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14+ Fun & Easy Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids & Toddlers

Valentine's Day Activities for Kids and Toddlers. 14+ Valentine's Day Activities. Valentine's Day Craft PRojects. Valentine's Day Crafts for Babies. Activities that teach meaning of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day Recipes. Homemade Gumdrop Recipe. How to make Crystals. Craft Projects for Kids. Valentine's ThemeValentine’s Day is such a great opportunity to teach our kids about kindness, caring for others, mindfulness and of course, love. When I think of Valentine’s Day I like to consider it an extension of Thanksgiving and being thankful or grateful to those who choose to love us. So, when I talk to my boys about Valentine’s Day, that is the approach I take. Be sure to follow all the Sweet & Sticky details on Instagram!

 

14+ Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids & Toddlers

I’ve compiled a great list of MORE than 14 great activities you can do with kids or even toddlers that are fun and easy. But, more importantly, these activities open the door to conversations you can have with your kids about what love means. Some are purely just for fun and you’ll have to work you conversation in, but others are really meaningful, as you’ll see.


Valentine's Day Activities for Kids and Toddlers. 14+ Valentine's Day Activities. Valentine's Day Craft PRojects. Valentine's Day Crafts for Babies. Activities that teach meaning of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day Recipes. Homemade Gumdrop Recipe. How to make Crystals. Craft Projects for Kids. Valentine's ThemeHow to Make Chocolate Play-Dough

Chocolate Play-Dough is a great way to sit down with your child and start a conversation about anything.

Heart Pies the Kids can Make

My boys absolutely love baking in the kitchen. When we bake these heart pies we talk about the ingredients and pretend each one stands for something special that we’re “filling our Hearts with” and then baking it all together into the goodness of our heart.

Heart Stamping with Pudding Paint

Toddlers want to talk about love too and hand stamping Valentine’s is a great way to do that. This post includes a recipe for Taste-Safe Pudding Paint too!

All the People I LOVE Discovery Box

This Discovery Box is still one of my all-time favorites and it is still hanging in our house 2 years later! This works on facial recognition of family members!

Inexpensive Ways to make your Toddler Feel Loved – Kingdom MamaValentine's Day Activities for Kids and Toddlers. 14+ Valentine's Day Activities. Valentine's Day Craft PRojects. Valentine's Day Crafts for Babies. Activities that teach meaning of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day Recipes. Homemade Gumdrop Recipe. How to make Crystals. Craft Projects for Kids. Valentine's Theme

I am such a fan of this post and how Sara makes her little ones feel loved. Valentine’s Day does not have to be expensive to be a great experience for everyone!

3 Games to play on a Valentine’s Day Coffee Date with your Toddler – Kingdom Mama {Free Printable!}

Another great idea from Sara is to take your little one out on a special coffee {or cocoa} date and do some one-on-one activities. You can even use up some of your Valentine’s day candy with her FREE Printable.

Valentine's Day Activities for Kids and Toddlers. 14+ Valentine's Day Activities. Valentine's Day Craft PRojects. Valentine's Day Crafts for Babies. Activities that teach meaning of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day Recipes. Homemade Gumdrop Recipe. How to make Crystals. Craft Projects for Kids. Valentine's ThemeHomemade Valentine Gumdrops– Thrifty Jinxy

More kitchen fun from Chrysa at Thrifty Jinxy. The kitchen really is where all the family time happens in our house and kids do love to get messy! These homemade gumdrops are only 4 ingredients and then kids can help.

Huggable Valentine Card– Ottawa Mommy Club

I love the idea of sending a big hug through the mail. If you have family who live far away this is the perfect activity to talk about them, but also include them in your Valentine’s Day fun. Plus, which kid doesn’t like giving or getting mail?!

Make your own Crystal Hearts– Ottawa Mommy Club

I confess, as soon as I saw this activity I had to do it myself. Cash is such a huge Science fan. He absolutely loved making crystals in the shape of hearts and then discussing ways to solve our buoyancy issues. Any activity that gives your child a chance to talk about something they’re passionate about is a great one in my opinion!

Valentine’s Paper Heart Frame – Momma Young at HomeValentine's Day Activities for Kids and Toddlers. 14+ Valentine's Day Activities. Valentine's Day Craft PRojects. Valentine's Day Crafts for Babies. Activities that teach meaning of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day Recipes. Homemade Gumdrop Recipe. How to make Crystals. Craft Projects for Kids. Valentine's Theme

Getting crafty might be your specialty, or better yet, it might be a fun thing for your kids to do! I know Wyatt loves it when I bring out the scissors. He’s game to cut up anything. #finemotorskills I love how this activity creates a decoration that you can admire year after year.

Sharpie Dot Heart Coffee Cups – Organized 31

I’m a fan of my seasonal coffee cups, I must admit. This activity from Susan is perfect for little hands and is pretty much fail-safe on the crafty factor. They’ll love watching mom or dad {or anyone} drinking out of their new gift in the morning! Conversation starter: What fills your cup with love?

Easy Valentine’s Traditions for Kids – Highlights Along the Way

Now this one from Kate melts my heart a little bit and it is so simple! But, it gets right down to the ultimate point about why we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Activities for Kids and Toddlers. 14+ Valentine's Day Activities. Valentine's Day Craft PRojects. Valentine's Day Crafts for Babies. Activities that teach meaning of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day Recipes. Homemade Gumdrop Recipe. How to make Crystals. Craft Projects for Kids. Valentine's Theme14 Valentine’s Activities for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers– Fueling Mamahood

My girl Lindsey has quite a few fun things to share with you on her blog. She is a fellow former teacher, so she and I get along swell! She’s written a whole post about the activities she has done with her twin girls. There is certainly something you’ll find over there that you’ll just have to do right away!


Have yourself a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank you so much for popping in on this post! I hope you found something Sweet and maybe even a little Sticky to try with your little ones. Please pin, share and follow where you can and we’ll see you next time on A Cotton Kandi Life 😉


Easy Reference- Full Post List

  1. How to Make Chocolate Play-Dough
  2. Heart Pies the Kids can Make
  3. Heart Stamping with Pudding Paint
  4. All the People I LOVE Discovery Box
  5. Inexpensive Ways to make your Toddler Feel Loved – Kingdom Mama
  6. 3 Games to play on a Valentine’s Day Coffee Date with your Toddler – Kingdom Mama {Free Printable!}
  7. Homemade Valentine Gumdrops– Thrifty Jinxy
  8. Huggable Valentine Card– Ottawa Mommy Club
  9. Make your own Crystal Hearts– Ottawa Mommy Club
  10. Valentine’s Paper Heart Frame – Momma Young at Home
  11. Sharpie Dot Heart Coffee Cups – Organized 31
  12. Easy Valentine’s Traditions for Kids – Highlights Along the Way
  13. 14 Valentine’s Activities for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers– Fueling Mamahood

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Wild One | How to Plan a Wild One First Birthday Party Theme

Wild One Party Theme. How to throw a Wild One Party theme. First Birthday PArty Themes, First Birthday Party Ideas. Cute First Birthday Party, Deer Baby Shower Theme, Baby Deer Party. Black and White Party Themes. Boho Party Themes. White Feathers, Boho Glitter Banners, Deer Cupcake Toppers, Deer Cake Toppers, Baby Deer Theme. Wild One Deer Theme. Antler Decorations. If you’re looking for an adorable theme for your baby’s First Birthday party, you’ve found it! The Wild One theme is so versatile and ever so true! We all know how crazy that first year with a newborn is and this theme can cover how you feel about the little bundle of joy or even the year in general.

Wild One First Birthday Party

The theme essentially showcases your baby’s personality and how he or she is totally awesome and even a little unpredictable. Most parents tend to lean towards the outdoorsy decorations and utilize the animal motifs to pull it all together. Some options include the ever popular deer and antlers. woodland animals with foxes and owls or even a little free spirit with the Aztec style.

Black & White Theme

For this party we went super simple and kept is black & white. This whole party was built and designed by my own Etsy Shop, The Vintage Event, and I’ll be linking you through to each piece so that you too can throw together the perfect theme!

How to Set it Up

Whenever you’re setting up a party with a theme, I rely heavily on a focal point display. {In real life I plan parties for my own company, Green-Eyed Girl Productions} I always go for a 6′ table dessert display when planning birthday parties because it is truly where everyone wants to look. With little kids, it’s all about the desserts and little touches that tie a theme together.

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Place your table against a wall. I love to create backdrops for my parties that pull the whole display up and make it bigger! For this Wild One party, we made the backdrop with three key banners that were essential. The top is our main focal banner which is the 11″ tall glitter letters spelling, WILD ONE. It establishes our theme to party guests from the very beginning.

Next, we made a classic, flag name banner in black and white. Who doesn’t love their name made in a banner? This banner listing is available in 70 different colors!

Finally, we got super cute and crafty with our sewn, Boho Arrow Banner that kicks our Wild One theme up a little by making it look a little tribal. The view of this banner tells your party guest it’s about to get even cuter as they approach the table!

What is the first thing you notice at a birthday party? The Dessert! Whenever there is a First Birthday Party I highly recommend a small presentation cake, maybe only a 6″ diameter for the little Wild One to smash in front of everyone. You then provide cupcakes for everyone else.

For this display I built is up with crates and cake plates to elevate everything as well as tie in the brown color with the craft paper boho banner and then the Deer Cupcake Toppers.

All the Details

My favorite part about throwing a party is planning all the tiny details that pull it all together. Now that you know how to set up your back wall, let’s cover the table surface.

Step 1: Get all those food items up off the table. Make them just under eye-level so that guests don’t have to bend down to get them.

Step 2: Sprinkle your Wild One theme everywhere! Start high and work your way down. The tallest piece of the table should be your presentation cake’s, Cake Topper.

Cake Topper: For this party, I did a black glitter Little Buck Cake Topper, but I also took pictures of the Black Glitter Antlers Cake Topper. I decided I liked the Little Buck Cake Topper Best. You can shop All Cake Toppers HERE.

Cupcake Toppers: This is where it gets fun! With the cupcakes, there are no limits. You can mix colors and flavors and still make it look amazing. Here we used an assortment of sizes and colors. What you see the most of are our Deer Antler Heads in White, but we also did Antler Cupcake Toppers in black glitter to match the Cake Topper. Next, we have the bigger, Stag Cupcake Toppers in Craft and Stag Cupcake Toppers in Black Glitter.

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Confetti: Finally, to cover the very last surface of the actual table we used confetti. {my favorite!} Continuing in Wild One and a little tribal flare we tossed out White Feather Confetti and Black Arrow Confetti. I love how the feathers pop off the black table runner and the arrow pop off the white cake plates! Then the easiest way to jazz up your table is with Sprinkle Confetti in your coordinating colors. Sprinkle some around the presentation cake and your Wild One theme is complete!

Shop this Party!

Thank you so much for stopping in on this Wild One Party Theme Post! Here is where you can find everything from The Vintage Event on Etsy:

WILD ONE Banner, 11″ Glitter Letters

Classic Name Banner

Boho Garland Banner

Little Buck Cake Topper- Glitter

Antlers Cake Topper- Glitter

Deer Head Cupcake Toppers- Cardstock

Deer Head Cupcake Toppers- Glitter

Stag Cupcake Toppers- Cardstock

Stag Cupcake Toppers- Glitter

Feather Confetti- Cardstock

Arrow Confetti- Glitter

Sprinkle Confetti- Glitter

*All other display props, cake plates, linens, milk glass, crates, etc are the property of Green-Eyed Girl Productions and can be rented to local clients in and around Salem, OR. But the Etsy Shop ships internationally. Woo Hoo!


 

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Legit Mother’s Day Gifts Toddlers Can Make

Legit Mother's Day Gifts that Toddlers can Make. Handmade, DIY Gifts for Mother's Day Toddler Gifts. DIY Toddler Projects. Gifts babies can make. Unique Mother's Day Gifts. Handmade Gift Ideas for Mother's DayMother’s Day is just around the corner and you know you need to make something special. You definitely want a gift with that sentimental touch of being handmade, but Mom’s babies are still only toddlers and they can’t do much. They can’t really write or much less spell, so how do you help them make a Mother’s Day Gift she’ll really love? Simple, you focus on what your beautiful babies can do, draw.

Legit Mother’s Day Gifts Toddlers Can Make

The internet is full of DIY Gifts that kids can make. Kids, who are crafty and can wield scissors. But there isn’t much out the for the babies past the Macaroni Necklace, and you already did that last year…. So here we go. Here are two simple, crafty gifts that your babies can give to Mom that she will really love and use.

Doodle Mom Mug

I know you’ve seen this project before with all the perfect little polka dots and drawn flowers, but babies can’t do that and this gift is from them. So, instead, for this handmade Mother’s Day Gift we go the doodle route.

All you Need

  1. Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pens {you should already have theses from the Snowman Mugs}
  2. Coffee Mug {buy in bulk at Dollar Tree too so all the Grandma’s and Aunts get one!}
  3. Alphabet Stickers
  4. Oven

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You put the stickers on to spell Mom or whichever grandma or loved-one you wish. Create a space where the kids can reach the pens but where you can also help them so that they do not drop and break the mugs. For this round, I let Wyatt doodle in one color and Cash in another. We make it University of Oregon colors. #GoDucks

Then when they finish their Doodle Masterpiece {they will be so proud of their handmade work it will melt your heart} carefully peel off the stickers. Preheat your oven to 300* and let them bake for 30 minutes on a cookie sheet. This process sets the oil based markers so that they won’t wash off.

Wrap it up and your sentimental, toddler-made Mother’s Day Gift is ready to go!


Doodle Name Tote

I really love this one and use mine regularly. There is a little bit more adult help and equipment to this Mother’s Day Gift, but it is an exceptionally good one! You’re actually turning your toddlers’ artwork into a gift for mom. How much more special can you get?

All you need

  1. Fabric Paper {you’ll need to make this ahead of time. See the Tutorial HERE}
  2. Fabric Pens
  3. Cricut Machine
  4. Iron
  5. Tote Bag

For this Mother’s Day Gift I used 2 colors of Fabric Paper, white which they doodled on and then a solid color as the shadow. After you make your Fabric Paper {learn how to do that HERE} have the babies draw all over it. I told them to cover as much of the white space as possible. I also removed the colors I didn’t want them to use which may make the drawing look mucky, like browns and grays.

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When they’re done drawing, cut the Fabric Paper to fit on your Cricut Cut Mat. Know my Cricut is 10 years old and they don’t sell this model anymore, although they should since this beauty is still going strong!! Find yourself a Cricut Machine HERE

Legit Mother's Day Gifts that Toddlers can Make. Handmade, DIY Gifts for Mother's Day Toddler Gifts. DIY Toddler Projects. Gifts babies can make. Unique Mother's Day Gifts. Handmade Gift Ideas for Mother's DayCut out your letters and then align them on your tote bag. Remove the lining on the back and press them on with your iron set to medium heat. For letters using a back color like mine shown, cut out another set using the SHADOW function on your Cricut. then first iron the Doodle letters onto the back color, then iron the back color/doodle combo onto the tote.

Mom is now ready to sport her new custom artwork tote bag!


 

 

 

 


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How to Make Fabric Paper for Iron-On Projects | Pin of the Week

How to Make Fabric Paper for Iron-On Projects. Fabric Letters. How to Cut out Fabric LettersAre you obsessed with your Cricut Machine as much as I am? I didn’t even know all the amazing things I could do with it…. I cut paper for a multitude of amazing reasons in my Etsy Shop, The Vintage Event. But I really started having fun when I realized I could cut fabric too. To do this, you must first turn it into Fabric Paper, which is actually very easy!

What is Fabric Paper?

Fabric, as we all know, is soft and can bunch up easily. If it doesn’t have a strong backing or is pulled taught all the way around it can easily bunch up, snag or even fray when running a blade across it. Fabric Paper solves that problem. It also eliminates the need to sew as it give the fabric an iron-on back side. More on that later.This technique is also how you would run fabric through your printer. All you really need to do

Why make Fabric Paper?

This technique is also how you would run fabric through your printer. But I most use it to cut out letters and then iron them onto another piece of fabric. Your crafting really takes on a new dimension when you can affix letters to surfaces without sewing!

How to Make Fabric Paper

The main ingredient is Heat Bond by the yard. This product is a roll of paper with double sided, heat activated adhesive.

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I use Fabric Quarters which I first iron out and then lay on top on the Heat Bond.
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Wrong side of Fabric to Sticky side of Heat Bond

Iron your whole piece of fabric on to the Heat Bond so that it is smooth with no wrinkles or bubbles.

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Then cut off your remaining Heat Bond and you have a large sheet of Fabric Paper!

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You can now cut your Fabric Paper into smaller sizes so that it fits through your printer or onto your Cricut Cutting Mat. I most often cut the Fabric Paper into letters and make my projects including this Fabric Letter Banner in my Etsy Shop.


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How to Make Chocolate Play-dough

How to make Chocolate Play-Dough. Chocolate Playdough Recipe. Valentines Sensory Play. Easter Basket Gift Idea. DIY Easter. Sensory PlayThere are all sorts of reasons you might need a Chocolate Play-dough recipe in your Mom Files. Play-dough itself is a super fun thing to play with and there are endless activities you can do with your Toddler. Today I’m sharing with you this easy peasy Chocolate Play-dough recipe because we are using it to learn about Teeth-Brushing! I know, sounds interesting right? You can check out that post soon enough! Let’s get to it….

Chocolate Play-Dough Recipe

What you need:

  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Hershey Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • Wax paper

Directions:

Boil your 2 Cups of water and then mix in your smallest portions first. So, work up the Ingredient List backward. I started doing it this way because if you start with the big ingredients first, it becomes difficult to mix in the smaller portions once the dough starts forming.

Once you have a clump, spoon it all out onto a piece of wax paper and separate it into smaller balls to cool. Once it becomes cool enough to handle start kneading it to further mix the ingredients but also to make it smooth.

Kids can help knead too!

Let the fun begin!

You can use Chocolate Play-dough for pretend play, Valentine’s gifts, Easter Baskets or even just for fun. I am a big fan of taste safe Sensory Play materials and although you probably shouldn’t eat it, all of the ingredients are edible. Let your Toddlers experience all of their senses, including a fantastic smell!

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