Today I am partnering with some of my favorite fellow bloggers to bring you a fun blog hop: Little Heartbreakers! We are bringing you 8 fun activities that have to do with BREAKING HEARTS (literally that is!) just in time for Valentine's Day!
Our activity was super simple and is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. I cut ten hearts out of bubble wrap and lay them out in front of Kingston. I gave him a meat tenderizer (this is one of our favorite tools to use during activities, but if you feel that your child cannot practice self control with this, you may offer something smaller like a rubber mallet or a wooden/plastic toy hammer). The reason why I chose the meat tenderizer was for the awesome metal bumpy part that is perfect for bubble wrap popping!
We used the "hammer" to hit each heart, counting as we went (there's a reason I chose to cut out ten!). After we counted them, I let K go wild smashing and pounding the bubble wrap hearts to pop them. This was a great use of his gross motor skills. Then he spent some time popping the bubble wrap with this fingers to get some fine motor exercise in there also!
This activity was easy to set up, simple to do, and got some of my spirited toddler's energy out on a lazy indoor day. Stay tuned for an art project that we did to reuse the hearts after this activity was over!
Don't forget to read ALL of the posts in the Little Heartbreakers Blog Hop:
Anti Valentine's Day Baked Cotton Balls from Lalymom
Breaking Hearts: Fine Motor Play from Still Playing School
Fine Motor Gelatin Heart Sensory Play from And Next Comes L
Candy Heart Breaking Fine Motor Activity from Fun-A-Day
Catapult Science for Kids- Can You Break My Heart? on Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Heartbreaker Smashing Peanut Shells from Sugar Aunts
Color Mixing with Heart Snowball Smashing from How Wee Learn
Bubble Wrap Heart Breaking from House of Burke