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