How to keep a Toddler busy... Valentine's Day edition!
Since we were getting a little stir crazy from being stuck in the house this cold and snowy winter, I tried to come up with some fun Valentine's Day theme activities to keep my little guy busy.
One day, we used "Baggie Painting" to paint Valentine's for some family. Baggie painting is a pretty simple concept. Just add a piece of card stock and paint to a ziplock baggie, zip it up, and let your little one go to town! This is perfect for little ones that like to taste everything (like my little guy) or for older kids with sensory issues, or when you just don't want them to get messy!
Little Guy's Valentine's Day Masterpieces!
Foam Heart Fine Motor Activity
I found glitter heart shape foamy stickers from Hobby Lobby and gave them to Little Guy to explore. I also provided him with an empty Voss water bottle and showed him how to put the hearts into the bottle. This kept him busy for so long! He loved putting the hearts into the bottle (and also the cap) and bumping them out.
Gizmo wanted to play too!
This was another really easy idea featuring the Voss water bottle, lol! I have a small stash of these that I just pull out when we need one.
I used Valentine's Day theme confetti (found on sale, at Hobby Lobby). I let Little Guy put the confetti into the bottle and then filled it up with water. He enjoyed shaking the bottle to watching the confetti move around, he kept trying to get me to open it so he good add more confetti. I gave him another empty water bottle and let him add all the confetti he wanted.
Our last (and messiest!) Valentine's Day activity, Edible Cloud Dough!
I used the recipe for Toddler Safe Cloud Dough from Kids Activity Blog but I substituted the non-toxic paint powder for some red fruit juice. I would have used a bit of food coloring, but I didn't have any in the house.
I provided heart shaped cookie cutters and measuring spoons and cups for Little Guy to explore. He liked to use the spoon to scoop the mixture into the cookie cutters.
For more edible sensory ideas, check out my Baby ~ Play/Toys Pinterest board