Lesson Ideas

Valentines Activity for Little Kids

Pretend play is so important to a child’s development. It helps them learn the world around them. Everything from shapes and colors to social awareness. Pretending and other kinds of imaginative play are believed by some to be critical to healthy child development. Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child’s developing creativity, understanding of others, and social competence with peers.

Kids Valentines Activity – Pretend Play Chocolate Shop

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This pretend play didn’t come from me but rather my four year old. Isn’t that the BEST kind of pretend play? We had some empty choloate boxes (you might too after Valentines Day!) and he asked to play with them. He then asked for Playdoh so he could make chocolates.

Where did his inspiration come from? From George. Months and months ago we were reading a Curious George book, where George goes to a chocolate factory. Here is a link to the book if you want to check it out! I was surprised how much he remembered from the book as we played.

Teaching Colors, Shapes, and Counting

I would ask little brother if he could help me find specific chocolates. “Can you help me find a RED SQUARE one?” It was a really great way to teach our youngest. Then we would all count out loud the number of chocolates we were “buying” them.

This was such a fun way to spend our afternoon! I hope you’ll give it a try!!

Love pretend play? Need inspiration? Check out Bramble Box! They are so cool!