This year children all over are going to celebrating Valentine’s Day differently this year. Handing out Valentine’s Day cards, baking with their class, and spending time with friends won’t happen in the way they have in previous years. If you’re a parent with a child at home doing virtual learning, I hope this can provide you with fun and alternative ways to celebrate at home.
Even though my children are still young, every day during February, I am writing on red sticky notes all of the reasons why I love them so much. I also made a cute heart picture frame out of paper as Valentine’s present for their dad, and we are doing some pink yogurt finger painting on Valentine’s Day. In addition to these ideas, I will share ten different activities you can do with your preschooler or older to celebrate this year at home.
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Some of these activities are from my new Etsy shop, and it’s called PerfectSetPrintables. I will be creating fun and educational worksheets or booklets for children between the ages of 2.5 and 8, wall prints for your child’s room, word searches, and other fun skill-building activities. All content will be an instant download. If there is anything you’d like to see in the shop, please direct message me @perfect.set.printables on Instagram.
Word searches are such great activities for children, and they are filled with so many fun ways to learn and explore new skills. The best part about these digital prints is that you can use them all the time if you aminate them. Below I will list some of the skills your child will learn from word searches.
I suggest working with your child to help them learn different strategies to solve these types of puzzles. Some examples are; help them picking a word to look for, seek out the letters in the word, and practicing how to circle the word once they have found it. Make sure to celebrate their hard work and allow them to take the lead once they are ready. Word searches are a fantastic brain-boosting activity, and if you click here to learn more about the benefits for your child.
A fun and classic winter sensory activity for any age is painting the snow! You have this beautiful white blank canvas outside; why not use it? First, you’ll want to purchase or make sure you have spray bottles (pro tip buy bottles that are clear so your child can learn to identify their colours). You will also need food colouring to mix with water in the spray bottles. Then spray away!
This year for Brent’s Valentine’s Present from the girls, we created this super easy and adorable heart picture frames. I have included a picture for Mackenzie’s, a template you can download for free, and steps to help guide you through this craft. You can also get your child to decorate it with whatever they want, and you can use any colour paper so you can keep this template and use it repeatedly.
I spy games are fun and easy games that even young preschoolers (2.5 years old) can do. They will have to identify the image and then match, count, and circle the same pictures. After printing this worksheet, I highly suggest getting it laminated so your child can continue to practice several crucial skills with this activity.
Who doesn’t like a good scavenger hunt? Preschool children love doing scavenger hunts whether they are inside or outside. This one is centered on objects your child loves, colours, and family. This can be a game with the whole household or just a fun afternoon activity. Below is a free downloadable link where you can access your copy.
One of the things I look most forward to for Valentine’s Day is baking, and this year I have found some great recipes. I wanted to share two of them with you because some families and children have more restrictions, and one recipe has fantastic tips on including your children in the baking process. Both of these beautiful recipes are from wallflowerkitchen.com (IG @wallflowerkitchen) and www.3scoopsofsugar.com (IG @3scoopssugar).
I created this fun and free downloadable bingo for you and your older toddler/ young preschool to play. It only has 8 images that they will need to recognize and match with their bingo cards. I also included dots so everyone can keep track of all the matching images. Read the steps below.
This is a perfect matching game for any preschool-aged child or older who is starting to learn the letters in the alphabet. This is a fun matching game where your child will have to fix all the broken hearts. They will do this by matching all of the upper and lower case letters together again. Each heart has a unique way of connecting, which will help your child identify when they are correct.
A great way to always get in the spirt of any holiday or special event is by books. During Valentine’s Day you can also have great conversations about being kind to other, different families, what is love, and so much more. I am going to share 5 books that are perfect for your preschooler.
Since some of your children may not be able to hand out all of their classmate’s Valentine’s Day cards this year, I created a nice and simple digital card that you can download and send via email. You can also use it to send to family and friends that you haven’t been able to spend time with or see this year or even last year. Hopefully, it will brighten their day and show that you are thinking about them.
Like last year, many events that would generally include family and friends haven’t, and we are all still learning how to adapt and make holidays and celebrations special in different ways. I hope that these activities will help you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children and even your families.
My answer: I am baking cookies and doing a fun sensory activity with the girls.
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