Heart Fine Motor Activity

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Sometimes, a quick and easy activity falls together without any plans. This Valentine’s Day Math activity just kind of happened one afternoon after we had some hot cocoa with sprinkles. It’s a heart themed fine motor activity that will align perfectly with your Valentine’s Day occupational therapy plans. Heart activities like this one bring on the fine motor love with big benefits!

If your kids are like mine, they find all of the sprinkles that have scattered all over the table and gobble them up.  {And there is always crumbs, or sprinkles, or SOMETHING scattered all over the table…} I know when we have sprinkles on anything, that they go crazy for any misplaced sprinkle.  There has been a child or two who has leaped across the room for a random sprinkle.  Seriously! They act like they haven’t just had a spoonful of sprinkles mixed into their cocoa!  Is it just my kids???   Before there were chairs knocked over on this particular day, I gathered up the random sprinkles (really, why do sprinkles end up everywhere??!) and a handful of hearts and we did a little Valentine’s Day math.  

Heart Fine Motor Activity

Valentines Day heart math activity for kindergarten and preschool

Math Fine Motor Activity

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Use heart sprinkles to encourage pincer grasp and other fine motor skills for a Valentine's Day occupational therapy activity with fine motor development.

We started with the leftover valentine’s day sprinkles
from a hot chocolate treat. I gathered up the stray heart sprinkles
and had Big Sister pick out the other hearts from the tray of mixed sprinkles.  

This is a fabulous fine motor activity with a big motivator (SPRINKLES!) and a fun way to practice pincer grasp (tip to tip grasp of the thumb and pointer finger).  You can encourage your child to tuck away a few sprinkles into their hand as they pick out the hearts.  This is called translation from fingers to palm and is an important part of in-hand manipulation (manipulating items within the hand).  These skills are important in pencil grasp and positioning in handwriting.

We used hearts that we had leftover from another activity.  These are just little hearts cut from pink cardstock.  I wrote numbers on the hearts and had the kids put the correct number of sprinkles on each heart. 

This was a fun (and tasty) math and fine motor activity for all of the kids, but my 5 year old was able to do some beginning math as he counted out the sprinkle manipulatives and matched them to the correct number (number identification) and my 3 year old counted along aloud.  All three kids were very happy with the end result of this math and fine motor activity…more sprinkles to eat!

Looking for more Valentine’s Day Activities?

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Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.