Happy Valentine’s Day !

Looking for fast fun Valentine’s Day activities for toddlers and preschoolers? We are doing a bunch today. This weekend was packed with activities for our family so today we are staying home in our Pjs and doing a few of these lovely projects and reading some great books.

I think we will start our day with some gifts . I bought my daughter  Where Is Baby’s Valentine? by Karen Katz. She is grabbing at everything so she will love all the flaps to lift up and grasp!

Then while my daughter naps we’ll play with our Valentine Sensory Tub

While my son watches his favorite show ( Busy Town Mysteries) my daughter and I will paint . Here’s a tip when painting with babies , use painter’s tape to tape the paper down so it’s not thrown , ripped or eaten while painting!

After lunch we’ll read this and a few other books my son chooses.

Shelia Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henekes In this story Sheila is a brave little mouse, he even taunts her little sister Louise calling her names when she isn’t as brave as her. However soon the tables are turned and when Shelia gets lost it’s her very own scaredy cat sister who shows the bravery. I think a lot of younger siblings can relate to this story, I know I can. Having an older sister who very much like Shelia is the natural leader among the two of us , it’s nice to see the little sister saving the day for once.  Edited 02/11  My son is nuts about this book. I read it everyday after lunch, and we talk about how some day his sister might just have to help him and how both girls and boys can be very brave.  No matter how many time we read this I enjoy it as much as he does.

Then during quiet time my son will play with this map he loves LeapFrog Tag Maps: World I am not working with LeapFrog in any way I am only mentioning it because this toy is why I can blog. It keeps him playing, learning and it’s so fun!

For dinner we’ll make these heart shaped pizzas

Before bed we’ll read Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton.

This author is a preschool parents dream, short and easy to read melodic books with illustrations to die for. The story is simply a little love song about all the ways the dog loves the puppy, simple and touching. As an educator something I love is that the dogs don’t have an obvious race , they don’t even have an obvious gender which is perfect. Regardless of who loves who in your family your child can see you in the dog and themselves in the puppy! I think that is the perfect valentine! My son didn’t warm up to this book right away, but now not only does he love it he is very very specific that only I can read it to him . It’s become a big favorite in our house.

Not exactly the red wine and candlelight Valentine’s Day we had before kids but I’d be lying if I said I don’t love being able to have a super day and not even getting out of my PJs.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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  1. says

    I love it! We visit a friend on Mondays, so we aren’t doing heart-shaped pizzas this year. But we are spending the day doing heart-themed crafts – PlayDoh with heart-shaped cookie cutters and heart foamie stickers so far.

  2. says

    Sounds like a perfect day!

    We started off with Valentine presents (books from Hallmark that I recorded for them–big hits!) and heart shaped waffles for breakfast and then, sadly, we had to take big sister to school.

    Now we’re about to do a Valentine craft (making a heart lei necklace) and making round three of Valentines for his preschool teachers. Then it will be reading more Valentine books before we eat our heart sandwiches for lunch.

    After lunch we’ll go to school and help with big sisters Valentine party! Then dance lessons and dinner–breakfast for dinner! Heart pancakes, scrambled eggs inside heart shaped biscuits, and all sorts of Valentine loveliness.

    ~ Sarah

  3. says

    I love to read “Hugs and Kisses” by Christophe Loupy during Valentine’s month to my children. They LOVE it. And, so do I.

    We also have pajama day in our little school on Valentine’s day. Staying in our jammies, reading books, and eating chocolate chip pancakes.

    We are feelin’ the LOVE!!

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