Homemade Gifts with Love!
This Valentine’s Day, liven up the classroom and get your preschoolers excited for arts, crafts, and games with these fun holiday ideas!
1. Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards
Valentine’s cards for loved ones might seem simple enough, but craft supplies make Valentine’s Day art more exciting. Toddlers can glue small pieces of red, white, and pink tissue to construction paper hearts. Macaroni, cereal, or beans can also be offered to encourage creativity. Dip sponges shaped like flowers, hearts, and stars into paint and make stencil art.
2. Cute Cereal Necklaces
What mom or caregiver doesn’t love jewelry from their toddler? Preschoolers can practice fine motor skills with yarn and any kind of loop cereal. Look for cereals with lots of color to make the best Valentine’s Day gifts. Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, and Donut Shop brands are colorful choices for this activity!
3. Stealing Candy Hearts Game
This Valentine’s Day game works best with medium sized conversation hearts or small packets of the traditional sized ones. Gather kids into a group and pick one to have their heart stolen. Send that child out of the room or have them cover their eyes while the others pick a person to hide the candy heart.
When the stolen heart player returns, they ask each player, “Did you steal my heart?” until the candy is found. The heart thief then becomes the next player to have their heart stolen. Repeat the round until each child has had a turn and received a candy heart!
4. Potted Flower Valentine’s Gift
This preschool activity requires some time and planning, but it’s also a great opportunity to observe science and create something unique. Toddlers gain sensory experience through handling potting soil, planting seeds, and watering. They practice patience while observing the growth process and, with the right timing, can bring home a lovely plant on Valentine’s Day!
5. Handprint Bouquet
All you need for this fun Valentine’s Day craft is construction paper, crayons, scissors, and wooden craft sticks. Preschoolers trace their hands on sheets of paper of several different colors and decorate them with sequins, stickers, etc. Next, help them cut out the hand tracings and glue each one to the top of a craft stick. From there, arrange the stick “flowers” into a bouquet and glue the craft sticks together at the base or directly onto another sheet of paper.
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