Valentine’s day crafts are some of my preschooler’s favorite type of crafts. Even as a toddler, Roo loved the heart themed Valentine’s day crafts, activities, and decorations. This year I’ll let Roo make some handmade Valentine’s day decorations as well as crafts and Valentines to send to family and friends.
Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s day crafts for you to do with your toddler or preschooler (ages 2-5)
1. Suncatcher Heart Valentine’s Day Craft
Contact Paper or Press and Seal paper
Red, white, and pink tissue paper
Cut two heart shapes in the paper
Tear or cut the tissue paper into small pieces
Cover one heart with tissue
Press second heart over the tissue covered heart. Hang or tape to a window!
(These also make great handmade Valentine’s Day gifts to stick inside Valentine’s Cards!)
*See another contact paper suncatcher craft here!*
2. Love Bug Valentine’s Day Craft
Cardboard Paper Tube
Plastic Bag *optional*
Child and parent:
Start by painting the tube. The preschooler can paint it with a brush or place in a baggie with a few splashes of paint and shake it all together.
After it dries glue on eyes, stick pipecleaners through the cardboard to create antena, arms and legs, or wings. Construction paper can also be used to create wings or apendages. Really anything goes!
3. Tissue Paper Heart Valentine’s Day Craft
Red, Pink, and White Tissue Paper cut or torn into pieces
Draw a Heart shape on the cardstock paper.
Roll the tissue into small balls then glue to the heart until covered. Such a simple Valentine’s Day craft!
4. Paper Heart Garland Valentine’s Day Decoration
Pink, Red, and White Paper
Cut small heart shapes from the paper. How many depends on the size of your hearts and length of your garland. Punch two holes in each heart.
Have the toddler or preschooler practice their threading skills by threading the yarn through the holes.
5. Red and Pink Shaker Valentine’s Day Card
Adult and Child:
This Valentine’s day Craft is so simple and less messy than some of the other projects!
Pour some paint into a plastic baggie. Stick to one or two colors.
Fold a card out of paper and place inside the bag.
Seal the bag and SHAKE!
Remove the card and wait for it to dry before adding your Valentine’s Day Message
6. Watercolor Heart Valentine’s Day Card
Water Color Paint
Fold a piece of watercolor paper in half to create the card. Unfold and tape a heart shape to the center of the front of the card.
Have the child dab the cotton ball into the watercolor paint the dab dots all over the paper. Making sure to especially cover the area around the taped heart shape.
It helps to assign a single cotton ball to one color and limiting toddlers to only a couple of colors to prevent a muddy mess.
Once the paint is dry, remove the taped heart to reveal a solid white heart to write your Valentine’s Day message in!
7. Love Is… Canvas Painting Valentine’s Day Gift
8×10 or larger canvas
Paint Pens like these
(Or just buy the already made kit in my Etsy Shop!)
Adult and Child:
We also did a video for this Valentine’s Day project. We made one for Mom and one for Dad. If you want to do this yourself, paint the canvas a solid color. Your toddler or preschooler can assist!
After the canvas dries, write the letters with the paint pens. You could paint the letters, but I love the ease and control I get with using the paint pens. Make sure to leave space for your child’s feet and hand to become the V and center vowel.
If you buy my kit, skip to this next step!
Once the letters dry, place the canvas on the ground. Paint the child’s feet with the deisred paint color and press one at a time onto the canvas, connecting the heels and turning out the toes to make a V shape. Repeat with the hand at the center vowel.
Pick up child and put them straight into the bath tub! This Valentine’s Day craft can get messy otherwise.
8. Heart Shaped Pendant or Ornament Valentine’s Day Gift
Thread beads on to a pipecleaner. Don’t fill it to the end! Leave some space. This is great fine motor practice for Preschoolers.
Bend beaded pipecleaner into a heart shape then tie a ribbon to the top. You could even double the pipecleaners to make a three dimensional ornament!
These crafts were all super fun to make! I’m sure your toddler or preschooler will have fun making these Valentine’s Day Crafts with you.
Happy Valentine’s Day!