Are you looking for fun ways to spend time with your toddler this Valentines day? Although it’s typically a holiday designed to celebrate love between couples, parents can also use this special day as a time to educate and bond with their children.
Whether you’re looking for craft ideas, games to play, or you just want to relax and bond with your toddler this Valentine’s Day, here, you’ll discover some of the best ideas you can try out.
1. Talk About Love
OK, so your toddler isn’t going to be able to understand a lot about love right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t educate them. Toddlers love to learn, so you can use Valentine’s Day as a chance to educate them about what the day means. You can also use it to explain more about friendship.
Start by sitting down and talking about what Valentine’s Day is and why it is celebrated. Then, you can move on to talking about the different types of love. Explain friendship, love between family and the difference between the two. You can then move on to explaining how you can show love, especially to friends and family.
Educating your toddler on the concept of love is a great way to start your Valentine’s Day together.
2. Valentines Play-Doh Station
Which toddler doesn’t love Play-Doh? This fun, simple idea is guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours. You can either create your own Play-Doh, or buy it ready-made in red, white and pink colors. If you’re interested in trying to make your own, you can find an awesome recipe here.
As well as the Play-Doh itself, you’ll need some Valentine’s Day inspired cookie cutters. You can also give your little one a small toddler-friendly rolling pin so they can roll out the Play-Doh (you’ll be surprised by how much they actually enjoy this).
3. Pampering Sessions
Valentine’s Day should be all about pampering and relaxing. However, that’s not exactly easy when you have a toddler! So, why not get them involved in the pamper session too? Obviously, if you have a little boy, he may not be totally into the whole pampering idea, however you might just be surprised!
You can give your little one a mini pedicure and manicure. Little girls love nothing more than pretending to be grown up like mommy. Toddler-friendly nail polish will go down really well with your toddler and it’s something you can enjoy too. A mini pampering session provides an awesome bonding experience for you and your toddler and it will leave you feeling much more relaxed too.
4. Heart Sorting Game
Another educational idea is the heart sorting game. It’s one of the simplest ideas on the list and your toddler is guaranteed to love it. All you’ll need is a few shoeboxes (or any other suitable empty boxes you can find) and some colored card or tissue paper. You may also find heart shaped cookie cutters useful for drawing perfect shaped hearts.
Cut a variety of size hearts out and then get your toddler to sort them into specific categories. So, you could ask them to find pairs of the same size hearts, or the same color hearts. You could also use one box for each size heart and your toddler’s job is to match the size with the right box. This is an awesome way to teach your little one pre-math’s skills.
5. Enjoy A Special Meal Together
On Valentine’s Day, couples generally enjoy a nice romantic meal together. Well, why not start a tradition where you enjoy a nice special family meal? Your toddler could even help you prepare it, making it more likely they’ll eat it later on.
You could make it super-fun for your toddler by shaping some of the food into love heart shapes. If you’re not sure about getting them to help you make the main course, why not get them to help you with the dessert? Baking is always fun for toddlers and they’ll enjoy making Valentine’s Day inspired cakes with you.
6. Create Valentine’s Day Cards
Of course, one of the most popular Valentine’s Day activities is creating cards with your kids. Why not help your toddler make their own cards? This could be done before Valentine’s Day arrives, or you can make them on the day and then visit friends and family to give the cards out.
Your little one will be so proud that they managed to make a card and give it to friends or family.
7. Sing Songs Together
If you’re struggling to fill the day with activities, why not have a singing break? You could even break out into a little dance with your toddler if you want to ramp up the fun level! If you want to stick to a Valentine’s Day theme, sing love songs together. Your toddler will love a little sing-along session and it’s great for you too. Singing and dancing is a great way to get rid of stress and tension and it also provides an energy-boost when you most need it.
So, put a Valentine’s Day playlist together and enjoy singing along with your little one.
8. Valentine’s Day Discovery Box
Discovery boxes always go down a treat with toddlers and this Valentine’s day edition is going to be no exception. You basically fill a box with paper hearts, photos and silk flower petals.
Now, while filling the box with individual hearts, petals and photos is a good enough idea in itself, to make it even more exciting, why not add the photos to the back of some of the hearts? That way, you could ask your toddler to find the photos. You’ll need lots of paper hearts for this version, and some of them should be blank. This helps to build up your toddler’s concentration and they’ll feel a sense of achievement when they do find the photos. Just be careful not to provide too many empty hearts as this could actually frustrate your little one if they keep finding blank ones.
9. Enjoy A Valentine’s Photo Shoot
Capturing photos of your toddler is something you likely already do, but Valentine’s Day gives you the chance to make it extra-special. Why not dress up or create a Valentine’s Day themed backdrop for the photos?
Your toddler will love getting dressed up and you can save the photos forever. You could even turn it into an annual tradition and compare the photos each year to see how much your toddler has changed.
10. Do Something Nice For Somebody Else
Finally, what better way to celebrate the day of love than by doing something nice for somebody else? While kindness is something you’ll always want to teach your child, it doesn’t hurt to make specific days a time for giving.
You could teach your toddler the type of things you can do for others to show love. For example, you could visit their grandparents, help out a neighbor or get your toddler to give friends or family a gift. While toddlers aren’t always great at sharing, they do like to make others happy and it’s an excellent time to show them what it means to be kind.
The above are just 10 great ideas of fun things to do with your toddler this Valentine’s Day. There’s plenty there to keep you and your little one entertained all day. Have you got your own tips and ideas other parents may enjoy? Do us all a favor and share them below!