7 Montessori Valentine's Day Activities - The Montessori Room
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by Laura Berthiaume February 05, 2022 4 min read

Let us know if your child really enjoys any of them! You can share with us at @TheMontessoriRoom on IG or send us an email at contact@themontessoriroom.com.

Remember, there's no need to create a Pinterest-worthy setup. You can keep it as simple and use whatever you have 

Infant Activities

Valentine’s Shaker (4-12 months)

  • Empty bottle - travel-sized cream containers are great for small hands 
  • Small hearts - cinnamon heart candies or red, pink and white beads

Instructions: 

  1. Fill a small container with any kind of bead or candy.
  2. Tape the lid shut so there's no way it will open.
  3. Shake for your child and then give them a chance to shake.
  4. You can also roll it on the ground to encourage movement. 

This is a great activity to:

  • Develop and strengthen fine motor skills
  • Develops the auditory sense 
  • Explore cause and effect 

 Valentine's Day Montessori Activities

Exploring a Heart (8-18 months)

Materials:

  • Heart-shaped box or a Heart-shaped cookie tin
  • Any empty box of chocolates would work too! 
Instructions: 
  1. Give your child a heart-shaped box to explore and develop their hand-eye coordination. If using a cookie tin, open the lid a little bit so that your child will be able to remove it with some movement.  
  2. You can also play with your child! Sit with them and open and close the box. You could even place a toy inside to “discover” when the lid opens.  
Valentine's Day Montessori Activities

Heart Stamping (12 months+)

Materials:

  • Empty toilet paper or paper towel roll
  • Elastic
  • Tempera Paint

Instructions: 

  1. Bend the paper roll into a heart shape and wrap the elastic around the heart so that it will stay in place. The advantage to using the tubes is they are easy for small hands to hold on to and can be held further away from the paint. For an older child, you could also use heart-shaped cookie cutters for this activity. 
  2. Prepare some washable paints and demonstrate how to stamp the paint and then make a print on the paper.  

This is a great activity to:

  • Develop creative expression while strengthening fine motor skills.
Valentine's Day Montessori Activities

Toddler Activities

Heart Collage 

Materials:

  • Glue 
  • Small paper hearts 
  • Heart template 

Instructions:

  1. Cut out some hearts using construction or tissue paper and put them in a small dish. 
  2. Draw a heart on a blank piece of paper. 
  3. Demonstrate how to glue the hearts inside the heart template. Follow the child’s lead. There's no need to intervene or have them do it a certain way!  
  4. This activity could also be done without glue by using contact paper. Do it on a larger scale and strengthen the core by putting the contact paper on the wall and do the activity standing up.
This is a great activity to:
  • Develop and strengthen fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and creative expression.
Valentine's Day Montessori Activities

Valentine’s Day Playdough

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Make the playdough following the instructions linked above.
  2. Set out small bowls of loose parts and cupcake liners or a heart shaped cookie cutter so your child can "make" Valentine's cupcakes or cookies. 

This is a great activity to:

  • Strengthen fine motor skills while engaging in sensorial exploration.

Find the Hearts

Materials:

  • Construction Paper 
  • Scissors 

Instructions:

  1. Prepare for this activity when your child is not in the room. Cut hearts out of construction paper and hide them around the room/house. 
  2. Develop gross motor skills while playing a game where your child is invited the find the hearts around the room. 
  3. Add a basket to put the hearts in once they are found or simply encourage your child to point to the hearts once they’ve found them. 
  4. Once your child has found all the hearts, count them! You can write numbers on them if your child is practicing number recognition or just leave them blank. 
  5. If your child is interested, invite them to now hide all the hearts for you to find. If you have heart-shaped boxes or objects, you can hide those instead of paper.   

This is a great activity to:

  • Develop gross motor skills and numeracy.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Make Valentine's coloured rice following the instructions linked above.
  2. Put the rice in a large tupperware or casserole dish. 
  3. Put scoops, bowls, and loose parts on top of rice. 
  4. Some parents find it helpful to put the setup AND their child into a big "under the bed" storage container to contain the mess.
  5. You can also use the "search and find" hearts from the activity above or make new hearts, each with a letter in your child's name. Encourage them to find all the letters in their name and arrange them in order. 

This is a great activity to:

  • Strengthen fine motor skills while engaging in sensorial exploration.

Happy Valentine's Day!


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