Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I’ve started prepping the kid’s activities and gift baskets! Crazy to me how differently I feel about this holiday now that I have kids. Celebrating all the milestones and silly little holidays now gets me so excited. Seeing the joy on their faces when we play new games or when we give them even the tiniest little gifts brings me so much happiness. Last year Gabriel was still a little too young to participate in our activities so it was just Isabella who was able decorate cookies with her daddy. I’m so looking forward to this year with my two little toddlers!
While I’m not super strict on restricting sweets I still much prefer not to have my children bouncing off the walls for an entire day due to Valentine’s Day candy. That’s why I’ve prepared some sweet activities without the crazy side effect. 😉 Our kitchen is the center of our home. We spend an enormous amount of time in there between meals, snack time, and cleanup. Little Partners’ Original Learning Tower and Step Stool have allowed us to engage with our kids during meal prep and cleanup times. Most of the activities I will share can be done with little to no supervision, but always done within earshot and arms length.
Imaginative Story Book
Both of my kids are really into books right now. Pop-up, peekaboo, and super imaginative story books. Isabella has begun telling us stories and I just love to see where her imagination takes her. Lost My Name books are a great option for toddlers at this age. They’re personalized for each child by name and tell a tale of a child who has woken up one day and lost their name! The child travels along a path meeting new characters along the way who help by giving a letter. At the end of the story we put all the letters together and it spells your child’s name! This book is a great way to spark imagination, creativity, and letter recognition. We pointed out each letter as we went and as we gained letters we recited which ones we had already received. This task works on memorization and spelling. I definitely recommend this book for children ages 3+. To order a personalized book go to Lostmy.name. Currently offering 20% off two books or more with code HURRAH along with FREE SHIPPING. Lostmy.name also offers another children’s book called “The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home”, Milestone Cards, personalized card game, and an alphabet poster.
Learning Printables with Valentine’s Conversation Hearts
Creating learning printables is so fun and easy! I made a color matching game, counting game, and tic tac toe printables for the kids to do as a Valentine’s Day activity using conversation hearts. These games are definitely a crowd pleaser considering there is food involved! 😉
Sensory Dough and Mini Rolling Pins
I came across ZDough a while ago and was excited to add a couple tins to their little gift baskets. Unlike your traditional play dough, ZDough is made from food-grade ingredients and scented with essential oils and spices. Play doughs are perfect for keeping little hands busy as a sensory activity or simply as an independent activity. Using cookie cutters and mini stamping rolling pins like these from Humble Elephant provide kids with hours of entertainment and creativity. Humble Elephant has several different mini rolling pins your boys or girls are sure to love!
Wooden Toys & Name Puzzles
Ah wooden toys and puzzles! I love the simplicity of these wooden toys! No loud noises or batteries, just imagination and a whole lot of fun! Isabella loves puzzles and we found her a name puzzle from Smiling Tree Toys! It’s so adorable!! Each letter in her name is a separate puzzle piece. She will do the same puzzle over and over again and we’ll work on letter recognization and spelling her name. 🙂 According to Isabella, her name is Frozen though…so sometimes to appease her we have to spell out the correct letters of her name and then say that spells “Frozen”! (Insert huge eye roll. The things we do for kids 😉 )
Smiling Tree Toys has so many handmade wooden toys for babies and toddlers as well as decor options so check them out! 20% off select items through February 3rd!
We picked up a little Valentine’s foam heart/sticker kit from Target and started creating some handmade valentines for some of our favorite people! Now mommy just has to try and remember to mail them hehe 😉
The Original Learning Tower
I’m going to share with you the secret to doing all these activities with your kids…while you multitask in the kitchen. Little Partners Original Learning Tower! Hands down one of the most valuable items we have for the kids that gets used every single day, all day. The Original Learning Tower is a safe, solid step stool that grows with your children and allows them to be counter height. Before we had this Isabella would wait until I was making a meal to declare she needed up! As moms we’re pretty skilled at holding babies and performing tasks…but what if you didn’t need to? What if, crazy idea here, you actually had both hands to work with?! Generally your little one wants up because they’re nosy little buggers and want to see what’s going on at your eye level. The Learning Tower gives them that boost to watch you, play independently at the counter, and also assist during meal time.
Isabella does like to help out with some cooking tasks, but more times than not she (and now Gabriel) belly up to the counter to chat with me while I work. Having a large enough counter space allows them to also work on puzzles, coloring, play dough, and other fun crafts.
Little Partners also has fun conversions to add to the Learning Tower like a playhouse tent or drawing easel. The tower is easily adjustable to accommodate your growing child’s height. Not once during the almost two years that we’ve had this tower has it ever wobbled or tumbled. That’s saying alot compared to other “step stools” on the market.
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