Celebrating Valentine's Day provides a variety of learning opportunities for infants and toddlers. You can help them learn about love and kindness while also helping them learn colors, shapes, and basic vocabulary words. This also an excellent opportunity for arts and crafts! Use the The Giant Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities for activity inspiration.
Here are five of our favorite Valentine's Day activities for infants and toddlers:
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Paint with Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutters
Use heart-shaped cookie cutters and some red or pink paint to make infant and toddler works of art for Valentine's Day. If you are worried about kids putting paint in their mouths or want to avoid some of the mess or, try using water and dye instead of paint. This easy activity is sure to be a Valentine's Day Favorite.
Make Valentine Mobiles
Assist children with making Valentine Mobiles. This fun arts and crafts activity is great for encouraging creativity and fine motor skills. Help children hang their festive masterpiece in the classroom or send the art home for parents to hang in their children's rooms. Encourage children to add their unique styles to the Valentine Mobile.
- Red, pink, and purple paper
- Red yarn
- Cut out hearts in a variety of sizes from red, pink, and purple paper.
- Give each child an 18" length of yarn.
- Let the children choose hearts to glue to the yarn–make sure you leave 8" at the top.
- Hang the mobiles from a hanger or ceiling.
Create a Heart-Shaped Suncatcher
Looking for a fun, easy craft for toddlers to make on Valentine's Day? Be sure to check out this creative Valentine's Day suncatcher activity! With only a few materials, your child will have the opportunity to create a unique suncatcher to hang in any window.
Sing a Valentine's Day Song
Kids love singing and listening to music, so make sure you incorporate a music activity into your Valentine's Day lesson plans. Songs are great for introducing rhythm and music to children early on. Encourage children to sing along with this interactive Valetine's Day themed song.
Flowers Are SweetSing the following song with/to children, using corresponding gestures when appropriate:
Flowers are sweet (nod "yes")
That is true. (nod head "yes")
But for my Valentine
I'll choose you! (point to a person)
Use Children's Footprints to Make a Valentine's Day Crafts for Parents
There are a variety of ways you can use children's footprints to make a Valentine's Day craft for parents. Whether you choose to make the love bug craft above or something different, a Valentine's Day footprint craft will be a treasured keepsake for years to come for many parents.
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