During Christmas time I saw these really cute ideas for toddler activities with a felt Christmas tree or Snowman. I wanted to make something fun for my toddler to do for Valentine’s day and came up with this cute idea! And it’s so simple and cheap.
-Brown felt (to make basket)-$0.25 sheet
-Blue felt (main balloon)-about 1/2 yard and you will have extra $3
-2-3 colors for the hearts (you can go traditional with red and pink or you can mix it up and go with whatever colors you want)-I chose red, light blue and white-$0.25 sheet each
-Hot glue gun
Cut out the top and make a big balloon. I free handed mine and the dimensions turned out to be about 12 inches at the biggest point across and 15 inches tall.
Cut out a felt square piece with brown size 4 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Then cut the sides down on an angle a little. Cut two strips of brown about 4 inches long. These are your basket and ropes.
Use the sharpie to make a design on your basket.
Cut out a thin strip of the color of the balloon, about 6 inches(this will be use to hang the balloon)
Hot glue the ropes to the basket and the ropes to the balloon. Then hot glue the blue strip to the top.
Cut out about 30 or more hearts in the colors you chose. (I also cut out some shapes to make it a little more educational and I can interact with him a little more while we play with it)
Tape or use hooks to put the balloon on the wall-if using tape use masking tape so it doesn’t take paint off
I wanted a felt envelope to put everything to store it and I randomly found perfect one for $1 at Dollar General!! If you want to make one here is easy tutorial. My son enjoyed putting everything into the envelope and taking it out just as much as he did putting them on the balloon. Also he decided at one point that he wanted to play with it on the ground.
Let your toddler have fun!