Valentine's Day Fine Motor Ideas
(Photo submitted by Shell)
Encourage the children to cut out heart shapes from
different colors and glue onto a larger heart shaped paper.
Cut a large red heart shape
from poster board. Punch holes around
the perimeter using a hole punch. Let
children lace yarn through holes.
Make several pairs of matching
hearts. Have children find the matching pairs.
Valentine Sticker Fun
Set out different "love" themed
stickers, for the children to stick onto a sheet of red, pink, or white paper.
Set out red, pink, and white
playdoh, along with "love" themed cookie cutters.
Valentine Bead Stringing
Put out heart shaped, red, pink
or other shaped/colored beads or macaroni.
Let the children make necklaces for
their "loved" ones (friends, family).
count the pre cut hearts from a basket
Laced with Love
Purchase large plastic sewing needles and sheets of plastic
canvas (available at most craft stores).
Cut an assortment
of heart shapes from each sheet of canvas; then snip off any
Place red, white, and pink yarn with the
canvas hearts and sewing needles. If desired, substitute
pipe cleaners for the yarn and needles. Invite each
child to cut a length of yarn; then help
him/her thread the end of
the yarn through the eye of the needle. Have him/her tie the other
end of the yarn to the canvas heart. Encourage the child to
lace the yarn around
the perimeter of the heart shape or to create
a yarn design of his/her own.
Give fingers a sweet workout with this finger-lickin' good
activity. To prepare, purchase a squeeze
strawberry syrup and a class supply of thick paper plates.
Encourage each child to
squeeze a thin layer of strawberry syrup
onto a plate. Have the children tilt their plates back and
forth to cover the bottom of the plate with a smooth layer of
syrup. Then encourage the children
to use their index
fingers to draw hearts in the syrup. If desired, provide
candy conversation hearts
with simple sentiments, such as "Be
Mine" or "I Love You." Invite each child to
copy the words
in their syrup. Remind children to tilt their
plates to spread the syrup into a smooth layer each
time they wish
to make new drawings or words. When they're finished with
invite them to lick their fingers clean.
Valentine Sensory Idea
Place red shredded paper or
pink/purple Easter grass in your
sensory table and hide hearts,
letters, etc; or place white
packing pieces and hide red objects, or cupids, etc; For an added
challenge, create a stack of numbered cards to keep near your
Have a child draw a card and then try to find
a corresponding number of hearts.
In advance, purchase a variety of inexpensive lace with larger
Place the lace at your play dough
area. Encourage the children to roll out the play dough,
press the lace into the dough, and then remove the lace.
Look at that.... a lace design in the dough!
Let each child make a valentine for
someone who lives in his or her house.
After placing the
valentines in separate envelopes, address them, and let the
children attach postage stamps. Then take the children on a
field trip to your
local post office to mail their
valentines. Arrange ahead of time for someone to guide
through the post office so that the children can see what happens
to letters after
they are dropped into the mail slot. Over
the next few days, have the
children watch for their valentines to
be delivered to their homes.
Mending Broken Hearts
Cut one heart shape for every two
children out of red poster board. Draw a jagged line down
of each heart and cut along the line to make two puzzle
pieces. (Make sure that the pieces of each
together differently.) Give each child a heart half.
Let the children search for the
matching halves of their hearts
and then fit them together. Congratulate each
children when they have successfully "mended their broken
Using clean styro foam
meat trays (donated from the grocery store), cut out different sized heart
one on each tray. You can put the
cut out hearts in a stencil box for the children to use in the art
Tape hearts or
themed cut-outs to the tracing table, and place paper over them,
to make heart rubbings. Hearts cut from plastic
margarine lids work best or from cardboard.
Fish For Hearts
Make a fishing poles from 1/2 inch
(1.3 cm) wooden dowel rods which can be purchased
at a hardware or craft store.
Cut a groove around one end of the dowel rod about one
inch (2.5 cm) from the
end. Tie a short length of yarn into the groove. Tie a small
onto the other end. Cut out three sizes of hearts, one each from red,
pink, and purple paper. Instruct child to fish for a certain size and
Cut a large heart
from red or pink poster board. Cut into several pieces, making a
Let your child use a plastic
knife to spread softened cream cheese on a piece of bread or a cracker.
him/her a half of a strawberry to place cut side down on top of the cheese,
helping the child to see how the strawberry half looks like a small heart.
Chocolate Play Dough
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 Tablespoon cream of Tartar
1/2 Tablespoon oil
1 1/2 cups water
Mix dry ingredients in a medium size saucepan. Add wet ingredients and stir
together over low heat
until a ball of dough forms. Remove play dough from the saucepan and knead
by hand until
dough is smooth and evenly colored. Store in an airtight container.
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