Over the next few days I'm going to share some of the V-day activities I've created for James and I'll break them down by "theme", too. :) As always, click on any photo for a larger view.
Another button snake, but with hearts - idea courtesy of Leptir. She had her school children cut the slits in the hearts for an added PL lesson. James isn't at this point yet, but it's something we'll do later, I'm sure!
Transferring beads into suction cups. James LOVES this work, so it's one of those things I keep on our shelves (and rotate) each week.
Open and close work. Each item has a little heart eraser in it. This is by far James' favorite activity on our shelves.
Transferring a dozen felt roses. :) I was inspired by My Montessori Journey to create these roses. They were so fun and easy to make! I'd gladly create a tutorial if anyone is interested.
Transferring pom-poms into a heart shaped tray using a strawberry huller. James is still working on his tonging skills and gets really p.o.'d when he has a hard time. I found the huller to be a bit easier for him.
Lacing jumbo beads. A few months ago I found out James can easily lace things, but that he didn't really seem interested in doing it. So, I'm putting a couple of lacing/beading type activities on the shelf to see if time has changed his opinion. Chasing Cheerios had the idea of lacing used greeting cards, but since I couldn't find any used cards and since I just couldn't see spending $4 per new card, I passed on this. Great idea, nonetheless!
Transferring water with a dropper. This is a new one for us - can't wait to see what James thinks of it!
Spooning flower pasta into 2 containers.
Size sequencing foam hearts - this is a great activity geared toward recognizing size discrimination.
Color matching with beads and pipe cleaners. This creative idea comes from Itty Bitty Love. Also, an excellent fine motor activity.
Color grading paint samples from darkest to lightest. The set on the right appears blue, but it's actual purple. :)
Also check out this post of mine for more sensory fun!