Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays because it reminds us to tell our family and friends that we LOVE them. This is something that we don't do enough of! I want my children to keep their expression of LOVE top of mind year-round. Here is a round-up of some fun and easy Valentine's Day crafts that you can do with your kids.
Handprint Heart Tree
This is a super easy paper craft! Trace your child's hand on a green piece of paper and cut it out. Glue the hand cut-out (the “trunk”) to a white piece of paper. Cut out red and pink hearts with a heart punch, use foam heart stickers, or trace some hearts using a heart shaped toy in your house. Glue the paper hearts (the “leaves”) to the white paper to surround the trunk.
From: Prutti's World
Yarn Heart Cards
Using a hole puncher, punch holes to form a heart shape into cardstock (or download the heart template here; login required). Thread yarn through the holes in the cardstock using a yarn needle. Give your yarn heart cards to your loved ones! This is a good valentine craft for kids who are developing fine motor skills!
Heart Bird Feeder
This craft is made using birdseed, unflavored gelatin, cookie cutters, and twine. For step-by-step instructions and photos, see Alphamom.com. The best part about this Valentine's craft is letting your kids watch the birds eat from the birdfeeder they just made!
Put shaved crayon on waxed paper and fold. Put kraft paper on an ironing board and put your waxed paper with shavings on top. Iron with a few passes until the shavings have melted. Let it cool, then cut out heart shapes. Attach a string to hang.
From: Martha Stewart
Cut out strips of red and pink paper. Curl ends with scissors. Attach curled parts of paper with glue or glue dots, sandwiching thread between the tops of the hearts.
Valentine's Day Heart Lei
Here a great valentine craft for kids who like necklaces and dress up! Take a piece of red yarn, and thread cut out paper hearts and pieces of straw to create this fun and easy necklace!
From: Make: Craft
Layered Heart Art
Draw a heart on paper. Punch out hearts using a heart punch or cut out your own hearts. Glue hearts onto the outline of the paper, starting with the exterior of the heart first. I like this craft because is so easy – you can even use glue dots to make the craft less messy!
From: Smashed Peas and Carrots
Such cute box for the kids valentine cards! Take an empty cereal box and glue the lid closed. Cover it with white (or any other colored) paper using a glue stick or glue. Cut the “lid” out on the top with scissors, leaving the back intact for the hinge. Cut a mail slot out. Cut out X's and O's, hearts, and lettering out of paper and glue to the box. Staple or glue a “tab” to the “lid” of the box so kids have an easy way to open the box.
Download the printables from here. Print them out and staple them together. Let the kids write checks to express their love! This is a great valentine's craft for kids who are learning to write (e.g., kindergartners and up).
Valentine's Day Heart Pencil Toppers
Twist red pipe cleaner into a heart shape and attach to top of pencils using a hot glue gun. Great non-candy idea to give out to friends in class.
From: The Gunny Sack
These are some great Valentine's Day crafts for kids that will help your kids celebrate the holiday of LOVE (with the side benefit of keeping your household busy!). Happy Valentine's Day!!!