Valentine’s Tree for Toddlers

For this post, I dug really deep into my photo archives 😉 E and I made this Valentine’s tree five years ago, when she was only a little over two years old! It was a nice little Valentine’s activity, though, and I didn’t want you to miss out on reading about it.

It was such a simple activity, but I really liked it as a quick Valentine’s Day decoration that came with lots of great fine motor practice! It’s just perfect for toddlers!

 

Super simple Valentine's Tree for toddlers - great fine motor practice, and it looks so pretty!

(E was 2 years and 3 months old.)

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Materials for a Valentine’s tree:

  • Construction paper in Valentine’s colors – we used red and purple.
  • Ribbon.
  • Hole punch.
  • Twig.
  • Flower pot or similar to hold the twig.
  • Towel.

 

I cut a bunch of hearts from construction paper. You could color and/or write on the hearts before hanging them up but we went for simplicity and left them blank.

Of course, E also wanted (and got!) her chance at cutting out “hearts” 🙂

 

Super simple Valentine's Tree for toddlers - great fine motor practice, and it looks so pretty!

 

I then punched a hole in the top of each heart, and E threaded the ribbon through. When she was done, she handed the hearts back to me to make a knot.

 

Super simple Valentine's Tree for toddlers - great fine motor practice, and it looks so pretty!

 

I “planted” the twig in a cachepot with the help of a small towel. I simply wrapped the towel around the base of the twig, and it did a great job holding it in place.

 

Super simple Valentine's Tree for toddlers - great fine motor practice, and it looks so pretty!

 

After that, I just stepped back and let E decorate the Valentine’s tree however she wanted.

 

Super simple Valentine's Tree for toddlers - great fine motor practice, and it looks so pretty!

 

Super simple Valentine's Tree for toddlers - great fine motor practice, and it looks so pretty!

 

Super simple Valentine's Tree for toddlers - great fine motor practice, and it looks so pretty!

 

Super simple Valentine's Tree for toddlers - great fine motor practice, and it looks so pretty!

 

She decorated and redecorated several times, and in the end, took it all off again before I was able to take a picture 😉

 

Have you made a Valentine’s tree before? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

 

Do you have toddlers who love matching? I have a book of matching games for them!

In my book Match This! Matching Games for Toddlers, I share 30 different matching games that are perfect for toddlers with a limited number of matches (you can mix and match different sets for a greater challenge) and large cards that are easy to pick up and hold. I’ve included instructions for playing memory and matching games at all skill levels and how to extend the activity with other learning objectives for older kids.

All of the matching games for toddlers you could ever want: matching numbers, words, shapes, colors with fun themes like firefighters, cowboys and cowgirls, construction vehicles, tools, ocean creatures, cars, bees, community helpers, and more! This Match This! Toddler Matching Games Ebook contains 30 different matching games that you can mix and match and extend at any time.

 

Looking for more simple Valentine’s activities for toddlers and preschoolers? Check out these!

Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Hearts Sensory Play

Hearts Fine Motor Practice

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Heart

Valentine’s Treasure Ice Sculpture

Valentine’s Salt Writing Tray by Life Over Cs

Simple Heart Craft for Toddlers by No Time for Flash Cards

 

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