The purpose of the tray is to recognize or count the number on the the heart, and put that many pushpins in the square block.
It turns out to be counting and fine motor practice. :) And my daughter LOVED getting to push all 55 pushpins into the blocks. (*Since pushpins have sharp ends this activity must be completed under adult supervision.)
This is what it looked like after my daughter finished pushing in all the pins.
She also had a lot of fun removing the pins and putting them back in the container for me. I thought I would show you an after picture of one use. I think you could easily get several uses from one set up. I thought I would mention that if you have a preschool and are wanting to use this on several children.
I have to say this was by far my daughter's most favorite thing we did all week. She helped me make doughnut snowman around Christmas time by threading doughnuts on skewers so I wasn't surprised that she loved this so much. She kept asking for more marshmallows.
"Mommy, look at my heart snowman family!"
You can't do all that work without getting to eat a couple marshmallows! :)
To continue working on our name recognition and also to practice with our glue skills, I set up this tray for her to cover her name in heart sequins.
Learning how to control the amount of glue you need is such a hard skill to get down in preschool so making these long thin lines was such great practice for her. After she put glue on a letter, she went down the line covering it with heart sequins. I purchased these heart sequins at either Dollar Tree or the Target dollar section. I apologize for not remembering which one. I bought things at both places last week and bags got combined so I just can't remember anymore.
Who doesn't love seeing their name covered in pretty hearts?!! Just FYI, I printed her name out using the Print Clearly Font which you can download for free HERE. I used 600 font size, but that's obviously going to depend on the length of your child's name.
I couldn't leave you without mentioning this lovely book that we have been reading this book to go along with our activity trays, "1-2-3 Valentine's Day by Jeanne Modesitt." If you have a young one learning numbers and counting, it is an awesome book for Valentine's Day. It also has some rhyming text in it which makes me love it even more. Each page has hearts on it for counting as you read along in the story. You must check it out!