Valentine’s Day Crafts For Toddlers and Preschoolers

February 9, 2009

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday for crafts.  Kids of all ages can get involved in the preparations and celebration.  Toddlers are too young to use scissors safely on their own, but they can still participate in craft making with the family.  Here are some ideas for Valentine’s Day crafts that don’t require the use of scissors by your young ones.

Toddlers like to paint.  They learn in preschool that painting is fun and safe.  Give them some finger paints in red and white and have a good time decorating just about anything.

With finger paints you have to prepare the area so that the kids have a blast without your house looking like a construction zone.  Dress the kids in play clothes so that they can get messy without ruining their good clothes.

They can use their little hands to make a heart shape out of their prints.  You can get them to alternate red and white prints or they can mix white and red to make a batch of pink paint for more hearts.  Guide their hands to write words like “I love you” on a piece of construction paper or a poster board.

Toddlers can give the gift of flowers that they have made by themselves.  Give your toddler a variety colors and sizes of tissue paper so that they can make unique bouquets for each of their valentines.  The best thing about tissue paper is that it best resembles a flower when it is crumpled up.  Kids love to rip and crumble things up.  With this craft, they can do those things for fun.  You can crumple with them and let out your inner child too.

Once the paper is sufficiently crumpled, put the sheets together.  Show the kids how to wrap a pipe cleaner around the bundle of tissue paper sheets and fluff them up.  In no time they will look like flowers.  Since pipe cleaners may be hard to manage, it might be a better idea for parents to add the pipe cleaner and let the toddlers shape the flowers.

Craft stores have all sorts of good things that toddlers can use for Valentine’s Day crafting.  Foam shapes come pre-made.  Kids just have to punch them out and apply them to whatever surface they need to.  Instead of using glue, glue sticks are less messy and a toddler can learn to handle them much easier than a bottle of glue.

You can cut out some pictures of their face and place them in the center of the foam sheet.  After they decorate with the shapes, the craft can be given to grandparents or other family members as a Valentine’s Day card that is unique and special.

Toddlers don’t have to use scissors to make crafts.  Each of the above valentine crafts for toddlers required no scissor use and still they make excellent crafts that are fun and still allow them to be creative.

Valentine’s Day Construction Paper Crafts

February 9, 2009

Kids love to create crafts and Valentine’s Day is no exception.  Construction paper is a useful tool for making Valentine’s Day crafts that kids will enjoy creating and family members will enjoy receiving.

Start with a pad of construction paper.  Make sure that you have a pad of white sheets, red sheets, and multicolored paper.  The local office supply or craft store should have just what you need for the job.

The obvious first project is paper hearts.  Kids can use safety scissors to cut out heart tracings.  They can draw big and small hearts out of red and white sheets of construction paper.  What I like to call alligator teeth scissors can be used to cut out some of the hearts and give them a unique edged design.

Red, white, and pink are the usual colors of Valentine’s Day but don’t object if the kids want to use other colors as well.  They are being creative and creativity should be encouraged.  A purple or green heart will be made with just as much love as a red one.

Kids can use large stencils to make letters that spell out Happy Valentine’s Day.  Each letter is made out of construction paper and can be any color that the kids wish it to be.  When they are done cutting out the letters they can glue them to a string of yarn and make a banner.  Add a little glitter or stickers to make the letters stand out even more.  You can display their handiwork in a doorway or on the living room wall.

What else can kids use construction paper for?  They can decorate other items for Valentine’s Day.  Adding a few tiny pieces of red or pink construction paper to a vase or picture frame can turn it into a special gift with a love theme.

Construction paper along with some love stamps can create feel-good buttons for the entire family to wear for Valentine’s Day.  The kids can stamp to their hearts content and then cut out shapes around the designs to give to family and classmates.  A piece of rolled tape or a small safety pin can fix the “love button” to any shirt or jacket.

Construction paper doesn’t cost much and it is a wonderful way for kids to have fun at Valentine’s Day.  With simple items found around the house like construction paper, crayons, markers and scissors, crafts are easy to make at a moment’s notice.

Easy Valentine’s Day Decorations

February 9, 2009

With kids around, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on decorations for Valentine’s Day.  They are full of ideas so enlist their help to come up with decorating tips to spread the love this Valentine’s Day.

Start simple.  Decorate the main rooms of your home.  Give each kid a ball of ribbon in red, white, or pink and watch what they do.  Ribbon can be wrapped around vases of flowers and draped above doorways.  A pair of scissors can be run the length of the ribbon to create curls.

Cabinets and dressers can be made festive with small construction paper hearts.  The kids can stick them all over – wherever they can find a good spot.  If you sit still long enough, there may be a few attached to you.  Bigger hearts can be cut out and displayed on the walls.  If you are afraid that tape will strip the paint off of the walls, use a hole punch to create holes in the hearts.  Make a loop through the hole with a piece of string and hang over a push pin or a small nail.

Instead of streamers, try a paper chain in alternating colors.  Cut several pieces of construction paper into one inch wide strips.  Interlock the paper and create a link chain.  When the chain is long enough hang it up in the kitchen or family room as a banner to remind the entire family that it is Valentine’s Day.

Kids can glue Popsicle sticks together to make coasters for the coffee table.  Watercolor paints can be used to decorate the finished coaster with hearts and arrows.  You can even add words like, Happy Valentine’s Day, Love, etc. to the coasters.  The same Popsicle sticks can be used to make a poster or a mobile that says I Love You.  The sticks are shaped and then painted bright red or pink.  Once dry, mount them on poster board or attached to a heart-shaped hanger by pieces of yarn.

A cloth furniture cover can transform your living room into a Valentine’s Day celebration room.  Measure the length of the couch or chair so that the cover will fit.  Spread it out on the floor and let the kids get started on the decorations.  They can glue felt words and shapes to the cover along with the names of each family member.  Every year at Valentine’s Day you can bring out their handiwork and decorate the room.

Decorations are fun to make and display around the house.  They don’t have to be for just one season.  Store them in airtight containers so they stay clean and intact for next year and years to come.

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