Thursday, January 23, 2020

Valentine's Day Fine Motor Activity

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Valentine's fine motor activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

For as long as I can remember, my youngest son has been interested in tools that encourage fine motor development, namely scissors, wooden clothespins, and paper punches. As a young toddler, he would spend countless hours just cutting and punching out paper. Or clipping clothespins to different objects.

Now, as a four year old, he still loves scissors, clothespins, and paper punches.

This Valentine's fine motor activity is a great way to play and learn with his beloved clothespins. It's a low prep activity, making it a quick boredom buster for cold winter days.

Plus, the hearts can then be used for some gross motor fun when your done.

Valentine fine motor activities

Preschool Valentine Fine Motor Activity: What You'll Need

For this fine motor activity, we used:

  • Large felt hearts from the dollar store (the same ones we used for this activity) - You could substitute foam hearts, paper hearts, or even cut out your own heart shapes from felt.
  • String
The only clothespins that I could locate in my house recently were labeled with the numbers 1-10 (just write on them with permanent marker), so I set out the numbered clothespins and ten hearts. I tied a piece of string to a chair and a railing, but you can tie them to two chairs.

Since the clothespins are numbered, the hearts could be hung in numerical order like below.

Fine motor activities for Valentine's Day

However, my four year old preferred to hang his hearts up in a random order, which is perfectly fine, since the main objective of this activity is to work on fine motor skills. As he picked up the clothespins, he would identify the number and count out loud to that number. Then he would pin the hearts to the string.

Valentine's Day themed fine motor activities

Fine motor practice with hearts

He also liked to hang the hearts upside down.

Valentine's hearts fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Your child could also explore patterning with the hearts by alternating colors.

Other Valentine's Day Activities You'll Love

Valentine's Gross Motor Activities (uses the same package of hearts)

This post is part of the Fine Motor Fridays series and includes these other fun ideas:

Heart Flower Cards from Powerful Mothering

Or are you looking for more ways to play with these felt hearts? Try using them for some fun Valentine's themed gross motor games.

A simple Valentine's Day fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers