Heart Craft For Toddlers

valentine's day ideas for toddlers

My son was aching to use this crinkly red paper that came in a gift basket last week. So I gathered it and some other random red materials for some “messy art” which is my son’s name for a collage.  He loves pretending he is a garbage truck dumping the materials into the landfill. I am all for pretend play during art time! Collages are a fun way to use up scraps, and make beautiful art.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, scissors, a marker, glue , red paint and /or glitter glue, and a mix of red materials like tissue paper, foam, construction paper and fun red paper like these fillers.Heart Collage Craft
  2. Start by having your child if they are able to cut the paper into smaller pieces. Scissor skills are very important so working it into a project like this is easy , logical and saves you step!Heart Collage Craft
  3. While they do that cut open the cardboard and draw a heart.Heart Collage Craft
  4. Paint it red!Heart Collage Craft
  5. Add glitter.Heart Collage Craft
  6. Add glue. I wiggled the paper as he held the glue, which he thought was hilarious and it prevented big globs.Heart Collage Craft
  7. Add your materials. Heart Collage Craft This step took 3o seconds- he drizzled a few then he dumped them on and smashed them down.Heart Collage Craft
  8. Let dry and cut out.Heart Collage Craft

My son liked doing this so much when I took his heart to dry he grabbed the extra materials and made one all by himself! Heart Collage Craft Both are proudly displayed !

Heart Collage Craft

Valentine’s Day Playdough Cupcakes

valentine's day playdough activityWe love cupcakes, but who wants 24 cupcakes when only 2 people in your house will be eating them( which means 22 for me and 2 for my son … not good). So instead of baking them we decided to play with them. This pretend play incorporates sensory, learning shapes, and color mixing too. Not to mention it was really fun!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some red and white playdough, some fun cupcake liners, cake picks ( is that what they are called?), a cutting board and heart cookie cutters.  You can also add sprinkles, fancy plates and muffin tins!Valentine's Cupcakes
  2. Start by mixing some of the red and while to make pink playdough. Normally I make my own playdough but I wanted this color mixing lesson as part of the play, so I bought white and red dough, it’s hard to make true white playdough at home. If you want to make your own here are my favorite recipes.Valentine's Cupcakes
  3. Let em at it! My son kneaded the dough ” I squish it until it’s yummy!”Valentine's Cupcakes
  4. We rolled it into balls and popped it in a liner.Valentine's Cupcake
  5. Made hearts for the top – I did one to show him all the options while  and he ran with it.Valentine's cupcakes
  6. Don’t forget a pick!Valentine's Cupcakes
  7. Keep playing- this cupcake cost me $38 dollars! Good thing the playdough , liners and pics together only cost $3.99!Valentine Bakery
  8. There is no right or wrong way to play – just explore, have fun and remember to keep playdough far away from carpet, it’s such a pain to get out. Valentine Bakery 007

Book

Mr. Cookie Baker was an instant hit at our house. The book is about who else, Mr. Cookie Baker and it shows the reader how he makes cookies from scratch, ices them and sells them. It’s a great book to explain baking and bakeries. My son loves the part where Mr. Cookie Baker eats a cookie after a long hard day and then says goodnight. I like the illustrations, they are bold and detailed without being cluttered and can almost tell the story all by themselves. Be warned though reading this will almost definitely make you crave a cookie or two.

Valentine’s Day Crafts Galore!

I have been working on an exciting project which required some extra crafting from my son and the last thing I wanted to do was overwhelm him so today’s post will include a letter of the week craft as usual, but also some fun Valentine’s Day themed crafts from years past! What I love about Valentine’s Day crafts is that you can use them when you are learning shapes too, not just for this one time of year!

Heart H ( pictured above)

Valentine Dump Truck

Heart Tortilla Pizzas

Friendship Wreath

xoxo Cupcakes

Apple Print Valentines ( one of our very first posts!)

Valentine’s Day Crafts … yes even more!

Easy Valentine Craft!

Toddler Valentine's Craft

I love tools that help even the littlest child make recognizable shapes, especially for holiday or special occasion crafts. This Valentine’s Day craft could be done with paint and plain paper for the smallest artists or for older kids you could use glue like us, then cut each out and glue them on a contrasting piece of paper for a even more polished look. The sky is the limit, the materials are simple and the result is fun and cute! My son loved it because he needed no help and got to use “sprinkles” which is perfect for a 3 year old!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some heart cookie cutters, a dish,  glue, sparkles, pinking shears,  and paper. Easy Toddler Craft
  2. Start by pouring some glue onto your dish and dip it in.Toddler Craft
  3. Add to your paper.Easy Valentine's Craft
  4. Use a smaller cookie cutter and repeat!Heart Art Project
  5. Time for glitter ( have your dust buster ready… just sayin’) Kid's Craft
  6. Shake off extra.Heart Kids Craft
  7. Let dry and trim with pinking shears.Heart Kids Craft
  8. Glue or tape to a 2nd piece of paper.Toddler Valentine's Craft

Last weekend we featured some of our favorite

Children’s Books About Love!

Princess Valentine

heartwandIt’s been a long time since we made a naptime creation. What that is for those new here are crafts for older kids- older being relative of course. This would be perfect for the 5-8 crowd! Instead of candy, cookies or the plain old paper valentine’s why not make your friends their very own princess wand? This valentine will be used long after February 14th! I chose to make a fringe but you could glue on sequins or plastic gems too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some sparkly sticky back foam, a dowel, a hole punch,double stick tape,  some ribbon, a marker, scissors, some fun card stock and a cookie cutter for a stencil . Princess Valentine
  2. Start by tracing the heart cookie cutter on the back of the foam.Princess Valentine
  3. Cut out.
  4. Punch holes in both foam pieces, make sure they match up!Princess Valentine
  5. Peel the backing off and sandwich the dowel in between the sticky foam.Princess Valentine
  6. Cut the ribbon into short pieces.Princess Valentine
  7. Tie the ribbon onto the wand. Princess Valentine
  8. Using pretty card stock  and double stick tape make a gift tag and write a message.Princess Valentine
  9. Tie onto the wand and it’s ready to be given to your fellow princess!  Princess Valentine