It’s that time of year again! Valentines Day!
Do you and your partner still celebrate Valentines day as a couple? Or perhaps the celebration has changed from a romantic dinner date of just the two of you into fun and cute valentines celebration with the whole family instead? Whichever one it is that you do, the most important thing is that you take the time to have fun and enjoy the company of your love ones.
Celebrating Valentines with kids is always fun and exciting! I love all the cute decorations and little trinkets you see everywhere that you can use for a fun activity to celebrate with them. Then add a cupcake and a special lunch treat for them and they are over the moon!
To get everyone in the mood for the upcoming holiday, I usually incorporate Valentines theme activities in our homeschooling, from printables for my older kids to Valentines tot trays for my youngest. And that is what I’m going to share with you today.
I scoured the net for some ideas to set up for our Valentines theme tot trays. Then gathered items that I already have at home related to the holiday and visited Dollar store to pick up a few more new items they have available. 😉 The result is the following activities.
Valentines Theme Tot Trays
1.Valentines theme straws + clear plastic bottle
This is a very simple activity of eye-hand coordination for our young tots. At this age (my daughter is 18 months), they just love in and out or dropping activities any time of the day!
2.Glittery heart foam stickers + paper and marker
Grab a piece of paper, draw a line in the middle, write Big on one half of the paper and Small on the other. Then help the little ones sort the hearts into big and small. That’s it!
3.Valentines theme plastic coins + Valentines theme piggy bank
This is an activity that helps the little ones practice their fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Plus, it’s another dropping activity again!
If you can’t find the Valentines theme piggy bank, which is very possible (I got mine a couple of years ago now), you can of course use other container you have available. Like those cans of baby snacks or an empty hot chocolate can (whatever you have), just make sure that you still have the lid! Wrap the body with a nice Valentine paper wrapper. Then cut a slit on the lid wide enough for the coins to fit through. That’s it!
4.Pompoms + heart shaped ice-cube tray + tong
Another fun fine motor skills practice for tots especially if they know how to use the tong already! This activity also lets them practice 1:1 as you count with them while they put one pompom at a time in each hole.
5.Heart shaped buttons + pipe cleaners
The little ones practice threading each buttons to the pipe cleaners if they are able to. If not yet, that’s okay, because they can also do sorting activity by colors. While they thread buttons, you can also teach them simple patterning activity.
6.Valentine mini cards
There were 12 mini cards in 6 different designs in the box that I bought, so that means 2 of each kind. Separate the cards into individual pieces and proceed to play matching picture activity with your tot. You can also laminate each card if you prefer just to make it more sturdy for the little hands.
7.Mini heart erasers + 2 heart-shaped containers
Those mini heart erasers are so cute! I just can’t resist!
We got a pack of mini heart erasers with 2 different kinds in it. Set up 2 empty bowls or container and play sorting mini hearts game with your tot. Add a spoon or tong to practice fine motor skills as well. Although the act of picking up each mini eraser is already a fine motor practice for them!
And there you have it! 7 simple Valentines theme tot trays that are easy to set up and are packed full of fun for them!
I hope that you enjoyed this post!
I am also working on Valentines theme printables that I will be sharing with you next week, so check back to snag your copy!
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