By LAURIN BRAINARD Updated Jan. 25, 2024
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and as my youngest is getting older, I am so excited to fill our days with painting, sensory bins, and all the fine motor activities our hearts desire! As we head into February, I want you to feel as prepared as I do to teach your little ones so I put together some of our favorite toddler activities for February!
This Valentine’s Day Toddler Unit is made up of 12 valentine activities you can use for the entire month of February:
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Little ones LOVE to create art for their parents, grandparents, and other special people in their lives. For Valentine’s Day, you can make these two different art projects with your little ones that can be turned into cards for Valentine’s Day:
All you need for this fingerprint tree is this printable from our Valentine Unit and some liquid paint on a plate. Then, kids will tip their fingertips in the paint and press around the tree to make leaves. When finished, you can cut out the tree and paste onto a large piece of construction paper for a jumbo size card!
I love these Crayola Washable Paints for this project. The set is inexpensive, but it does come with a limited number of colors. We use this opportunity to mix red and blue together to make purple for the card!
In this second craft, we combined fine motor skills and art to make another fun keepsake! First, we tore colored paper into small “pieces” and then glued onto our printable from our Valentine Toddler School Unit. As my daughter pasted on each piece of paper, we talked about all the people she loves and cares about in her life. It was a great way to tie in a conversation about the reasons why each person is special!
What could be more fun than learning letter names and sounds through a candy heart sensory bin?!?! In this bin, we used crinkled paper as our sensory bin filler and added candy heart letter cards. As children pick up each card, they can practice saying the name and/or sound for each letter, then place it in their candy heart box. We added in some extra practice by saying the name of each letter as we placed back in the sensory bin for next time.
I made a quick video to show you how to set up this bin:
Looking for more information on how to set up a sensory bin? You won’t want to miss this blog post: How to Set Up a Sensory Bin
In this second bin, we built cupcakes by matching numbers! First, I cut out the pieces of each cupcake. You can find the printable pieces in our Valentine Toddler School Unit. Then, my kids picked up one piece at a time from the bin. Depending on the ability level of your child, you could start with the pieces for just a couple cupcakes, or add in all six at once.
Playdough is always a hit in our house! In this activity, I created vocabulary cards so we could work on the names of various Valentine’s Day symbols that may encounter in our daily lives this month. Then, we rolled snakes and balls of dough and used them to build the symbols.
Playing with playdough from a young age is an excellent way to build up the tiny hand muscles in little hands. This will help your child’s fine motor skill development as they prepare to start writing in Kindergarten!
If you aren’t familiar with what fine motor skills are, then you can read more about this here: What are Fine Motor Skills?]
If you want to bring some Valentine fun centered around learning into your home this year, then this Valentine Toddler Unit is a perfect choice. It’s full of 12 activities that will get your toddler excited about learning, all while working on their developmental needs.
If adding learning activities into your home this year sounds like something you would enjoy, then you can save money on this unit by purchasing it as part of my Holiday Toddler Curriculum. This holiday curriculum includes activities for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Patriotic days, Halloween, and Christmas! Your toddler or preschooler will be ready for Kindergarten before you know it! You can check it out here:
I hope these activities give you the tools to play and learn with your little ones all year long! Feel free to send me a message on Insta @theprimarybrain if you have any questions and I would love to chat about all things toddler learning with you!
This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase through one of my affiliate links, which helps to support The Primary Brain blog. As always, I only recommend products that I love and all ideas shared are my own.Written on February 12th, 2023 by Laurin Brainard