Holidays are a great excuse for extra learning fun, and I am a huge fan of theming out the different learning areas of our classroom when I can! This color sorting hearts busy bag is going to be a huge hit with my preschoolers who will get also work on their fine motor skills while practicing colors and sorting.
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Color Sorting Hearts Busy Bag
Make sure that the twisty straws and the craft foam include the same colors.
In our color sorting hearts busy bag, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple were used. The pack of straws that I used were found at the dollar store. You can also find similar straws here online.
To create the hearts, I cut a heart out of paper the size that I thought would be good for my preschoolers. I then used the paper heart as a tracer for my craft foam hearts.
It took a little while to cut out all the hearts, but I wanted to make sure there were enough to keep my preschoolers busy and offer a bit of a challenge to their little fingers.
In my classroom this activity will sit at a table with 2 chairs, so there will be 2 preschoolers working on the sorting activity at a time.
After the hearts were cut out, I used a handheld hole punch to make a hole in the middle of each heart. A regular hole punch worked easily to do this!
After your hearts are full of holes, it's time to play!
The object of the busy bag activity is to match the colors of the hearts with the colors of the straws. Each straw will only have the same color heart on it.
Add each color heart to its matching straw by wiggling it down the straw and over the bumps.
Continue until each heart is on the correct straw!
Before leaving the area in the classroom (or before putting the straws and hearts back into the busy bag holder), don't forget to take the hearts back off the straws. This adds to the fine motor practice and strengthening.
The busy bag is a great way to include the Valentine's Day theme in your little one's day! I love simple activities and this one is made with materials that will last a long time even with continuous use.
Craft foam is a great material to use with young kiddos too! It doesn't rip like paper and it can be used as reusable stickers on windows AND sticky walls!
For even more Valentine's Day activities for kids, check out these ideas from some fantastic bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Printable Valentine's Day Dice Games // Fun-A-Day
FREE Number Bingo // The STEM Laboratory
Pre-Writing Alphabet Practice with Conversation Hearts // Preschool Inspirations
Heart Match Up Activity // Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Counting Roses // Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Conversation Heart Counting Cards // Life Over C's
Love Bug Clock // Fairy Poppins
Counting Heart Cake Toppers // Adventures of Adam
Heart Wreath // Powerful Mothering
Magic Heart Sight Words // Playdough to Plato
Simple Suspended Conversation Heart Discovery Bottle // Lemon Lime Adventures
Valentine Numbers and Counting Hearts // Play and Learn Everyday
Teach Buttoning Skills with Heart Buttons // Sugar Aunts
Free Valentine's Day Addition Memory Game // DIY Farm Wife
Hearts Pom Pom Game // Teach Me Mommy
I Spy Valentine's Day Heart Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Color Sorting Hearts // Modern Preschool
Candy Heart Addition Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
We Go Together Like PB&J Homemade Game // Study at Home Mama
Valentine's Day CVC Board Game // Liz's Early Learning Spot