramic bowls are from Goodwill.
Finally, in the bottom image is a small clear and red gem sorting activity using tweezers. Same gem package as the above works. The tray and the ceramic bowls are from Goodwill.
Montessori Valentines Math Activities
I found these red mini clothespins at a local craft store. The hearts are simple cardboard. You can easily make these hearts but I chose to shell out the 99 cents for two packages of 12. I wrote numbers on the hearts with a red marker.
The children can go through the cards one by one or use dice to find a number to a clothespin to the heart. I love this work because it continues to work fine motor skills for older children.
I made these heart counter cards to help my 4-year-old with beginning math. I found the gems at Michaels and fit the white circles on the heart to match the size.
You can present the cards along with the white dots, or you can present the cards without any dots and have the child match the number by rolling dice and then finding the appropriate number card and a number of gems.
Resources Used in these Montessori Activities
These are just a few ideas. I hope to post additional ideas soon! Thanks for stopping by!