This is one of my favorite classic Valentine’s Day Crafts for little kids and toddlers. This heart craft is simple for toddlers, fun for older kids, and is gorgeous no matter how you do it. I also love that working with eye droppers requires some great fine motor and coordination skills so it’s more than just a pretty craft!
- Gather your materials. You will need some coffee filters ( 2 per heart), ribbon, markers, double stick tape, scissors ( ours are pinking shears) , an eye dropper, water, a dish, something to protect your table, and something absorbent like paper towels or an old cloth towel.
- Start by cutting your coffee filters but folding them. I love using pinking shears because they make it that much prettier.
- Time to color. My daughter did dots but go wild any design will work. Make sure kids know that their designs will change.
- My daughter colored a bunch . She was just in that sort of mood. Usually toddlers are quick to be done so if your child does 3 dots and declares they are done do not fret. That happens here all the time too. A trick to make many of these when attention spans are still on the short side is to not separate the filters keeping 2-4 all in a pile and coloring those. The color will bleed through . Another way to extend the activity without forcing is to offer a new color of marker as the interest starts decreasing.
- Add water! Talk about it spreading and the water mixing with the color and how the dry filter absorbs it like a towel absorbs the water on their body after a bath. Using every day references to learn new words and explain new experiences is a great tool for learning.
- Let your heart craft dry .
- Choose pairs. You can even sneak in some simple math ” Can you find 2 hearts?” She was gleefully helpful with this. You can’t tell from the pictures but she was taking her time making pairs. I was fascinated in a way only parents can be fascinated with their own kids 😉
- Add tape and ribbon.
- Sandwich together and repeat. Find the right place to hang your heart craft to add a little love to your home. Ours are in the window that faces the driveway and every time I drive home they are the first things we see from the car.
Want even more heart crafts?
Here are a whole bunch of great Valentine’s Day crafts for toddlers and preschoolers.