Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Gluing

Activity for 3-4 year olds.

Before kids  learn how to write, they need to develop the hand strength and hand-eye coordination they’ll need to make their pencil do what they want it to do. That’s why there are so many fine motor activities floating around on Pinterest. The more kids practice – the better they’ll get.

Today’s activity is a low prep way to help kids build those skills as they get in the Valentine’s Day spirit.

In the mood for more Valentine’s Day fun?! Grab our V Day activity pack!


Getting Ready

I cut out a construction paper heart and drew small black dots on it. Then I grabbed a bottle of glue and a handful of table scatter hearts I’d picked up from the dollar store. {Yes, I’m totally a dollar store addict.}

Valentine's Day Fine Motor Activity. {Playdough to Plato}

Heart Gluing

I called my four year old son over to join me. “I know what to do!” he said. “I’m going to put glue on those black dots, right?”

“You’ve got it!” I replied. “We’re going to give your hands a little exercise. Try to squeeze just a little bit of glue on a dot and then stick a sparkly heart on top.”

C quickly got to work.


As the photo shows, C’s definition of “a little glue” was different than mine. 🙂 As his fine motor skills continue to develop though, I know those glue dots will get smaller and smaller.

Valentine's Day Fine Motor Activity. {Playdough to Plato}

After several minutes of concentration, C’s work was complete and he was excited to show off his final product.

Valentine's Day Fine Motor Activity. {Playdough to Plato}

Valentine’s Day Activity Pack

Ready for more Valentine’s Day learning?! Grab our V Day activity pack filled with motivating math and literacy games kids love.

Valentine's Day activity pack for preschool and kindergarten.

Hi, I’m Malia.

I’m a National Board Certified Teacher and love showing Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers easy-to-follow systems for getting EVERY student bigger results.