I am lumping a BUNCH of activities into one post. It's just how I feel like doing it this time so I hope you don't mind. There are a lot of photos with a little description for each one.
First up............transferring feathers using a clothespin. I love this activity. I put it out last year too. I have these fabulous footed purple metal bowls. They look blue in the photo, but they are a really gorgeous shade of purple. So awesome! The feathers are a definite point of interest. You have to carry the tray very carefully because the feathers will float out otherwise!
I had this work out all of January with blue beads. I just changed it up with red, pink and purple beads. My students love doing this work and it is so good for their concentration and motor control.
This is another activity that I've had out in December and January with different pipe-cleaners and beads. I just changed out the blue and white ones for Valentine colors.
Here is a bead sculpture created this week by one of my students.
I found the pink ice cube tray at my FAVORITE local thrift store a few weeks ago. I added a bowl of clear marble chips and a melon baller to transfer them.
Next is a sort and count activity. I've had many seasonal variations of this activity out throughout the year. This time I've used three colors of Valentine erasers. The child sorts them by color using the tongs, counts how many of each color, and places the corresponding numeral card next to each set.
I had this one out last year. Felt roses from Hobby Lobby (they have these for sale this year too.....I saw them on Saturday) with tongs and a paint tray.
When I was at HobLob on Saturday I picked up a package of wooden ladybugs with hearts on their wings and used them to set up this transfer activity.
Finally, I had this water droppering work out last year too.........I think you will find it in the archives for last February. The glass hearts are actually a glass trinket box with two halves. I picked it up at a garage sale a few summers ago for about 50 cents. It is perfect for water transfer because the halves are really shallow. I put red colored water in one half and the children use the dropper to transfer the water to the other half. The little heart sponge is used to wipe up drips. I have set this work up to be stationary instead of on a tray since the glass hearts are heavy and I couldn't replace them if they got broken.