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Valentine’s Day Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Share the Love

Invite your children to enjoy these fun crafts, games, songs, and food centered on friendship. Your children will love the family fun and you’ll appreciate the skills they’ll learn while completing these Valentine’s Day projects.

Gather together and have a bonding talk about love, friends, and why we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Here are a few questions to ask your children:

    • What is a friend? What is the difference between friends and family?
    • How do you become a friend to someone?
    • How do you show love and kindness? On Valentine’s Day, cards, gifts, and flowers are sent to family and friends. Sharing, helping, saying kind words, doing kind deeds, and becoming considerate of one another can also express love. What are some ways you like to show love and kindness to your friends and family?

Enjoy this holiday as you partake in the following activities…

Valentine’s Day Games

Moving Valentines
Teach your child about spatial directions as they participate in this fun game. Set a decorated Valentine box on the table. Invite your child to move a Valentine card in relationship to the box according to directions you give. Ask your child to “move the card” under, behind, in front of, to the left side, to the right side of the box. Continue to play as long as your child desires.

Valentine’s Day Creative Movement
Dramatize the following verse together:

Let’s be friends on this Valentine’s Day.
We’ll show love in so many ways.
I’ll blow you a kiss. Catch it in your hand.
Throw it back. Watch it land.
Now, be my partner and let’s dance to the music.
It’s so nice to have a friend like you,
not just for today, but the whole year through!

Sorting Hearts Game
Place several shoeboxes on a table. Fill them with different colored construction paper hearts cut into a variety of sizes. Have your child sort the hearts according to size, color, or both. This game helps your little one learn pre-math skills.

Musical Circle of Hearts Game
Cut matching pairs of hearts from an assortment of colored construction paper. Place one heart of each pair in a box. Tape the remaining hearts to the floor in a circle. Players walk on the circle of hearts to music. When the music stops, each player must stand on one of the hearts. One heart is drawn from the box and the player standing on the matching heart gets a chance to choose a heart from the box for the next walk. Repeat as many times as your kids want to play. This is a great game to play with friends and family members.

Memory Hearts Game
You will need:

    • 20 index cards
    • Colored hearts (two of each message: “Be Mine,” “I Love You,” and so on)
    • Glue

Glue a different colored heart on 10 index cards and then make a matching set. This game is played like the traditional “concentration” game. Place all the cards heart-side down. The children take turns turning over two cards to find matches. If they don’t get a match, they return the cards, and the next player goes.

Love Songs

Here’s a fun song sung to the tune of “Bingo.”

To show how much you love your friends,
Just sing a valentine heart song.
H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T,
each “heart” tells that I love you!

You can change the word “friends” to a specific name, or Mommy and Daddy, and so on.

Sing this song to the tune of “Three Blind Mice.”

Love, love, love,
Love, love, love
See how it grows,
See how it grows.
I love my friends and they love me.
We love each other that’s plain to see.
There’s plenty for a big family.
Love, love, love,
Love, love, love!

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