What are the best easy Valentine's Day activities for kids? Inside this post we're sharing 30+ ideas that will be a hit with toddlers and preschoolers!
How can I make Valentine's Day fun for kids?
I love to host Valentine's Day parties and themed playdates for my kids! I always find myself scouring my own blog and the internet the night before trying to find super easy activities that I would actually do that don't take too much time to pull together.
I put this list together for you so that you can stop scrolling and have a quick list to pull from! These are do-able Valentine's activity ideas that kids will love.
My favorite types of easy Valentine's Day activities for kids are simple heart activities, movement activities, and yummy snacks.
I am always finding more ideas, so I called this post 30 + (PLUS) Valentine's Day activities since I might throw some extras in here as I continue diving into some of my favorite blogs.
RELATED: Need more ideas for toddlers or preschoolers? Check out these 25 quick easy toddler activities!
The best part about this list is that it's organized by activity type. This way you can pick one or two activities from each category and BAM, you've got a fun day planned!
What's type of Valentine's activities are included?
Here's what's included in this list of easy Valentine's Day Activities:
- Sensory Play ideas
- Arts and Crafts
- Science ideas
- Motor Skills activities
Guess what else? I am putting an asterisk next to the non-messy activities... for those that aren't into messy stuff.
All of the snacktivities have the possibility of kids getting messy, depending on your kid. By messy, I mean that your kids might need a bath afterwards or you'll probably need to mop if you aren't doing the activity outside. 😉 I love those sort of activities though, since with a bath added in, they take double the time. Win, win!
Although these activities say they are for toddlers, all four of my kids (even my big kids) have fun with these! I hope YOU have a blast with them too!
Sensory play activities introduce kids to all sorts of textures and materials! Kids use their five senses to explore the activities.
Conversation heart Squish Bag- Fantastic Fun & Learning*
Valentine's Day Slime- Little Bins for Little Hands
Heart Breakers- Lalymom
Excavating Hearts Construction Play- Munchkins & Moms
Sticky Heart Collage- Growing a Jeweled Rose*
Touch and Feel Hearts- Simple Play Ideas*
Valentine's Day Edible Playdough- Inspiration Laboratories
Valentine's Day Soup- Fun at Home with Kids
Valentine's Day Sensory Bin- Happy Toddler Playtime
Find the Hidden Hearts Cloud Dough- Days with Grey
Valentine's Day Rice Sensory Bin- Days with Grey
Arts & Crafts
Arts and crafts get kids creating and using their imaginations! I love doing open-ended art activities with kids that give them free reign to use the materials in unique and fun ways.
Heart Art Symmetry Painting- The Artful Parent
Spin Art Suncatchers- Toddler Approved
Valentine's Day Headbands- Events To Celebrate*
Love Bomb Craft- No Time for Flashcards
Heart Doily Bunting- The Artful Parent
Tissue Paper Heart Suncatchers- Toddler Approved
Marbled Hearts- Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Shake Painting for Toddlers- No Time for Flashcards*
Cookie Cutter Painting- Hands On As We Grow
Heart Tube Stamping- Happy Hooligans
Make a Heart Wreath- Toddler Approved
Spin Art Hearts- Toddler Approved
Rainbow Valentines Heart Craft- Days with Grey
Snacks are my favorite part of any Valentine's Day event. Kids love to make something yummy and refuel before they head off for more festive activities.
Heart Kabobs- Toddler Approved
String Cheese arrows- Arts Crackers
Heart Pancakes- Cincy Shopper
Build a Valentine's Day Snack Mix- Joy in the Works
Heart Quesadillas- Smart Schoolhouse
Heart Pizza- B Inspired Mama
Pancake Snack Bar- Days with Grey
Science activities always steal the show at any party we host. Kids love watching eruptions and excavating treasures from frozen hearts. These ideas are simple to set up too!
Fizzy Valentine Playdough- Inspiration Laboratories
Frozen Hearts Science- Toddler Approved
Conversation Heart Catapults- The Stem Laboratory*
Make Love Potions- No Time for Flashcards
Baking Soda Fizzy Heart Science- Little Bins for Little Hands
Conversation Heart Science- Coffee Cups & Crayons
Baking Soda Valentines Science Activity- Toddler Approved
Motor Skills Activities
Get kids moving their bodies and strengthening their fingers with these easy Valentine's day themed motor skills activities.
Candy Heart Matching- Toddler Approved*
Heart Pattern Hop- Simple Play Ideas*
Valentine's Day Sorting Activity- Busy Toddler*
Giant Heart Matching Game- Toddler Approved
Heart Hopscotch- Toddler Approved
Musical Hearts- Teach Mama
Heart Color Hunt- Toddler Approved
If you have any other "go to" activities that you always pull out for Valentine's Day parties or play time, I'd love to hear about them. I especially love activities that have simple set up and clean up!
More Valentine's Day craft ideas
Have a child that loves arts and crafts? Check out this list of more of our favorite Valentine's Day crafts.