Grandparents (& Aunties and Uncles!) love getting homemade Valentine’s and children love making them. Here are some fun S.M.A.R.T. Fine Motor ideas for you to try with your child at home. Utilizing your child’s fine motor muscles by requiring him/her to isolate his/her pointer finger and thumb strengthening these muscles which help with handwriting, buttoning, and zipping.
Mosiac Hearts have your child rip scraps of paper into small pieces, then glue them onto a page on which you have drawn a heart.
Pipe Cleaner Hearts have your child string several beads onto a pipe cleaner. Connect the two ends of the pipe cleaner together and twist to secure. Finally, bend the pipe cleaner into a heart shape. You can use Valentine colors if you like, but we love other variations too!
Happy Hearts have your child gather odds and ends from your craft area (feathers, beads, sequence, etc). Cut hearts out of construction paper or use foam hearts from the craft store. Using school glue, have you child adhere the items making a face onto the hearts.