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9 Valentine’s Day Sensory and Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers

Today, I want to share 9 Valentine’s Day sensory activities that my toddler son and I did two years ago.

Most of these activities are sensory with the means of encouraging exploration. Furthermore, many of them also will work your child’s fine motor skills. 

We did play around with a few craft-like activities. However, I believe in children executing their creativity in an open-ended artistic setting, so many of these activities might not be as Pinterest-worthy as other Valentine’s Day activities for toddlers.

If you do not find an activity for your child in this post, you can check out some other Valentine’s Day posts below:

1. Learning about the colors of Valentine’s Day

We started working on colors a few weeks ago, so I thought it would be fun to talk about Valentine’s Day colors: pink and red. We went on a scavenger hunt throughout the house, and I asked Lennox to help me grab as many pink and red items as he could find.

He then has some free-range loose parts play with all of the random artifacts. Loose parts play is one of his favorites!

Related: 20 Color Learning Activities for Preschoolers

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

2. Color Sorting

With these pink and red artifacts, I had Lennox sort the items into different categories. This was tricky for Lennox since pink and red are very similar but he enjoyed playing with items he cannot normally play with.

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

One of the pink items we found were pink streamers from our gender reveal party. Lennox had so much fun throwing the streamers into the air, tearing them apart and taking them all throughout the house. I had a blast finding the streamers all over the house the following days.

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

3. Sticker Station

Lennox loves stickers. They are a great resource to practice fine motor skills. 

Even though his little fingers still struggle with the stickers, he is getting better at picking them up the more we practice.

For this activity, I set up a sticker station, and he practiced transferring the stickers to a piece of paper. 

He got a giggle out of sticking them all over himself and me!

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

4. Sticky Note Heart

When Lennox was napping, I made a sticky note heart on the wall. He had a blast using his fine motor skills to take the sticky notes down and go to town with throwing them all over the place.

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

5. Fill in the hearts

I drew some hearts on blank paper and showed Lennox how to fill them in. His little hands worked hard to try to get color inside the heart.

This is a super easy, and fun activity that will introduce your toddler to holding a writing utensil. We used Crayola markers, but you can also use crayons, or paint sticks as well!

Related: The Best Art and Craft Gift Ideas for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

6. Purple & Pink Hand Stamps

I went into this activity with big ideas to create cute little Valentine’s hand and foot crafts. Well, it didn’t go as planned. Lennox started screaming bloody murder when I tried to paint his feet, so I stopped because I didn’t want to traumatize him.

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

He did have a blast playing in the Crayola washable paint and having some sensory exploration. It’s washable, so DON’T WORRY.

Before beginning this project, I would suggest putting an old blanket or vinyl table cloth down to protect your surfaces!

7. Toilet-Paper-Hearts

I realized that the crafts that I had in mind for Lennox were not working out to my imagination, so we invited his older toddler cousin, Miles, to help us out.

Lennox loved watching Miles execute the crafts, and he helped out a little bit as well. The first one they did together was toilet-paper-hearts.

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

We took the toilet paper roll and formed one part of it into the shape of a heart. Then dipped it into the paint and transferred the shape of the heart to paper. Miles continued to add items to his artwork, and it came out surprisingly good.

8. Heart Caterpillars

This activity was fun for both Lennox and Miles. Miles helped cut out hearts from light-pink and dark-pink card-stock paper. He then helped Lennox alternate the colors to form a caterpillar, one of Lennox’s favorite insect. With heart stickers, he made a face on the head of the heart caterpillar.

Valentine's Day Sensory Activities for Toddlers

9. Heart Wreaths

This activity was all Miles. He took some cardboard and glued hearts around it, and decorated it. It was quite creative. Lennox loved playing with all the craft materials and pretending to help Miles.

Related: Mosaic Heart Chalk Activity for Preschoolers

We hope you enjoyed our Valentine’s Day Sensoryl Craft and Activities session. We are always doing fun activities. Follow us on social media to see more of what we do!

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Friday 8th of February 2019

These are really fun ideas! I wish my boy was older so we could do things like this. But nope, he just cries and I hold him haha. #babylife

Laurin Ruprecht

Friday 8th of February 2019

Aw poor thing you. My toddler still cries all the time as well. That's why I have to stimulate him every second.

The Sunny Side of Something

Friday 8th of February 2019

What a sweet little one! Love the color sorting activity. Great idea! 💕

Laurin Ruprecht

Friday 8th of February 2019

Thank you so much. We had a lot of fun sorting =)


Friday 8th of February 2019

He looks like he had a blast! I have an 18-month-old, and yes, it does get messy. When I tried having her paint Valentine's Day cards with her brother, she kept on trying to eat the paint. Why, child?

Laurin Ruprecht

Friday 8th of February 2019

Oh my goodness! My son still puts everything in his mouth. I thought they were supposed to stop that by now!

Julia from Balancing Bravely

Friday 8th of February 2019

Streamers - what a great idea. My 2 year old would just love those!

Laurin Ruprecht

Friday 8th of February 2019

They are amazing and extremely stimulating, and VERY VERY messy =)

Amanda Yorton

Thursday 7th of February 2019

I love these ideas! I think I may have to try some of them today since we have yet another snow day!

Laurin Ruprecht

Friday 8th of February 2019

Yes. These are perfect snow day activities! Good luck.