My boys don’t know what Valentine’s Day is all about. Yes, they have autism. Are they incapable to show love and affection? Not at all. I would say that probably most autistic children do not fit this autism stereotype. My boys are very sweet and loving. They might not say the words “I love you mommy” but they show me how much they love me in their own special way.
Using a Valentine’s Day theme in their homeschooling activities, exposes them to everything related to that holiday and helps them associate. So that eventually just like the rest of us, when they see a red heart, they will think of Valentine’s Day.
Pinterest is a great source of inspiration when trying to find activities to do with the kids. I particularly liked this Valentine’s Day mail sorting activity from Teach Preschool.
Since I couldn’t find these metal mailboxes, I decided to make some myself. I wasn’t certain how exactly I would do that but while having my morning coffee, I realized: These coffee boxes would make the perfect Valentine’s Day mailboxes! I love being able to reuse household items for activities, especially when the activity is one that we might not use very often or the kid’s will grow out of quickly.
Here is what I did …
- I covered the coffee boxes with left over Christmas wrapping paper.
- I made tiny envelopes with colored paper. I didn’t use a template but there is a super cute mini envelope template and tutorial over at Clementine Creative.
- In order to make the activity more appealing to Cookie, I printed these Valentine’s Day Sesame Street characters. You can find images of your child’s favorite characters on Google images.
- I imported the Sesame Street images into Open Office Draw so I could add numbered hearts. Since Cookie knows how to count to fifty, I wanted to introduce the concept of counting by ten.
- I also made numbered hearts for the envelopes. You can download my free printable Count by Ten Numbered Hearts in pink and red here: Count by Ten hearts
The little ones really enjoyed this activity. I think without the characters, I would probably have lost their attention quickly.
PS: To make this activity easier use the same image on the envelope as you do on the mailboxes.