E is 24 months, C is 22 months, and B is 4 years
Arts and Crafts
Both E and C are into identifying shapes right now so I thought this craft would be a fun way to build on their interest. I cut a bunch of shapes out of construction paper and the kids pasted them on their paper to create a train. We labeled the shapes together and I encouraged the kids to think about what shapes resemble the different parts of a train.
Valentine Play Dough
Play dough was definitely the activity of the week here. E and C spent nearly an hour playing with regular play dough so I though it would be fun to make some homemade valentine play dough with E on Wednesday. We made sparkly red cinnamon play dough and The Imagination Tree's chocolate play dough. E has spent nearly every waking hour at home playing with this!!!
Secret Message Watercolors
I wrote secret valentine messages in white crayons for the kids to reveal as they painted. They stuck heart stickers on their papers (which I intended to have them remove afterward for a relief effect, but it didn't work well so we left them on) and then used watercolors to paint their paper. Again, I forgot to bring watercolor paper so we had some rippage and I should have mixed the colors to be darker but the kids had fun none the less.
|I Love You|
|You Are Sweet|
|You Are Special|
Heart Stamping Valentine Cards
I saw this cute and simple idea on Prudent Baby the other day and had to give it a try for ourselves. It was an excellent project all around. The kids loved it, I loved it, it was very low mess, and it resulted in a really cute project that we can send as valentine cards!
No Time For Flash Cards has a ton of great gross motor activities for toddlers and this one just happens to be perfect for valentines day! On foam hearts I wrote out a variety of physical tasks and laid them out on the floor in a circle. We danced/ walked around the circle to music and when the music stopped we each did what was on the heart we were standing on. It was a great way to burn off some energy, work on gross motor skills, and also self control (stopping our bodies when the music stopped ) and following directions! B LOVED this activity!!! E had fun too, participating on and off throughout the course of the game. C participated for a short time but mainly wanted to carry the hearts in his mouth like a kitty. It is fun and interesting to see the difference in ages.
|balancing on one foot|
|E's high kick|
|B's high kick|
Letter T Train Track
To help the little ones recognize the letter T, I taped out a train track in the shape of a T on the floor for them to play with. They had fun with this for a short while but it wasn't as big of a hit as I had hoped. Oh Well...
To see how other tots are playing, check out Tot School on 1+1+1=1