Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day activity for your toddler.
Let me guess.
Easy to set up?
Keeps your little one happy for an extended period of time?
No big mess to clean up?
Then I have some good news: keep reading for simple play idea for Valentine’s Day – that’s just right for your little one!
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Make Your Own Sensory Hearts
Use what you have to prep this activity. Just take a look at what craft supplies you have, and then tape or glue them on to paper hearts.
Here’s what we used:
- card stock in a fun colors. (card stock is more durable than regular paper)
- Several different textures. We made 8 hearts:
Use the card stock to cut one heart shape for each texture you are going to use. Then apply that texture to the heart!
Sensory Heart Textures
Here’s what we did for our hearts:
- Pompoms: I glued a variety of different colored pompoms to the hearts.
- Aluminum foil: I cut a large piece of aluminum foil and folded it over the heart. You could glue it on, or tape it on the back. I didn’t, and it stayed on fine for us.
- Masking tape: I made 5 long tape circles, and put them on the heart. You could also do a bunch of little ones, I just liked how this one looked.
- Sandpaper: I just cut this from sandpaper (I didn’t use the cardstock heart underneath because it was sturdy enough without it. But you could glue it onto card stock.)
- Colored Sand: I coated the card stock with glue and sprinkled the colored sand onto it. Then I shook the heart outside to remove the excess sand.
- Colored Glue: I just drew on the heart with the glue (see how to make it here), and when it dried the glue had a raised texture.
- Felt: I cut a piece of felt out the same size as the card stock, and glued the felt on top.
- Scrunched tissue paper: I used tissue squares (you could also just use regular tissue paper) and scrunched them up and glued them onto the hearts.
It’s super easy to setup AND clean up for this activity. All you have to do to set it up is to look at your craft supplies, pick a bunch of different textures, and put them on the hearts! Clean up either just toss the (you might have to depending on how active the play gets!) or thrown them in a bag for another day!
Read & Play
This sensory activity paired well with My Fuzzy Valentine by
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