Playgroup and Valentines Day

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on February 10, 2012 · 4 comments

in Celebrate, Make, Print, Share, Teapots and Tractors

I am the President of our local playgroup. We will have about 12 families, hopefully more that can participate in playgroup in our small town. We share a local sports pavilion with other activities and sports. We are grateful for the space. But sometimes it would be nice to be able to set up a home corner and leave it out for the term…or even a week!

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Last year and this year our first playgroup sessions for the year will fall around Valentines Day. Next week it will be Valentines Day. Both times I have been lucky enough to run the activity for the 0-4 year olds as they do some craft activity.

Couple of things to remember when organising a craft activity for that age group:

  1. Make sure you have enough materials. Especially scissors and glue. The older children might like to do more than one.
  2. Don’t forget the Parents. We have some really crafty Mums involved in our playgroup and they can turn playgroup activities into a work of art! This is valuable for the children as well, using the parents to demonstrate and to show our playgroup children that crafting is fun and worthwhile!
  3. It has to be doable by the 3 and 4 year olds and there has to be some elements that the littler ones can do.
  4. And finally in my experience the more glitter the better!

I have been trawling the Internet, other blogs and Pinterest for a great craft idea. These are some ideas just in case you would like to do something for Valentines Day too.

Bianca from a little delightful has some beautiful printables and also some great craft ideas on her blog.

This blog post by Liz from Bizzy Dayz shows the types of activities you can do with small children…one starting Kindy and Twins!

Some Printables from Club Mooo above.

and Martha Stewart is always great for simple but effective craft ideas.

NB: I don’t really do Valentines Day, always make my husband feel guilty for NOT doing anything for me. But today he made my month! Rang me from work today to ask if I was busy Tuesday. I said no I didn’t think so, and apparently we have a babysitter and a booking for dinner. So I promise not to complain about him again …this week!

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1 Julie February 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

Great crafty tips. I always find it hard with the craft at play-group. I have 3 kids aged 1, 2, and 3 and it is always hard to help both Mr 2 and Miss 3, while trying to keep Miss 1 entertained. I enjoy it when the crafts can be completed independently!

2 Annaleis @ Teapots and Tractors February 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

Thanks Julie! You are brave trying to get a craft activity done with 3 kids! If everything is precut and the kids can draw and glue it makes a big difference to parents like yourself who have more than one child to help. I used to enlist help from a Mum with only an independant crafter so she could help one of mine while still watching over hers.

3 rebekah @ justfordaisy February 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

Some cute ideas :) Thanks for sharing. I’m now following your lovely little blog! :) Please come say hi at Just For Daisy x

4 Annaleis @ Teapots and Tractors February 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Loved your rice activity with the sea animals. Am following you now too!

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