Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

I know you guys are searching for fun Valentine’s Day Crafts for your kids to start making friends, neighbors, classmates, and of course family. Well since it’s the weekend I thought I’d dig through our archives to find you some of our best!

Valentine’s Day Educational Crafts

You can have fun with this Valentine’s Day Word Search or the Valentine’s Day Card Garland that includes a great math lesson too, or maybe Heart Pattern Sorting.

Valentine’s Day Food To Make

For a snack you could grab a hammer and crush some cinnamon hearts for this yummy Valentine’s Day Treat  or make shapes and letters on these XOXO Cupcakes with rope licorice, or even a Easy Heart Shape Tortilla Pizza which is a tradition in our house.

Valentine’s Day Movement

You will have to burn off those treats with our Musical Hearts Game ( check out the video) or make a Valentine’s Day Tambourine and dance around making music!

Valentine’s Day Gifts

What princess would not love this Valentine’s Day Princess Wand? Or for kids that are more into things with wheels a Valentine’s Day Dump Truck. I like the Napkin Ring Necklace the best though.

These are just our old favorites. There are even more Valentine’s Day Crafts to browse and a few new ideas up our sleeves.

Happy Valentine’s Day !

Looking for fast fun Valentine’s Day activities for toddlers and preschoolers? We are doing a bunch today. This weekend was packed with activities for our family so today we are staying home in our Pjs and doing a few of these lovely projects and reading some great books.

I think we will start our day with some gifts . I bought my daughter  Where Is Baby’s Valentine? by Karen Katz. She is grabbing at everything so she will love all the flaps to lift up and grasp!

Then while my daughter naps we’ll play with our Valentine Sensory Tub

While my son watches his favorite show ( Busy Town Mysteries) my daughter and I will paint . Here’s a tip when painting with babies , use painter’s tape to tape the paper down so it’s not thrown , ripped or eaten while painting!

After lunch we’ll read this and a few other books my son chooses.

Shelia Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henekes In this story Sheila is a brave little mouse, he even taunts her little sister Louise calling her names when she isn’t as brave as her. However soon the tables are turned and when Shelia gets lost it’s her very own scaredy cat sister who shows the bravery. I think a lot of younger siblings can relate to this story, I know I can. Having an older sister who very much like Shelia is the natural leader among the two of us , it’s nice to see the little sister saving the day for once.  Edited 02/11  My son is nuts about this book. I read it everyday after lunch, and we talk about how some day his sister might just have to help him and how both girls and boys can be very brave.  No matter how many time we read this I enjoy it as much as he does.

Then during quiet time my son will play with this map he loves LeapFrog Tag Maps: World I am not working with LeapFrog in any way I am only mentioning it because this toy is why I can blog. It keeps him playing, learning and it’s so fun!

For dinner we’ll make these heart shaped pizzas

Before bed we’ll read Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton.

This author is a preschool parents dream, short and easy to read melodic books with illustrations to die for. The story is simply a little love song about all the ways the dog loves the puppy, simple and touching. As an educator something I love is that the dogs don’t have an obvious race , they don’t even have an obvious gender which is perfect. Regardless of who loves who in your family your child can see you in the dog and themselves in the puppy! I think that is the perfect valentine! My son didn’t warm up to this book right away, but now not only does he love it he is very very specific that only I can read it to him . It’s become a big favorite in our house.

Not exactly the red wine and candlelight Valentine’s Day we had before kids but I’d be lying if I said I don’t love being able to have a super day and not even getting out of my PJs.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Semi Handmade Valentines

I love making handmade Valentines for people and my son and I didn’t see eye to eye about this at first. He wanted to hand out Toy Story Valentines he saw at Target and I wanted him to make them himself for his classmates. Well… this was our compromise which will likely become a tradition. It satisfies his need for characters but still serves the purpose of making custom Valentines for each of his friends. Each was made with the friend in mind which was time consuming but thrilling to see him put that much thought into it. Honestly I don’t know if the stars just aligned , but he loved this craft. We even left the kitchen table as our ” Valentine” factory so we can make more today.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, some store bought valentines ( whatever your little on begged you for), heart stickers, scissors, paint,  glitter ( Come on it’s Valentine’s day let them have glitter !! ), colored pencils and anything else to make them fun and sparkly. 
  2. Start by cutting the construction paper into hearts. Ours are not the most perfect but as you will see they still end up beautiful.
  3. Time to customize!  We started with paint.
  4. Used colored pencils.
  5. Glitter
  6. The works! No two were the same. Yes we made a mess but it was so fun. 
  7. Choose which character valentine each recipient will like the best.
  8. We originally made them like this with the store bought valentine on the back but most ended up with it on the front and my son used the whole back to write his name. If you follow me you know how I have been trying to encourage his writing and I didn’t even ask him to do it, he grabbed the pencil and started all on his own.
  9. Oh and for those of you who ask how I manage crafts while my little one is awake …
  10. This picture isn’t really a “step” in the tutorial but it captures how much fun we had, which is really the whole point of this blog!

Don’t miss this. CBS Los Angeles featured our Heart Shaped Pizza on their site . We are making those again for our Valentine’s Day meal. Do you make something special for your kids’ dinner on Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day Craft and Math Lesson

Patterns, ordering, shapes , sorting and counting are all used in this simple Valentine’s Day  craft made with playing cards . That’s not even all the wonderful skills used, lacing the cards on uses fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.  What I love is that I can make a Valentine’s day craft that is educational, low mess ( no glitter, glue or paint) and cost me less than $3!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a deck of playing cards with a red design on the back, a heart paper punch, hole punch, some ribbon or yarn , scissors and some clear tape.
  2. Start by sorting the cards into suits . This is a long craft so I only put two suits on our place mat. 
  3. Next place the cards in numerical order. 
  4. Next hand your child the heart punch and have them punch hearts in cards of other suits . We used the clovers that we sorted in the 2nd step.
  5. While they do that punch holes in the cards that they put in numerical order.
  6. Punch holes in the hearts .
  7. Start threading. This is not easy. Be prepared to help, or if you have a child like mine be prepared to be told you aren’t allowed to help and wait until they ask for it. To make lacing easier wrap tape around the ends of the ribbon/ yarn. My 4 year old laced 3 cards and 4 hearts alone, then handed me the right numbers as I did the lacing. A nice thing about using playing cards is that they are sturdy and hard to tear.
  8. Hang it up!

Valentine’s Day Kids’ Crafts

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and  I am trying my hardest to resist the candy that is already all over the place. What I can’t resist is sharing some of our favorite Valentine’s Day crafts from years past. If you don’t see what you are looking for here check out all our Valentine’s Crafts , I am sure you will find something just right !

Paper Hug

Valentine Candy Bouquet

Heart Wand

Cinnamon Heart Bark

Valentine’s Photo Wreath

Valentine’s Day Dump Truck