Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Five Valentine's Day Activities for Toddlers

Homemade Valentines: I cut out a few construction paper hearts for Hayden and let him decorate with crayons, markers, heart washi tape, and foam heart stickers. I am planning on sending these to a few lucky recipients since we made five together.

Hearts in a bag: I found this cute little zippered pouch at the Paper Source and these large foam hearts at the Target dollar section. Hayden likes to take all the hearts out and then put them back in again...and again...and again. It's a good activity for keeping him busy for a few minutes. 
Invisible Hearts: We've done this one twice already this week. I drew hearts with a light pink crayon on his drawing paper and then let him paint over them with red watercolor. It's fun for him to see the hearts appear as he paints. Plus, he also enjoys ripping the paper up so that we can get a fresh sheet! 
Felt Heart Face: Similar to our felt Christmas Tree, I cut out a big heart shape and them some face pieces (eyes, mustache, lips, nose, etc.) Hayden like to take the pieces off and rearrange them on the face. I put magnet tape on the back of this one as well so that we can keep it on the fridge.  I really like this activity because you can keep doing it with different shapes and  items for  all the seasons and holidays. 

valentine's day books for toddlersWhere Is Baby's Valentine? A Lift-the-Flap Book / Guess How Much I Love You: Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram: 9780763642648:... / I Love You Through And Through: Bernadette Rossetti Shustak, Caroline... / Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George / Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (If You Give...): Laura Numeroff,...
Favorite Valentine's Day Books: Now that Hayden's attention span for books is getting longer, we have been reading longer books and getting more than just board books from the library. A few that are in our Valentine's Day rotation are listed above. 

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