Valentines Day Activities for Early Years

Valentines day can be a day full of fun packed activities for early years children. This is why we wanted to give you a few of our favourite activities we have found on the web! Take a look through and don’t forget to use #discovercapture if you recreate any of the activities! 


Dino-Mite Valentines Craft

Valentines Day Activities for Early Years 1

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Paper plates

Coloured card

Large sheets of paper or thin card

Googly eyes

Decorations such as paint, glitter, stickers, pom poms etc.

Felt tip pens





Begin by cutting a paper plate in half and decorating it with paint, stickers, glitter or anything else you fancy.

Cut rough triangular shapes in graduating sizes out of coloured card to become the dinosaur’s spikes.

Next, cut a head and a tail shape out of the card.

Now it’s time to start putting the dinosaur together. Begin by gluing the decorated paper plate to the lower middle part of some large paper or card.

Using glue, add the head and tail at either side of the plate, and the spikes along the top.

Using a felt tip pen and a googly eye, add the dinosaur’s face and the message ‘You are Dino-mite!’ at the top of the paper.

Once you’ve added any additional wording, your dino-mite picture is ready to go!




Chocolate Play dough Recipe

Chocolate Playdough Recipe - This is such a cool valentines day kids activity! What a fun way to play while enjoying the sweet smell of chocolate!


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1 1/2 cups flour

2 TAB vegetable oil

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 cup salt

2 cups water

2 TAB cream of tartar


Add all ingredients to a medium sized pan

Keep on a medium-high heat, stirring until it forms into a soft ball. This takes around 5 minutes

Use a spatula to take the playdough out the pan and leave it on wax paper to cool down. 

Knead the playdough  a couple times to get the smooth, glossy playdough look and enjoy! 




 Valentines Sensory Tub


Valentine sensory tub for babies and toddlers, in four easy steps, using things you already have. Fun, simple play. | NurtureStore


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Pink and Red Food Colouring

A Tub

Pink and Red accessories ( heart cutters, paper hearts, bows etc)



Firstly, dye your rice pink and red

Add your rice to your tub

Then you can start adding all your valentines accessories 

Let the children explore and enjoy!



Melt the Frozen Hearts




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Pink, Blue, Purple and Red Food Colouring

Red, Purple and Pink Plastic Hearts




Add the food colouring to water and add the hearts in a small container and freeze.

Repeat this process in layers so all the hearts are in different positions.

Freeze over night, then put on a tuff tray and let the children melt and have fun!



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