COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE, Listening and attention (ELG01), EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN, Being imaginative (ELG17), PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT, Moving and handling (ELG04), PSED, Making relationships (ELG08), Managing feelings and behaviour (ELG07), UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD, People and communities (ELG13)
Why not make Valentine’s Day a ‘special friends day’ in your setting? Let the children make cards, heart-shaped snacks and decorations and take the time to let each other know that they are good friends and to share the things they like about each other.
Depending on the age of your children, you may need to prepare lots of cut out hearts in advance for this activity Alternatively you could supply a heart-shaped template for the child to draw around and then cut out. Use one or more colours for the hearts.
Finally add the last heart, the opposite way up, this will be the caterpillar’s head. Draw a face on this heart. You may also want to add antennae which have tiny little hearts on the end. Use very thin strips of paper or pipe cleaners.
Turn heart caterpillars into butterflies: make four more rows of stacked hearts and attach them to the body of the heart caterpillar at an angle (two on each side of its body) and you have a butterfly! Alternatively you could just add two large hearts (one on each side) to the caterpillar body.
Don’t forget the Valentine’s cards! Each child designs one of their own and posts it in your setting’s postbox. At the end of the session hand them out – one to each child, but not the one they made. Talk about friendship and caring.
Anticipating key events
Handle equipment and tools effectively including pencils for writing
Talk about feelings and behaviour
Work cooperatively and take turns with others
Communities & traditions
Design & technology