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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we are getting our February learning activities all prepped and ready. Heart-themed learning fun is definitely on the agenda this month, and we are excited for our latest Valentine’s Day activity. Your kids will have a blast working on fine motor skills, patterns, and color sorting with this fun Heart Threading Fine Motor and Patterning Activity!
*Pair with our Pattern Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Heart Threading Fine Motor and Patterning Activity
This heart threading and patterning tray is easy to set up and is perfect for independent learning as a February center activity!
You could even add it to your class Valentine’s Day party plans as a station. If you twist the pipe cleaners up after they make their patterns, kids could wear them as bracelets or take them home!
For this activity you will need:
- Pipe cleaners
- Red, white, pink, and purple craft foam (or precut craft foam hearts)
- Hole punch
- Compartment tray
How to Prep
If you do not have precut hearts, you will begin by cutting hearts out of the craft foam. Cut them by hand, or use a heart punch!
You can make the hearts various sizes if you wish.
RELATED RESOURCE: Valentine’s Day Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten
Next, make holes in each heart with a regular hole punch for the pipe cleaner to fit through.
How to Play
Add the heart and pipe cleaners to a tray as an invitation to play, or you could give specific instructions like:
- Thread together all the red hearts.
- Make a pattern with red and pink hearts.
- Count the hearts.
- How many hearts will fit onto a pipe cleaner?
You can even make little cards to show a pattern sequence for the kids to copy to work on visual perception skills.
This activity has endless learning opportunities and will be enjoyed by preschoolers and kindergarteners alike!
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