I try to refresh our shelves every few weeks — otherwise the kids and I get bored. Even small adjustments can bring renewed interest to an activity they had become bored with. (Often, I find that boredom means an activity is too easy.) Valentine’s Day is over, but my girls still want to talk about it — so we’re doing a few more Valentine’s related activities to finish out February.
Added a sight word reader called “God Gave Us the Earth.” We’ll not use it so much for sight reading, but for identifying and correctly gluing the letters G-O-D where indicated.
Added a line-tracing activity with “V” for Valentine’s Day — in a dry-erase pocket with a dry-erase marker.
Added water-transfer into a heart-shaped ice cube tray. We used the same ice cube tray for a baking-soda and vinegar science experiment, too. (We’ve done that before.)
Balloon blowing. This was inspired by the girls’ recent birthday. I intend to add a mirror.
Grow capsules are always popular. We get a pitcher of hot water and use kitchen tools to stir the capsules as they dissolve.
Wooden Heart Puzzle. Grabbed this the day after Thanksgiving for 70% off at Target. It’s honestly a little too easy, but we’ll see how it goes. Paired with a sign saying “God is Love.”
Sorting conversation hearts by color, then graphing to find out how many of each were in the box.
Booklet about how a seed germinates, to go along with our gardening activities.