Valentine’s Day Practical Life Activities for Toddlers

Valentine’s Day is approaching soon! It’s really a holiday that my husband and I rarely celebrate (our anniversary is exactly 1 week after Valentine’s Day), but I did think it would be fun for Mr. Toddler to set up a few Valentine’s Day inspired works on our shelves! 

Here is a compilation of several, easy to set up Valentine’s Day educational activities for toddlers and preschoolers! As always, these are Montessori inspired! 

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Fine motor and practical life

A simple pencil sharpening work. I should have also added a container for the rubbish. 
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A really, really successful and fun yarn cutting work!
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Mr. Toddler was very excited to get started with this work! Anything with sciscors has been a hit lately. 

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I was thinking of using the cut up yarn for an art project, but we didn’t get to it. Instead, it was just a fun cutting work!

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A simple button spooning work! 
  

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And lastly tweezing rose petals. They are fake flowers, of course, and I had stacked the bowls so Mr. Toddler could arrange the work on his mat. 
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Math

We did a few simple pre-math and math works, as well. 
This work is very simple and contains pipe cleaners cut to two different lengths. I included four colours of pipe cleaners and Mr. Toddler had to arrange them by size and colour. 
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Spooning pom poms (by colour). Let’s ignore that there are only three jars instead of four. 

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Tweezing pom poms. Same work, different spoon. 

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Using number cards and manipulatives. First, Mr. Toddler had to match the numbers. Second, he had to place the corresponding quantity of manipulatives on the cards.  

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Matching construction paper hearts. 
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I simply cut out hearts from pink and purple themed construction paper and had Mr. Toddler match the pieces. 
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Sorting mini clothes pins by colour. I presented several bowls for sorting. 

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An art and math project in one! Mr. Toddler had to glue corresponding coloured squares onto the hearts. Glue has also been a favourite lately! 
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Art

I used the outlines of the hearts that I had cut out for Mr. Toddler’s puzzles above for this work. I simply asked him to try to trace the shape. He definitely struggled with this work, but it was a fun art project (colouring/drawing). 
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Mr. Toddler also had a go at making Valentine’s Day cards! Each and every single one was for Daddy! 
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This was really a great hit with the Toddler, as well! 
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Science

We dissolved himalaya salt in water. This was so much fun and such a new experience for Mr. Toddler! The salt is actually slightly more pink in real life, making this work slightly more relevant for Valentine’s Day. 

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Lastly, we dissolved soap roses in water. I simply prepared a bowl, two mason jars with water (Mr. Toddler loves pouring!), and the soap roses. Mr. Toddler poured everything in the bowl, mixed, watched, waited, and enjoyed. It was very simple, but gave loads of pleasure and was educational! 
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