This Valentine’s Day gluing activity is the perfect fine motor activity for toddlers this February. It makes a great indoor activity on a cold morning!
My toddlers have recently discovered glue, especially my 23 month old daughter and it has been an instant hit. So I decided to take advantage of this new love and set up this fun and easy gluing activity for Valentine’s Day with a learning twist!
Here’s what you’ll need to set up this fun and easy activity:
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- Pink or Red Construction Paper
- Masking Tape
- Foam Letters and Numbers
- Elmer’s Washable No-Run School Glue
Valentine’s Gluing Activity Set Up
Fold a sheet of pink or red construction paper in half and use the scissors to cut out a large heart.
Using a small piece of masking tape to secure the heart to a table surface. This will help it from sliding out of place will your little glues. To protect your surface, lay newspaper or Kraft paper underneath the heart.
This activity has the potential to get messy as your toddler squeezes glue on to the heart so be sure to use washable kids glue. Wear a smock to protect clothing.
For the letters and numbers, I sorted out the pink, purple and red letters and number from my collection of foam letters and numbers and placed them into a bowl for my twins.
Next, I invited my twins to choose a letter or number and glue it to the heart.
Great Fine Motor Activity
Gluing is a wonderful fine motor activity for toddlers. The squeezing of the bottle or sliding the glue stick all require and help to develop hand eye coordination as well as fine motor skills.
Controlling the Mess
I found that my twins did not make as big of a mess with the glue as I thought they would. They glue bottle we used controlled the flow of glue slightly and I was there reminding them not to use too much.
When they squeezed enough out I would ask them to start sticking a letter or number in the glue. As they did we talked about the letter, the sound it made or identified the number.
If you are concerned about the mess with a glue bottle use a glue stick. Another fun but very messy way to glue is to pour the glue out into a bowl and let your little one paint with it.
Looking for more fun gluing activities? Check out this fun idea using pom poms.
N is 23 months.