Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. While many might see it as a holiday for couples, it can also serve as an opportunity to celebrate all kinds of love – including affection for friends and family members. If you’re a parent or caregiver looking for ways to commemorate the day and keep your children entertained, here are some ideas for fun Valentine’s Day crafts for kids.
1. Make lace-patterned playdough hearts.
Materials: For this activity, all you’ll need are plastic placemats or art mats, lace doilies, heart-shaped cookie cutters, playdough and a rolling pin, according to The Artful Parent.
- Place the playdough on a placement in the shape of a circle, roughly the size of the doily.
- Lay the doily on top of the playdough. Roll over it with the rolling pin.
- Lift the doily. The playdough will have the lace pattern pressed into it.
- Use the heart cookie cutter to create patterned playdough hearts.
2. Demonstrate the meaning of Valentine’s Day with “love posters.”
Materials: Construction paper and markers are all that’s required for this simple and wholesome way to celebrate the holiday, according to Busy Toddler.
- Get a piece of paper ready for each member of your family. Write “I love [their name]” at the top of each in marker.
- Under the “I love…” statement, help your kids create a list of reasons why they love that person. For example, maybe they’re funny or great at telling stories.
- After the posters are finished, you can tape/hang them up in your home as reminders of why you love each other.
3. Snack on heart-shaped sandwiches.
Materials: Bread, jelly and a heart-shaped cookie cutter are all you need, according to Little Bins Little Hands.
- Get two pieces of bread and help your child spread jelly to create a sandwich.
- Use the cookie cutter to make the sandwich into a heart shape.
4. Create pipe cleaner heart goggles.
Materials: For this craft, you’ll want to gather pipe cleaners (three for each pair of goggles) and scissors, according to Make and Takes.
- Fold a pipe cleaner in half, so it looks like a V.
- Fold the ends of the V inward and join them together to create a heart shape.
- Repeat those steps with a second pipe cleaner. These are the lenses of your goggles.
- Cut a small piece of pipe cleaner and use it to join the two hearts together at the top (i.e., the nose piece of the goggles).
- Cut another pipe cleaner in half. Attach half to each side of the heart-shaped lenses to create the arms of the goggles that will go over your ears.
These crafts and activities should help your kids get in the spirit of the holiday and have a great Valentine’s Day. Many of them also help with the development of fine motor skills.
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