In today's upside-down world where good is bad and bad is good, it takes a superhero to dodge oncoming bullets and survive as a stay-at-home mom. This is the place to celebrate your larger-than-life status! Get homeschooling tips, ideas for crafts and cooking, and inspiration to make it through the day. I'm a fellow Superhero Stay-at-Home Mom, a former preschool and kindergarten teacher with a master's degree in special education, and the mother of two sons, one with autism.
How to Make a
Valentine's Day Project With Your Toddler and Keep Your Sanity
When my sons were
little, I hosted a weekly playgroup at my home for other moms and
toddlers. I always tried to have some kind of art project for parent and child to do together. But that soon became quite a challenge.
It was incredibly difficult to find projects that were
developmentally appropriate for 2 and 3-year-olds. Far too often the
moms were stuck at the table cutting and gluing long after the little
ones had lost interest and had run away to play. But making these big
Valentine's Day hearts proved just perfect!
Toddlers love to
feel different textures and see shiny, sparkly things. That's why this
projects works. Best of all, they can do the whole thing by
themselves. They just need some adults nearby so they don't make too
much of a mess (it's best to cover the table with newspapers to catch the glitter and all). Let's get started:
out large hearts from pink, red, or white
2. Gather the
materials. I always kept a cupboard in our kitchen for art supplies.
That way I didn't need to run out and buy things every time we did a
project. I'd just pick up inexpensive things at The Dollar Store,
garage sales, and Michael's. For this project, I cut out
hearts from tissue paper, construction paper, and scrapbook paper.
We also used glitter, sparkles, colored feathers, and cut-up
doilies. You could also use stickers, small buttons, wrapping paper, cut-up ribbon,
Give each child a
glue stick and let them create! Everyone's heart turns out looking fantastic and unique!
****There was a
time when I really thought it was important for kids to know how to
use glue properly (and I still do), but 2 and 3 is not that
time! Save yourself a lot of grief by having them use glue sticks!
This book is
fabulous for this particular art project. Before our play group
started, I scattered hearts of different colors and sizes around my
house. When the kids arrived, I read this book to them and then they
went on a heart hunt. They then glued these little hearts to the big
one. They loved it!