Valentine’s day is really special in our home, even with toddler around, for one simple reason: it’s mama’s birthday! Does it answer a question do we celebrate Valentine’s day? Yes, in more than one way! Today, we bring you this sweet little Valentine’s day themed busy bag combining heart and roses. Two of my favorite Valentine’s day items!
Today’s busy bag is awesome practice for fine motor skills and apparently, great for pretend play, proved by my toddler!
One of the things I really love is to bring up items from recycle bin or things we already have in our homes, ones that are not really created with play in mind, and to turn them into tools for playful learning.
Same thing is with this Plant Heart Garden busy bag. Everything used came into our home at some point in the past – foam insert was a part of jewelry box someone once gave to me, and mini roses were collected from a wedding we attended in the past.
Toddler really enjoyed sticking roses in foam heart and “planting” roses. She repeated the whole thing several times sticking and removing roses until she came up with an idea to water the flowers! And then she remembered that her Dora (figurine from Megabloks set) has a watering can! She ran to get it and soon enough complete set was on the table, right next to the heart garden and she played happily with these toys / busy bag for next hour.
I’m hoping that this little busy bag will inspire you to look at the things you already have at home, stashed in some drawer and think how you can use it for play! And I’m sure you have a bunch! We all do! Kids really enjoy playing with “non-toys” and in many cases it brings them new experiences.
We are getting ready to launch a serial named Less Toys. More Play. during February in collaboration with many kid friendly bloggers and we really believe that number of toys kids have is inversely proportional with their engagement with these toys.
Find even more amazing Valentine busy bags from some of our favorite kid bloggers:FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Arrow Addition Matching Game // Mama.Papa.Bubba.
Felt Heart Garden // Powerful Mothering
LEGO Valentine’s Day Puzzle // Lemon Lime Adventures
Letter Match Memory Game // The Educators’ Spin On It
DIY Valentine Dominoes // Mommy Needs a Coffee Break
Printable Valentine’s Day Mix and Match Puzzles // Itsy Bitsy Fun
Printable Conversation Heart Number Book // Playdough to Plato
Conversation Heart Color Match // Preschool Inspirations
Valentine’s Day Math Busy Bag // Still Playing School
3 Low Prep Busy Bags // Lalymom
Plant Heart Garden // Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Tic Tac Toe // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Threading Love Hearts // Adventures of Adam
Valentine’s Day Color Sort // Sugar Aunts
Valentine’s Day Number Matching // Coffee Cups and Crayons
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.