Keep reading for some fun Olive My Love activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. These activities are sure to be a hit with your littles!
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FEBRUARY STORY OF THE MONTH
Our February story of the month is Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh. Have your read Olive, The Other Reindeer? We love that book at Christmas time, and this book is the Valentine’s Day version!
For more Valentine’s Day books, check out this post!
In this story, Olive mishears her friend Dexter on Valentine’s Day. She thinks he says, “all of my love” as he drops a heart on her doorstep. Olive is so worried that Dexter lost his heart, so she goes on an adventure to get it back to him. In the end, Dexter explains that he didn’t say “all of my love”…he said, “Olive, my love” and dropped the heart on her doorstep because he loves her! Yay for a happy ending!
Click on the picture to learn more about this fun book!
After reading the story, check out these fun Olive My Love activities, which include Heart Rice Krispie Treats, a Heart Art Project, and a FREE Color Matching Activity. Adding these activities to your February plans, either at home or in the classroom, will bring learning to life for your little one!
Want a fun idea for a Valentine’s Day sensory bin? Check out this post!
HEART RICE KRISPIE TREATS
Rice Krispie Treats are one of my family’s favorite treats, so I wanted to jazz them up a little bit for Valentine’s Day. These are super easy to change into a festive snack simply by adding some food coloring & cutting them out with heart cookie cutters!
- 3 tbsp butter
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Red food coloring
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the marshmallows and food coloring, and stir until completely melted.
- Remove from heat, and add the Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until everything is red!
- Use a buttered spatula to spread the mixture into a 13x9x2 -inch pan coated with cooking spray.
- Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out Rice Krispie Treats hearts (you’ll want to do this before they get too hard!) Optional: Add some valentines sprinkles to them!
- Eat & enjoy!
Need more Valentine’s Day inspiration? Check out this post for 15+ activity ideas!
HEART DO-A-DOT ART
I love using do-a-dot markers with my students (and my own kids!), and this heart do-a-dot art is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! This one was inspired by Kim from The Resourceful Mama.
- White paper (preferably cardstock or something thicker)
- Red and purple do-a-dot markers
- Heart cut out of a different piece of paper (any scrap paper is fine!)
- Tape the heart (that you cut out of a different piece of paper) in the middle of the white paper.
- Using the do-a-dot markers, dot all around the heart to make the shape of a heart.
- Then dot all around the paper in whatever pattern you’d like!
- When you’re done, remove the heart you taped down to reveal the white heart with the color all around it.
- Perfect to use as valentines for your little one’s family and friends!
COLOR MATCHING FREEBIE
Color matching is a great way to practice visual discrimination, which is an important building block in learning to read.
Little ones will use the strip of hearts and pull it up or down to reveal only one heart on their mat (in this picture, it’s the orange heart!) Then they’ll find the matching color heart and color word to put on their mat.
They could also build the color word with letter tiles. Or you could laminate the mat, they could write the color word with a dry-erase marker.
Want more Valentine’s Day printables? Check out this pack!
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Have you read Olive My Love? Do you have any fun Olive My Love activities for preschool or kindergarten that I should add to our list? Let me know! You can comment below or find me on Instagram [@littleslovelearningblog] to share!
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