Crafts and process art are a great opportunity to integrate fine motor practice in preschool classes. And what better time to create and practice those fine motor skills than the weeks leading up to Valentine’s? So many friends and family to craft for, which is why I’m sharing with you over 30 fun and crafty Valentine’s fine motor activities!
30+ Fun and Crafty Valentine’s Fine Motor Activities
Ok. I admit it. I like Valentine’s Day.
I know many people think it is just a holiday that is made up by card companies, and maybe it is, but I like it anyway. And, I absolutely love doing Valentine activities with my preschoolers.
The Valentine season is the perfect time to teach kids about kindness and love for others. It’s great for teaching about friendship and compassion.
It always seems like around late January and into February children need gentle reminders about the importance of being kind and friendly. About how to see things from someone else’s perspective. You might think it is a tall order for a preschooler, but I feel it is important, so I teach it.
With crafty fine motor activities.
The preschoolers are drawn to art and crafts and small, tiny things in fine motor activities…and they have all the love in the world enveloped in their hearts.
And hopefully, some new friendships will bud and the old friendships will flourish.
FAQ About Teaching a Friendship Theme to Preschoolers
One of the best ways to teach preschoolers about how to make and keep friends is by being a model for them during your own interactions with preschoolers. Show your preschoolers appropriate interactions and what it feels like to have a good friend by first being a friend to them.
Show them how to be kind and caring. When you help your preschoolers swaddle their baby doll, or open a cheese stick, or listen to their stories and answer their questions, your preschoolers will notice your kindness and want to be like you.
Modeling friendship is the first and best way to teach preschoolers about friends. Preschoolers also need to learn how to recognize their feelings and to reach out to an adult if they are feeling lonely or hurt.
Including friendship activities in circle time is also helpful. Teach your preschoolers to be good listeners, to respond to things that are said, and to be helpful. Friendship activities for preschoolers should also include collaborative activities and games, and random acts of kindness.
The possibilities for friendship activities are endless. Try playing cooperative games, working together on a single shared art project, doing building activities at the block center, or doing a scavenger hunt together. There are countless picture books that teach preschoolers about friendship, too.
This post features six printable friendship activities; each one is designed specifically to be used with preschoolers and toddlers. They are an easy and effective addition to your friendship theme in preschool.
Around the age of 3, children are starting to play more with each other and are forming new friendships. We talk about what makes a good friend, we do friendship activities, we read friendship stories, and we sing friendship songs. All year long.
Valentine’s Fine Motor Activities
Amid the Hearts and Glitter
So, when your kitchen table gets speckled in glitter and you find yourself picking dried glue stick off the preschool chairs, remember what you kids have learned this Valentine season. Have they felt a little more kindness? Perhaps they sought out someone who was sitting alone and joined them? Perhaps they shared their snack or favorite colored crayon with someone new? Maybe a confrontation was dissolved and a new understanding came about, creating a budding and fresh friendship.
I know. Valentine’s Day can be kitschy and lame, (or not), but I think it is a really important holiday to celebrate in preschool. With over 30 Valentine’s fine motor activities, something great is bound to happen in preschool.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.