Monday, February 5, 2018

30+ Easy Valentine's Day Activities for Toddlers

Every year I host a few Valentine's Day parties or themed playdates for my kids and I always find myself scouring my own blog and the internet the night before trying to find super easy activities that I would actually do that don't take too much time to pull together.

This year I am ahead of the game for once. I planned out my oldest daughter's class party and am almost done planning a little toddler Valentine's Day party I have scheduled. I thought I'd pull together some of my favorite things I found as I was planning that I think are actually do-able for a Valentine's Day party or playdate... or just some afternoon fun with toddlers. My favorite things are simple heart activities, movement activities, and yummy snacks.

I am always finding more ideas, so I called this post 30 + (PLUS) Valentine's Day activities since I might throw some extras in here as I continue diving into some of my favorite blogs.



I've organized this post for you by activity type. This way you can pick one or two activities from each category and BAM, you've got a fun day planned!

I am putting an asterisk next to the non-messy activities... for those that aren't into messy stuff. All of the snacktivities have the possibility of kids getting messy, depending on your kid. By messy, I mean that your kids might need a bath afterwards or you'll probably need to mop if you aren't doing the activity outside. ;)

Although these activities say they are for toddlers, all four of my kids would have fun with these! They are ages 10, 7, 5, and 2. I hope YOU have a blast with these too!



SENSORY PLAY

Conversation heart Squish Bag- Fantastic Fun & Learning*

Valentine's Day Slime- Little Bins for Little Hands

Heart Breakers- Lalymom

Excavating Hearts Construction Play- Munchkins & Moms

Sticky Heart Collage- Growing a Jeweled Rose*

Touch and Feel Hearts- Simple Play Ideas*

Valentine's Day Edible Playdough- Inspiration Laboratories

Valentine's Day Soup- Fun at Home with Kids




ARTS & CRAFTS


Heart Art Symmetry Painting- The Artful Parent

Spin Art Suncatchers- Toddler Approved

Valentine's Day Headbands- Events To Celebrate*

Love Bomb Craft- No Time for Flashcards

Heart Doily Bunting- The Artful Parent

Marbled Hearts- Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Shake Painting for Toddlers- No Time for Flashcards*

Cookie Cutter Painting- Hands On As We Grow

Heart Tube Stamping- Toddler Approved

Make a Heart Wreath- Toddler Approved




SNACKS

Heart Kabobs- Toddler Approved

String Cheese arrows- Arts Crackers

Heart Pancakes- Cincy Shopper

Build a Valentine's Day Snack Mix- Joy in the Works

Heart Quesadillas- Smart Schoolhouse

Heart Pizza- B Inspired Mama




SCIENCE

Fizzy Valentine Playdough- Inspiration Laboratories

Frozen Hearts Science- Toddler Approved

Conversation Heart Catapults- The Stem Laboratory*

Make Love Potions- No Time for Flashcards

Baking Soda Fizzy Heart Science- Little Bins for Little Hands

Conversation Heart Science- Coffee Cups & Crayons




MOTOR SKILLS

Candy Heart Matching- Toddler Approved*

Heart Pattern Hop- Simple Play Ideas*

Valentine's Day Sorting Activity- Busy Toddler*

Giant Heart Matching Game- Toddler Approved

Heart Hopscotch- Toddler Approved

Musical Hearts- Teach Mama


If you have any other "go to" activities that you always pull out for Valentine's Day parties or play time, I'd love to hear about them. I especially love activities that have simple set up and clean up!

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