Valentine’s Day, the second most popular holiday for exchanging greeting cards, is an opportunity for your child to share the love with family and friends. From heart-shaped cards the grandparents will cherish forever to personalized cards for friends, homemade valentines make everyone feel special. Help your child embrace the spirit of the holiday with these quick Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids.
Quick Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
Handprint Heart Card
A child’s handprints and footprints will melt the hearts of your family. Use tiny fingers and toes to create a keepsake that will always bring tears to your eyes.
Children of any age can make a handprint heart card. Before beginning this quick craft, collect construction paper of two different colors, markers, glue, a paint brush, and Valentine’s Day-colored paint such as red, pink or white. You should have a damp rag to wipe excess paint from your child’s hands or feet.
Cut a heart large enough to contain your child’s handprints from one piece of construction paper. Glue the heart to the larger piece of construction paper, leaving room in the background for a note from your child. For infants and toddlers, paint the bottoms of their hands or the bottoms of their feet. Older children may enjoy painting their own bodies. If using hands, press one against the paper. Overlap the palms when pressing the second hand to the paper. Fingers should be tilted outwards, creating a handprint heart within the construction paper heart. If using footprints, overlap the heels when pressing the second foot to the paper.
If your child is old enough to write their own message, let them express their love. For infants and toddlers, include a note such as “I love you from the top of my head to the bottom of my toes” or “I left my handprints on your heart”. Even a simple “I love you” will make the recipient smile.
Celery Flower Stamps
This Valentine’s Day is the day you will tell your children to play with their food. Celery stalks make excellent rose stamps to help create homemade valentines.
This craft is best suited for children over three years of age. Before you begin, collect a stalk of celery, a knife, red and green washable paint, two paper plates, a damp rag for spills, and blank cards (or folded pieces of construction paper). Cut the celery about three inches from the base. Pour paint onto paper plates. Have your child dip the celery heart into the red paint and press it down on the card. A beautiful red rose will stare back at your child. Using a cut celery stalk dipped in green paint, your child can create leaves by stamping the celery around the rose. Although your child can’t buy flowers, he can still give the gift of a Valentine’s bouquet.
Stained Glass Heart
Your child captured your heart and now she can capture the sun with a stained glass heart. Preparations for the sun catcher require significant amounts of cutting. Appropriate for preschool aged children, this craft may appeal more to children who are able to cut their own materials.
Before you begin, collect red or white poster board, clear contact paper, red ribbon, Valentine’s Day-colored tissue paper, scissors, and a hole punch. For added creativity, purchase a heart-shaped hole punch at a local craft store. Cut a large heart from the piece of poster board. Leaving a half-inch to one-inch border, cut a second heart from within the first heart. Continue the process, creating four or five heart outlines. Lay the hearts down on the contact paper.
Cut tissue paper into squares or let your child create the fun shapes that inspire her. Lay the tissue paper on the contact paper, slightly overlapping each square. Use a second sheet of contact paper to seal the tissue paper. Cut excess contact paper and tissue paper from the edges of the heart. Use a hole punch at the top of the heart to create a space for the ribbon. Tie the ribbon and hang your child’s stained glass heart sun catcher from the window each year for Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate, jewelry and roses are Valentine’s Day staples, but when your child wants to give a valentine, handmade keepsakes are simply the best. Whether cards or decorations, Valentine’s Day crafts for kids will keep the children occupied while creating personalized treasures.