This is my favorite Valentines activity yet, and I have had oh-so-many favorites. Based on one of our favorite books, The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond and a great idea I found here, the kids and I did some snipping (as Em calls cutting), pasting, and a bit of math and writing as well!
While I assembled our materials (construction paper, card stock, markers, glue, scissors), Jax read the book to his sisters. He is such a sweet and smart big brother!
Then I let the kids pick out which pattern they’d like for their umbrella as well as what color hearts they’d like (Jax chose red, Em chose purple, of course). I let them cut out their own umbrellas and glue them to the paper while I cut out the handles. Then I impressed the heck out of them by showing them how to make many little hearts by folding paper; every time I made the final snip and a bunch of hearts fell onto the table, Jax and Em gasped like there were fireworks.
They pasted their hearts above their umbrellas as though it were raining…
…and then we did a bit of math, just for fun. Jax says he really loves “hard math, like 11 +12,” so we counted the red and purple hearts and wrote it out. Just simple addition, but it is a first for Em to see it written out that way.
They both wrote in their numbers and colors, which is more writing than Jax usually does in one sitting. It’s all in capturing his interest, I suppose! Don’t they look wonderful? I just love that Em chose to make a cheetah umbrella. She’s a sassy one, that girl.
Take cover, everyone! It’s raining hearts!