Valentine’s Day can be special for a toddler. Toddlers love to show affection with frequent hugs and kisses, so they will likely delight in fun Valentine’s Day crafts that give them another chance both to create and show how much they love someone.
Luckily, most of these crafts can be done with simple items you already have around your house:
DIY Heart Stamp
Simply save an empty toilet paper roll and push in one side so the roll makes the shape of a heart. Dip in red finger paint, and let your child stamp a white piece of paper until his heart is content.
If your little one needs something chunkier and sturdier to hold, cut one side of a potato so the flesh is showing. Then create a heart design, and cut out the remaining potato, so the heart shape protrudes about ½ an inch from the rest of the potato. Dip in red or pink paint and let your child start stamping.
Hand Print Heart
This one makes a great keepsake or a Valentine’s Day gift for grandparents or other loved ones. Paint your toddler’s hands red, and then help her place them together in the shape of a heart. In the middle, write something like, “Love You Always” or “Be Mine.”
If you made homemade pipe cleaner candy canes for Christmas, you already have the supplies you need for this craft. Fill a pipe cleaner with alternating red and white pony beads. Tie both ends together and shape into a heart.
My kids had me put these on string and wore them as necklaces, but if your children are young, you may not want them to wear something around their necks.
Another idea is to put a little loop of ribbon on the top to serve as a hanger and hang the heart from a window for decoration.
Tissue Paper Heart
Cut out a white, pink, or red heart. Then, cut squares of red, white and pink tissue paper. For a younger child, simply let him crinkle up the tissue paper and glue it on the heart randomly. (He should be able to put glue on the heart first using a glue stick.) For an older child, teach her how to wrap the tissue paper around the end of a pencil on the eraser side and push the paper onto the glue on the heart for more precision.
Thumb Print Heart
This craft is perfect for even your youngest child. Simply paint the child’s thumb red. (Use non-toxic paint that will wash off easily.) Then, push your child’s thumb down gently at a right angle to make one side of the heart and then at a left angle to make the other side of the heart.
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day crafts to do with your children?