4 Fun Heart-Themed Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids with CVI
Valentine’s Day-themed activities are perfect for kids with CVI for so many reasons! One of the biggest reasons is the number of red materials involved, which is oftentimes a preferred color for kids with CVI. And guess what? Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day or can’t celebrate in your classroom, all of the activities (except for the interactive books) make excellent shape lessons exploring hearts! So I am here to share four Valentine’s Day activities for kids with CVI including interactive books, a light table activity, a tactile craft, and a sensory bin activity.
Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids with CVI Activity #1- Interactive Books
Interactive books are an engaging way to work on new vocabulary. In these interactive books, students can work on a variety of skills such as matching pictures, identifying pictures, visual scanning and recognition, using a pointer finger/finger isolation, and so much more! As with my other interactive books, the bright-colored images found on a black background are engaging for students with CVI. There are seven versions included across 5 different levels. These versions range from wordless, to images and a single vocabulary word, to images with a full sentence, to matching images from a field of 1-8. Furthermore, the included vocabulary cards can be used for matching images for any of the versions of interactive books.
Valentine’s Day Activity #2- Sensory Bin
For the next Valentine’s Day activities for kids with CVI, I am sharing a simple sensory bin activity. For this sensory bin activity you will need:
- Mini heart stress balls
- Heart silicone baking cups (you can get them from Amazon or the Dollar Store)
- Gift bag filler
- Glitter pipe cleaners
This sensory bin is all about exploring different textures! The stress balls are squishy; you can bend the baking cups. The gift bag filler and pipe cleaners are shiny and provide movement. Students can also put the stress balls in the baking cups and then dump them out. Bonus, if you put all of these items in a clear bin on a light table, it can be even more visually engaging!
Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids with CVI Activity #3- Light Table Activity
Even though the aforementioned sensory bin can be used on the light table, I have another fun light table activity to share with you! For this activity, you will need heart cookie cutters and translucent gems (non-affiliate link). Students can work on:
- putting the gems “in”
- sorting colors
- identifying colors
- and more!
Textured Heart Craft
For this craft:
- Print out a simple heart outline from Google on white paper.
- Cut out the white heart and glue it onto black paper.
- Cut pieces of different colored textures or of the same color.
- Glue the pieces onto the heart template.
Need any ideas for types of textured materials to use? Be sure to check out the blog post here.
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