Valentine’s Day Math and Science Activities for Kids
The kids have crafted Valentine’s Day cards and they’ve made plenty of holiday treats. Now what? Explore math and science concepts, using Valentine’s Day as an inspiration. Not only are you celebrating the holiday, but your children are getting the chance to learn, make discoveries and develop new skills. What types of activities can you try for the most loving of all holidays? Take a look at these easy ideas that are perfect for kids in pre-k and up.
Your child can learn about basic math concepts, such as shape and symmetry, using hearts. Hold a piece of red or pink construction paper in half. Using the fold as the starting point, have your child draw half a heart. Cut on the line. Ask your child what will happen when they unfold the paper. Unfold the heart, using it to explore symmetry. Fold it again, at a different point (not the center) and ask your child if its symmetrical. Have them explain why they choose symmetrical/not symmetrical.
How fast does a candy heart dissolve? Choose several different liquids, such as water, white vinegar, apple juice and a clear soda. Fill one cup with each liquid. Place a candy heart in each cup. Predict which heart will dissolve the fastest. Set a timer to see what happens.
Use the leftover candy hearts to count. Spill several out onto a table and have your child count as many as they can. You can also use these to make patterns. Your child can croup the candy hearts, creating a quantity pattern (three hearts, two hearts, three hearts, two hearts and so on). Or your child can create a pattern based on the hearts’ colors.