Valentine activity

For Kids the Best Valentine is Together Play Time

To a child, love is spelled T.I.M. E. For kids, the best valentine is together play time. Today’s play-of-the-day is suggestions for doing just that.

best valentine is together play time

At the very start of the day, even before breakfast, how about a pajama snuggle. If the day isn’t too rushed, instead of a bedtime story, find a favorite book for a wake-up story. Once in the kitchen, is there a way to do some cooking together? Kids can sprinkle a few red berries on cereal for everyone, or make a yogurt and granola surprise to put on the breakfast table.

best valentine is together play time

Find all the red tools to draw with. These can be crayons, markers, ballpoint pens, pencil crayons, and whatever else you may have. Set out a big piece of paper and let each person draw and color. Even if everybody is doing something different, the various red colors will show up all over the paper and it will look connected.

drawing fun for kids

Dress for the weather and spend some time outside. This could be as simple as a walk, or some time in a neighborhood playground or kicking a ball in the yard. A local park is another possibility for some outside together play time.

family walk around the block

Got any puzzles with lots of pieces? Putting a puzzle together is another together activity. If there isn’t enough room for everybody around the table, spread the pieces and the bodies out on the floor for more space.

puzzle fun

Speaking of the floor, can you push some of the furniture out of the way and clear a space for dancing? Maybe each person could choose a favorite song to dance to. Try a dance moves video for more movin’ and groovin’ play. Add voices to the fun by singing too.

dancing&learningThese are only a few suggestions for ways to play. Hopefully, they will inspire some ideas for your family. The best valentine is together play time. Do you know some other activities?
Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Kids Nutritious Valentine Chocolate Treats – Yummy and Sensory

When it comes to treats, chocolate often tops the list. Would these kids nutritious valentine chocolate treats appeal to anyone at your house?

Girl Enjoying Chocolate Milk

Food appeals to kids for more than taste. They also like the way food feels and we’ve all seen little ones get hands-on and in with what they are eating. A smoothie not only goes down smooth, hands get to make it that way. **Before peeling a banana, let your little one roll and squeeze it. They can’t do it too hard or the banana will split open, but they should be able to start making the banana mushy. Open it into a big measuring cup and continue smooshing. We added a bit of chocolate milk and some yogurt and stirred that in too. A quick whip with the hand blender made it creamy and smooth. This is easy to adapt if your child has any food sensitivity issues. The banana adds the sweetness and smoothness to practically any liquid.

kids nutritious chocolate treat

As well as to the senses of taste and touch, food includes the sense of sight. Kids respond to the colors and shapes of food. Let kids pick out three or four, or even more, of their favorite fruits. Besides bananas, strawberries, apples, oranges, and grapes go with chocolate. Kids can help with the preparation. Wash the fruits and slice into pieces. With a plastic picnic knife, kids can slice the bananas and grapes. Bigger hands might need to do the apples and grapes. Use some chocolate milk or melted chocolate with some yogurt to make a dip. With fingers or forks kids dip the fruit pieces into the chocolate ‘mud’. Despite the name, it’s yummy.

kids valentine chocolate treat

Kids like to help and involving them in the kitchen encourages a healthy relationship to food. They are also very sensory and hands-on. These kids nutritious valentine chocolate treats definitely include the senses and hands. What treats do you and your child make for Valentine’s Day?

 

Kids Valentine Movement Activities – Kids Love to Move!

Q. What do kids love? A. They love to move.
valentine movement gameIt’s needed to grow both bodies and minds. Here are some ideas for kids valentine movement activities.

Kids seem to have more energy than grownups and directing it can be a challenge. This is a sort of question and answer game using all the different ways that animals move.. Adults ask the question, and kids do the actions.

Q. What do kangaroos love? A. They love to jump.
Kids get to jump all around. When they’ve had enough jumping, ask some other questions.

Q. What do fish love? A. They love to swim.
Of course, kids can wiggle around the floor as they swim.

Q. What do bunnies love? A. They love hopping.
Hop, hop, hop, little bunnies.

Q. What do birds love? A. They love to fly around.
Q. What do horses love? A. They love to gallop.

This next one is really useful:
Q. What do dogs love? A. They love to fetch.
Open the lid to the toybox and have the kids ‘fetch’ the toys on the floor.

If it seems time for a quiet break, try cats:
Q. What do cats love? A. They love to sit and lick their paws and then stretch out and have a nap, zzzzz.

Instead of just animals, use machines for turning chores into fun.

Q. What do vacuums love? A. They love to vacuum the floor.

Q. What do washing machines love. A. They love to clean dirty clothes.
Round up the laundry and pop it in.

Q. What do sinks and dishwashers love? A. They love soapy water to do the dishes.

Q. What do ovens love? A. They love to bake a batch of cookies.

This is the best one and you can use it often: Q. What do I love? A. HUGS. Lots and lots of hugs!

Q. Are these kids valentine movement activities fun for you and your child?

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Learn and Play!

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Valentine Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Treat

Could the real reason why the chicken crossed the road be because she saw a sign that said chocolate? For Valentine’s, treats can be sweet and healthy at the same time. Plus, when kids help in the kitchen they are having fun and learning some important kindergarten readiness and life skills. This chocolate smoothie is … Continue reading Valentine Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Treat

Valentine Heart Art for Fun and Learning

Q. What did the painter’s valentine say? A. I love you with all my art. Painting is today’s play-of-the-day for some kindergarten readiness and Valentine fun and learning. Kids can paint with anything: brushes, hands, feet, fingers, marbles, wheeled toys, q-tips, rollers, dabbers, and salad spinners. Paint can be practically anything too: food coloring, water … Continue reading Valentine Heart Art for Fun and Learning

Cute Valentine Monster Cards

The weekend before Valentine’s Day many young children will be printing their name on Valentine cards to exchange with friends at daycare or preschool. Doing cards helps with kindergarten readiness skills such as practicing writing names, using writing tools, the names of letters, and more. Sometimes, kids write left to right but not always. Preschoolers … Continue reading Cute Valentine Monster Cards