Hazel-Ann: Toddler Activities for Valentine’s Day

Everywhere we look right now it’s adverts for flowers, chocolates, jewellery … Yup – Valentine’s Day is this weekend!
I help run a toddler group & next week we are planning a valentines theme, so here are some of my plans for that session.
•Messy Play•
Valentine’s Soup
-red food colouring
-red & pink small objects
-kitchen utensils
Lay towels down on the floor in the area you’ve chosen. Fill a tray with water & add food colouring to get your desired shade of pink. Add your objects.
It’s best if you just strip children down to minimal clothing. They can wear aprons too if they want, but younger babies will just want to splash around!
This is great for all ages, who doesn’t love splashing in pink water ??
Of course we could make cards … But maybe a nice picture for the whole family would be more sweet.
If you have a lot of young toddlers to amuse, this one is super simple.
-square plain paper
-small tissue squares (pinks & reds)
Draw hearts onto the paper, glue inside the heart.
Add the tissue paper squares. Add more glue to the outline and add glitter. Depending on age of children, they can do more or less of this independently. Younger babies can still manage to stick some tissue on after mama has done some gluing !
-baking soda
-red fruits (thinking apples, strawberries & raspberries)
My waffle iron makes two waffles at a time that come out in heart shaped segments.
I made the batter ahead of time and then cooked the waffles up at snack time. Older children might want to help make the mix 🙂
I use a very simple waffle recipe:
  • 250g All purpose
  • 1tsp Baking powder
  • 2tbsp Caster sugar
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 475ml Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 30ml Vegetable oil
  • Mix the wet and dry in separate bowls, then slowly add wet to dry, whisking. Leave to stand for a while (you can make it ahead of time like I plan to) . Then ladle 3/4 cup of mixture onto your oiled waffle iron.
You can serve whatever you want with your waffles but I’m sticking to the red theme!
There are countless ideas out there, these are a few I have chosen to try , I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day , whatever your own traditions are.
Hazel-Ann Xx

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