Valentine’s Day Play Dough

Here is a fun Valentine’s Day play dough activity that gets the hands moving and developing fine motor skills. Have you ever had a candy tray, chocolate gift box, cupcake holder, or other container and wondered if you can use it in play? Incorporating Valentine’s Day activities into occupational therapy sessions is fun with interactive play ideas like this one. We used a chocolate gift box as a Valentine’s day play dough activity with a fine motor component.

Valentine's Day Playdough activity to help kids strengthen fine motor skills.

Valentine’s day activities for kids can be a fun way to work on skills like fine motor strength or eye-hand coordination. Take this heart maze or instance. This is an easy prep activity that can be upgraded or downgraded for each child’s needs and levels while working on visual perceptual skills and eye-hand coordination with a heart theme.

Valentines Day Play Dough

Use a recycled chocolate tray for a Valentine's Day play dough activity.

Creating this play dough activity is easy. Make a set of colored play dough. Our crayon play dough recipe will get you set up with literally any color in the crayon box.

Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Activity

Playing with play dough and rolling small balls of play dough is a great way to build fine motor strength, especially intrinsic hand strength.

The sky is the limit when it comes to this open-ended play activity. Encourage imagination and play in a fun, Valentine’s Day theme!

Kids can press the dough into the trays to strengthen the hands, work on finger isolation, separation of the sides of the hand, and more.

Valentines Day play dough activities are a fun fine motor activity using play dough.

Invite your kiddos to use their imagination. Can they make teeny tiny sprinkles from the play dough? Hellloo, precision and fine motor work!

Valentines day play dough mat for fine motor skills and handwriting
Use the Valentine’s Day Play Dough Mat to help kids develop fine motor skills by rolling balls of play dough.

Kids can then roll the balls of play dough using just their fingertips to build intrinsic strength, eye-hand coordination, separation of the sides of the hand, and arch development. There are so many fine motor skills being refined and developed by using small balls of play dough and a play dough mat like the one found in our new Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit.

Use the play dough to make play dough chocolates, candies, chocolate bars, or other treats from play dough.

Use chocolate candy containers and play dough to work on fine motor skills and hand strength with a Valentine's Day theme activity.
This valentine's day activity for kids is a powerful fine motor play dough idea that works on skills like hand strength.

They look good enough to eat, right??? Use the dough to roll balls of “chocolates” using just the fingertips. It’s a great way to work on separation of the sides of the hands, intrinsic strength, and arch development.

Use a Valentine's day chocolate box in play dough activities for a Valentine's day theme activity.

More Valentine’s Day occupational therapy activities

Valentine’s Day Snacks

Valentine’s Day Sparkle Fine Motor Craft

One Zillion Valentines Craft

Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Busy Bag

Heart Visual Perception Maze

More fine motor activities for building skills

Want to add more Valentine’s Day activities and movement tools to your skill-building?

The Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit is here! This printable kit is 25 pages of hands-on activity sheets designed to build skills in pinch and grasp strength, endurance, eye-hand coordination, precision, dexterity, pencil control, handwriting, scissor skills, coloring, and more.

When you grab the Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit now, you’ll get a free BONUS activity: 1-10 clip cards so you can challenge hand strength and endurance with a counting eye-hand coordination activity.

Valentines Day fine motor kit

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

One Zillion Valentines Day Craft

Valentines Day crafts

Have you read the book, One Zillion Valentines?  It i such a cute Valentine’s Day book for kids.  We read the book and made a Miniature Candy Heart Valentine based on the book a few weeks back.  That same day, we made this airplane valentine craft too, because we loved this part of the book! Valentines Day crafts are a fun way to work on certain skills in a way that is motivating for kids. This window cling Valentine’s Day craft we made years ago is a fine motor powerhouse, a lot like this airplane craft.   

This is just one of the Valentine’s Day occupational therapy activities here on the website. Use this heart craft to work on skills like fine motor strength, dexterity, direction following, and more.


Valentines Day craft for kids

Have you read the book, One Zillion Valentines? Such a cute book for kids and this craft is based on the book.

Valentines Children’s Book Activity

Pairing a book with therapy or when working on skills with kids is a fun way to open up conversation, problem solving, and strategizing to create a project or activity based on the book. This Valentine’s Day book for kids is just that. One Zillion Valentines is one children’s book that pairs nicely with a fine motor craft for kids.   This post contains affiliate links.

One Zillion Valentines craft

Valentines Day Book Activity

One Zillion Valentines is one fun book for kids around Valentine’s Day.  We love this part of the book…the message and the images!  We decided to make our own airplane craft for Valentine’s Day.

First we drew a big glue heart on large blue paper. Be sure to use squeeze glue for strengthening the hands.

Grab a handful of cotton balls.  Some brands of cotton balls are rolled and you can pinch and unroll the layers of cotton.  This is a great fine motor activity for kids!  Other brands of cotton balls can be pinched apart into strands.  

This is ALSO a great fine motor activity for kids!  Pinching and pulling the cotton balls apart works on the intrinsic hand strength of the small muscles of the hands.  These are the muscles that are located within the hand and are essential for endurance during writing and coloring tasks while holding a writing utensil with an open web space.

Make a paper airplane from red cardstock.  My Little Guy (age 5) was totally into following a step by step example to make his own airplane.  

Glue the paper airplane onto the trail of Valentine smoke and you’ve got a super cute airplane craft! Keeping the cotton strands on the glue is an exercise in eye-hand coordination.

This is a great craft that doubles as a book extension activity AND a means for working on specific skills.

How to make this Valentine’s Day Craft:

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Make a Valentine’s Craft based on One Zillion Valentines.

  1. Create the background of this Valentine’s day craft.

    Use squeeze glue to draw a big swoop on blue construction paper. This will be the clouds following the airplane.

  2. Use cotton balls to make clouds.

    Stretch out the cotton balls using both hands. This is a great fine motor workout.

  3. Make a paper airplane.

    Use red paper (if you have it) to match the book. Fold a paper airplane by bending the paper in half and folding the top of the page into a point. Fold in half again. Bend the wings down in the opposite direction. It can help to make a paper airplane along side your child so they can copy each step.

  4. Glue the paper airplane onto the page.

    Add the paper airplane at the end of the cotton clouds.

More Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids

There are many Valentines’ Day activities here on The OT Toolbox that double as fine motor and visual motor powerhouses. Check out some of these Valentine’s Day themed activities for therapy:

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.