Valentines Crafts For LittlesValentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, and we know you’re probably planning what kinds of activities you’ll do with your little ones to celebrate! You can mail these cards to friends and family, or frame them as a holiday keepsake to display each year, and they’ll be sure to melt some hearts!
Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, and we know you’re probably planning what kinds of activities you’ll do with your little ones to celebrate! Although it’s common for school-aged children to exchange cards and gifts at school, you can still do adorable Valentine’s Day projects with your babies and toddlers at home! You can mail these cards to friends and family, or frame them as a holiday keepsake to display each year, and they’ll be sure to melt some hearts!
Valentine’s Day Crafts For Babies
1. “L-O-V-E” footprints
This craft is easy to do with even the youngest babies! All you need is some white paper, some red or pink paint, and your baby’s sweet little feet. Paint your baby’s feet, and stamp onto the paper, with the heels overlapping so they form a “V” shape. Then, use paint or a marker and add the letters L, O, and E to spell out the word “love” including your baby’s adorable little footprints!
2. Salt dough hearts
If you want an adorable keepsake of your baby’s handprint or footprint, salt dough ornaments are the way to go! Combine 4 cups of all-purpose flour, one cup of salt, and 1 ½ cups of warm water. Knead the dough for at least 10 minutes. If the dough is too dry, you can add more water. Roll the dough out to about ½ inch thickness, and then press your baby’s handprint or footprint onto the dough. You can use a heart shape to cut around the handprint or footprint. Use a straw to make a hole in the top of the ornament. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-2 hours (you might need to add more time if the dough hasn’t hardened, or you can let them air-dry). Once the dough is completely dry, you can add paint, glitter, or sequins to make a cute keepsake to cherish for years to come.
For an even easier project, use the KeaBabies Adore Baby Handprint Keepsake Ornament Kit, which contains everything you need to make a precious heart-shaped keepsake using your baby’s handprint!
3. Footprint heart
All you need is some red or pink paint and a blank canvas or piece of paper. Paint the bottom of your baby’s feet, and stamp both footprints onto the paper, overlapping the heels so it looks like a heart. You can draw or paint the outline of a heart around your baby’s feet as well.
Valentine’s Day Crafts For Toddlers
1. Heart trees
This craft is simple and fun for young children. Use a large hole punch to cut out heart shapes, or use scissors and cut out hearts out of colorful construction paper (20-30 cutouts will do). Using a black marker or permanent marker, draw a tree trunk and a few branches on a white sheet of paper. Next, help your child glue hearts onto the tree branches like leaves. Your toddler might need your help using the glue, but he can still help choose each heart and where to place it on the tree.
2. Toilet paper roll hearts
If you’re into recycling, this is a great craft to do with your little one! Simply bend part of one end of an empty toilet paper roll until it makes the shape of a heart, then let your toddler dip the heart in different colored paints and use the toilet paper roll as a stamp. This craft is simple, but makes for an adorable finished product!
3. Dot marker heart
Toddlers love dot markers - they’re large, which makes them easier to grip, and they come in a variety of colors. If you have a pack of these dot markers, this project is for you! Cut out a heart shape from a piece of cardboard or cardstock. Tape it onto the middle of a sheet of white construction paper. Then, let your toddler stamp colorful dots all around the paper - it’s okay to color the heart in the middle as well! Once most of the white paper is covered in dots, it’s time to remove the center heart to unveil a crisp, clean heart shape in the center of the page surrounded by your child’s dot artwork.
Valentine’s Day Crafts For Preschoolers
1. Pom-pom painting
For this craft, you’ll need a small pom-pom, a clothespin, some paint, and a piece of paper in the shape of a heart. Help your preschooler pinch the pom-pom with the clothespin, and that will become the “paintbrush” for this project! Your child can dip the pom-pom in red, pink, or purple paint, and dab onto the heart-shaped piece of paper. Your child can also add glitter at the end!
2. Fuzzy pom-pom hearts
You’ll need a white sheet of paper, some craft glue, and an assortment of colorful small pom-poms. Start by helping your child draw a large heart on the piece of paper, and then instruct your child to cover the entire heart with craft glue (make sure to use a substantial amount so the pom-poms don’t fall off!). Then, let your child fill up the heart with as many colorful pom-poms as she can manage. This art project will be cuddly and cute!
3. Colored cereal heart hangers
For this craft, you’ll need some string, a package of colored “O” shaped cereal, and some wire or a pipe cleaner. Have your child thread the cereal onto the wire one by one, and when she’s done, you can help bend the wire into a heart shape. Tie a loop with string at the top of the heart, and hang the cereal hearts from trees in your yard for cute holiday decorations.
Art projects are a fun way for families to create wonderful memories together. If you’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day, try out some of these crafts with your little ones and you’ll be able to create keepsakes you and your family will cherish for years to come.
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Meet Our KeaMommy Contributor: Kaitlyn Torrez
I’m Kaitlyn Torrez, from the San Francisco Bay Area. I live with my husband and two children, Roman and Logan. I’m a former preschool teacher, currently enjoying being a stay at home mom. I love all things writing, coffee, and chocolate. In my free time, I enjoy reading, blogging, and working out.