Searching for Valentine’s Day activities for kids? Here are some of the greatest Valentine’s games, crafts, and treats. Use these fun and easy Valentine’s Day with toddlers and preschoolers at home or in the classroom with kids of all ages.
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What’s inside this Valentine’s Day Activity List:
I aimed to list what I would search for in a Pinterest Pin. I want ideas that are simple to set up for my toddler and preschooler and an activity that creates fun conversations in the home as they work. If I am a room mom helping set up a preschool Valentine’s Day party, I want to search for something quickly that doesn’t require many supplies.
With all this in mind, I divided this Valentine’s Day for kids post into categories to help you get where you need to be in record time.
- Valentine’s Day Activities
- Sensory play for Valentine’s Day
- Valentine’s Day Crafts and Cards
- Sweet Treats
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Valentine’s Day Activities
Over the last few years, I have become pretty great at creating indoor activities for kids. When I put together this list of Valentine’s Day games, I kept fine motor development and gross motor skills in mind. These are the best Valentine’s Day activities for kids.
Cutting paper hearts is an easy way to reinforce counting and number recognition.
Love Coding Bracelet
Use the code sheet for a creative and fun way to make something for someone you love.
This toddler activity uses simple materials to create a colorful heart.
Race to Fill
This hands-on math activity uses erasers, and you can also use candy hearts. Improve fine motor skills as your child grasps each heart.
Valentine Sun Catchers
Contact paper gives early learners life on a cold winter day. You must try this activity from Toddler Approved.
Sensory play for Valentine’s Day
What is a kid activity list without sensory activities? Children are researchers of their environment, and when we incorporate new sensory activities, we ignite new pathways in the brain. Yep, I geek out over facts like this. Read here why sensory play is important for child development.
Also, I wish I had a quick read before introducing sensory play to my toddler to prevent bean sprouts from growing between my decking. Although a funny memory, I wrote about how to introduce sensory play to kids so you can learn from my experiences.
Candy Heart Water Play
What’s Valentine’s Day without the use of the iconic conversation hearts? Add them to water for a fun sensory science experiment.
Hidden Hearts Cloud Dough
Adding a little red food coloring is the perfect way to spruce the cloud dough for Valentine’s activity.
Snip the Flowers
After Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to snip the flowers! Add them to a water bin and hand over the blunt-edge scissors.
Young kids get a kick out of watching this Skittle science experiment.
Marble Play Dough
Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to explore play dough shapes and cutouts.
Shaving Cream Slime
Did you know that you can make slime out of shaving cream? Use this recipe to make for yourself.
Valentine’s Day Cards and Crafts
Valentine’s Day crafts can be linked with painting activities for kids or as simple as gluing googly eyes on a heart. Remember, we aren’t looking to win any awards for perfection. Instead, it is more about the process your child experiences and the easy ideas so they have a great time. Here are adorable crafts and creative ways to celebrate February 14th.
Best Friend Clay Necklaces
Art projects make the best Valentine’s activities! These make a great gift for friends.
This Valentine’s craft is a show-stopper! Young children practice gluing and sequence as they create.
Little fingers will have a good time covering this canvas with paint.
Decorate your house for Valentine’s Day with these windsock. Add pipe cleaners, tissue paper, or colorful heart stickers to decorate.
Pebble Love Bugs
Look how sweet these pebble-love bugs are! It is a craft for the whole family to make together.
Heart Sponge Painting
If you don’t like to bring out too many paint colors, this is your Valentine’s art activity dream come true.
Salt Dough Hearts
Yes, please! These heart-shaped objects can be worn as necklaces or used to decorate the table.
This is the perfect solution to the broken crayons rolling around your junk drawer or art cart.
My boys live for Lego, and this will make the perfect Valentine’s Day cards.
Sweet Treats to Celebrate Valentine’s with Kids
- Conversation Heart Marshmallow Pops – The Soccer Mom
- Gluten-Free Strawberry Cupcakes – The Soccer Mom
- Heart-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats – Pint-Sized Treasures
- Oreo Pops – Happiness is Homemade
- ‘Queen of Hearts’ Homemade Pop-Tarts – The Soccer Mom
- Stained Glass Heart Cookies – The Soccer Mom
- Treat Boxes – Artsy Fartsy Mama
- Walk-up Pancake Party (Peanut Free) – Days with Grey
- Velvety Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies – The Soccer Mom
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24 low-prep activities and relatable conversation starters that equip kids for life.
- Order the easy-to-follow activity cards.
- Build the foundation for social-emotional learning.
- Notice a shift in self-confidence and self-regulation as you and your child implement what you practice.
What can kids do on Valentine’s Day?
Think back to 1989. Do you remember what you did for Valentine’s Day? How about Valentine’s Day in 1992?
Do you remember a lavish party with a balloon arch and a new 14k necklace? I will assume (correct me if I am wrong) that you think back and smile at the cut-out hearts, a glitter mess, and at least one of the messages from your candy heart collection. You may even remember a specific Valentine popped out of a sheet with 14, just like it from someone you had eyes on.
What am I getting at here? Valentine’s Day is a fun, no-pressure holiday to show our preschoolers and toddlers we are thinking of them. This simple list of activities for kids keeps things as light as 1989 and special for 2023. Your child will have so much fun with this list of ideas.
Holiday activities don’t have to be complicated. Have a make-your-own pizza station, create a fort to read Valentine’s Day books, turn the kitchen table into a Valentine’s crafting station, cut out hearts, and write sweet messages for your kids to wake up to on their bedroom door.
This rainbow Valentine’s heart craft was a huge hit with all three of my preschoolers. Supplies needed are construction paper, gluesticks, and scissors.
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