The Day It Rained Hearts
Written and illustrated by Felicia Bond
A great gross motor activity to complete with your child after reading “The Day It Rained Hearts”
Cut up medium-sized hearts from paper and slowly let them go above your child from a height (like it is raining) and have them try to catch them!
To further the learning write letters, numbers or keywords on the hearts and have your child recite them after catching them or as they pick them up.
More Valentines Day Activities!
Peg Fine Motor Activity
For ages 2-5 years
- wooden clothesline pegs
- coloured cardboard
- adhesive (glue or sticky tape would be best).
Valentines Day Card Idea
- two different coloured pieces of paper
- other decorative crafty items (glitter, stickers etc)
Valentines Day Science
Crystal Hearts Experience
For ages 2-5 years
- Popsicle Stick
- Pipe Cleaner
1. Take your pipe cleaners and form them into hearts! Twist two different colours together! Or you can entwine two hearts!
2. Use the popsicle stick (or pencil) to tie the string around. I used a small piece of tape to keep it in place. You can do two hearts in one jar but make sure they are small and have room! Make sure your jar opening is twice the size of your hearts (to ensure you can remove the crystal heart when its finished growing)
3. Add a sugar/water ratio of 4:1 to a saucepan bring it to a boil, then stir until sugar is dissolved. Don’t heat too much it will turn into toffee!
Remove the sugar solution from the heat and pour it into the jars, along with food colouring and your pipe cleaner shape.
4. Put the jars into a safe place, and let them sit for atlease a week!
You will see sugar crystals forming! Once complete they will be safe for little ones to handle as they are completely edible
1. Fold both coloured papers in half to make a simple card
2. Place your child’s hand on the piece of folded paper, making sure their thumb and index finger are touching the folded edge.
Now trace their hand
3. Cut out the traced hand, make sure the thumb and index finger aren’t cut around so that when we unfold the paper, it is still connected to the other side.
4. After the hands are cut out, unfold them and it will reveal a heart cut out, stick this down inside the other folded piece of coloured page, to create the inside of the card. Make sure the fingers meet in the middle of the card, so it still folds
5. Finish off the card with an “I” above the heart, and the name of your valentines under neath the heart!
This is also where your child can do their own individual decorations to personalise the card!
In this activity, your child is practising their colour recognition, whilst strengthening their fingers and hands!
1. Cut out a large heart and a small heart from each of the different coloured cardboards
2. Attach the smaller hearts to the top of the pegs
3. Spread the large hearts out in front of your child and ask them to clip each of the pegs on their matching heart! If your child is younger, they may need a little help clipping the pegs onto the coloured card.
If your child is finding this too easy, there are a number of ways you can challenge them.
1. Write an uppercase letter on one of the hearts and its lowercase pair on the other
2. Write a number on the peg, and the corresponding dot on the larger hearts