Valentiney – an adjective created by our toddler for anything remotely lovey dovey, heart related or pink.
So as you might guess, here are our top 14 Valentine’s Day activities:
1. Color over Doilies
2. Heart Size Sort
3. Slow Dance
4. Heart Bags
5. Red + White = Pink
6. Make a “Love Potion”
7. Love Hands and Feet
8. Read “Love Bugs”
9. Be Mine Post Office
10. Bin of Conversation Hearts
11. Making Chocolate Dipped Treats
12. Chocolate Box Puzzles
13. Make Love Monsters
14. Cupid’s Arrows Game
Balloons can provide all sorts of fun and sometimes even a bit of exercise! To play volleyloon, inflate a balloon* with air and tie the end to keep the air from escaping. Toss the balloon in the air. Now, … Continue reading →
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Start with a bowl of about 40 or so hearts of various sizes and a sorting mat (muffin tins, egg crates, or several smaller bowls work well depending on the size of your hearts). Pick up a heart and say … Continue reading →
Gather up some fabric scraps* (try to mix colors, textures, sizes, and shapes if possible) and put them in a bin. Give your toddler the bin and a pair of tongs and presto – tons of fun! Once the initial interest wears off feel free to add to the activity by asking questions about colors, textures, and shapes. You could also encourage your child to sort the material and talk to them about why they are sorting in different ways (you might as well get some mathematical thinking in where you can).
*We tend to have fabric scraps around the house from other projects but in case you don’t save everything as a potential activity like we tend to (blushing with embarrassment) I did check out the local fabric store and they sell bags of miscellaneous swatches very inexpensively.
**I’ve also heard that toddlers love pulling fabric scraps out of old wipes bins but we have yet to try that one. If you give it a whirl let us know how it goes.
Tape a few doilies on the underside of a piece of paper and then give your toddler a crayon. Their reaction to having bumps under the paper is priceless. It also makes for some very interesting art once they truly get going!
This one is just like it sounds. Kiddos love to dress up even if they don’t truly understand who they are pretending to be; though, this would be an excellent time to first introduce these important men in history to them.