I think my favorite part about this age, (two years) is watching Els start to play with friends. I mean, beyond the scoping, judging, side-by-side playing, tugging and crying and warring – but really interacting and conversing, building sand castles, asking questions, playing — together. It’s a huge milestone, and it makes me smile every time I see it.
But what I find even more satisfying than watching her play with playmates, is watching her give them presents. The exchange, the smiles, the giddiness — you just want to squish them.
Els’ going to go nuts giving these out. Either that, or she’ll try to claim all of them as her own.
*NO SUGAR ADDED.* Because sugar makes toddlers go bonkers. It does to my toddler anyway.
I bought little clear bags and filled it with crackers, Pom Poms and googly eyes, and beads with valentine themed pendants. Some pink feathers. Heart shaped crayons. And I also bought some mini play dough in pink. These came in a package at Target, but you can easily make your own. Here’s a link for a homemade organic play dough recipe.
I decided to keep it simple. Didn’t want to overwhelm the little tots, and also wanted it to keep with the ‘just a little something’ vibe.
Some other ideas, while keeping it light and simple:
Heart shaped crayons.
Valentine foam heart boards and foam stickers.
Pirate’s Booty snacks with a pink ribbon.
Freeze-dried fruit snacks.
Heart beads and pipe cleaners.
Pink feathers, beads and clay.
Homemade dried strawberries.
Or just a nice homemade Valentine’s card, saying:
I like being friends. Happy Valentine’s Day!