I've always loved candy conversation hearts. As soon I saw them in the store, I grabbed a bag (and ate them all). Then I picked up another bag and vowed to slow down the eating and instead use them for a super fun learning activity for my boys. Since we love discovery bottles, I thought we'd use the hearts to make a really easy Valentine themed bottle. They loved it and as a bonus, the candy is still perfectly edible when you're done!
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This Valentines activity for preschoolers could not be easier to put together. Here's what you need:
- Clean, dry water bottle (I use VOSS bottles)
- Large candy hearts
- Edible food marker (a Sharpie will also work, but you can't eat the candy if you use one)
First, use your food marker to write a large letter, A-Z, on the back of 26 hearts.
Once you have the entire alphabet done, put them in your bottle. Then add blank hearts until the bottle is approximately 3/4 full (you want room for the hearts to move around).
Close the top securely (glue it if you have concerns about very small children and choking). Then invite your children to check it out and see if they can spot the letters!
My boys loved rolling the bottle around and looking for the big letters. I encouraged them to look for things like the letters of their names and letters we could see around the room.
Then, we decided to try a little Valentine themed word hunt. I wrote out a few Valentine words on a card and had them look for each letter in the bottle.
Then they practiced tracing each letter as they found it. There are so many variations of learning activities that you can do with this bottle - we'll be using it a lot over the next few weeks!
And, when you use the edible marker, the candy is still perfectly fine to eat, so this could also make a super cute Valentine's gift idea too.
Looking for more Valentine Discovery Bottle ideas? Check these out:
Color Mixing Sensory Bottle | Preschool Inspirations
“Full of Love” Calm Down Jar with Printable Calming Affirmations | Lemon Lime Adventures
I Spy Love Sensory Bottle | Modern Preschool
Floating Hearts Sensory Bottle | Teaching Mama
Water bead Hearts Discovery Bottle | Sugar Aunts
Slow Falling Hearts Sensory Bottle | Rhythms of PlayHeart Glitter Jar | Fun-A-Day
and find even more awesome Discovery Bottle ideas here.
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