A pretty simple Valentine’s Day activity, that’s also a pretty decoration, that your toddler or preschooler can make for Valentine’s Day!
Paint one small tree branch. Stick branch in small pot. Decorate tree. Look at and smile.
I just cut a couple of branches off one of our trees (probably not ideal during blizzard conditions). I was planning on only doing one and for it to be white (I cut two just so Henry could have a choice in which one to do). But after we finished the first one, Henry wanted to paint the other one green. We used a sponge to paint them.
I put some Styrofoam peanuts in a small pot and topped it off with some flat clear marbles. Once the branches dried, I stuck them in.
I cut out some hearts out of construction paper and hole punched them. Threaded a thin ribbon through the hole (planned on Henry doing that part, but he lost interest at this point). Tied them together. Henry then hung them on the tree.
This would be good fine motor practice to have a preschooler thread the ribbon through the hole themselves and then you can knot it. Cutting out the hearts would also be a good chance for them to practice if they’re capable of cutting around a curve.
It wasn’t until today when Henry said “Its Valentine’s today!” that made me think we needed a countdown.
I used the hearts we made on the tree for this and wrote the numbers 1-14 on them. Everyday Henry will find the next number and take it off our tree and we’ll tie it to another ribbon so we’ll have a garland of hearts! The tree will also be undecorated on Valentine’s Day and ready to be decorated for Easter!
We ended up using our countdown hearts for a fun scavenger hunt too!
Check out all the Valentine’s Day Activities that include decorations, crafts and art projects we did this year!