Maybe it's because I've been cutting back on the sweets, but seriously. Of all the delectable ways to enjoy sugar--conversation hearts? Not hitting the spot here. Still, I get they're a Valentine tradition. With that in mind, I came up with a few busy activities my little ones could do with them. (And they will happily gobble them up afterwards if I let them.)
My 4-year old is working on classifying in preschool right now. An easy thing to do with the candy hearts is sort them into groups by color.
Another fun idea: Get the kids thinking by drawing shapes of different sizes and having them estimate how many candy hearts will fit inside.
Using just the hearts in one box, see how many patterns your little one can come up with.
Give them a little coordination practice and ask them to stack as many as they can.
Last one is silly, but a favorite. Using a straw and the suction of their breath, kids can lift the candies from one pile to another. They'll have lots of fun with this.
Any other ideas I should add? I'm all about getting as much entertainment as possible out of every day things!