Create some Valentine's Day crafts with your munchkin.
Does the thought of making crafts with your toddler make you want to run in fear? While doing craft projects with little ones can be messy and chaotic, it is an engaging and entertaining activity for them. Creating crafts with your little guy can help him improve his fine motor skills and give him the opportunity to be imaginative. To get your home ready for Valentine's Day, work on some Valentine's crafts with your kiddo and use them as decorations.
1Cut out some hearts from the red and pink construction paper for your little cutie pie. You can make them as big or as little as you like. If you'd like, make a variety of sizes to be even more creative. Making them range from 1/2 inch to 2 inches is ideal. If you are out of red and pink paper, just use white paper and let your princess color them pink and red with her crayons.
2Give your toddler some plain doilies or doilies that you have glued onto a piece of standard-size red or pink paper. Again, if you don't have pink or red paper just use white paper. Tell her "Look sweetheart, you get to help Mommy make some Valentine's Day decorations! We can hang them around our house to make it look beautiful."
3Apply a small amount of glue on the doilies and help your little princess glue the heart paper pieces all over the doilies wherever she wants them.
4Give her some Valentine's stickers and tell her, "Look how we can put these pretty little stickers onto your doilies to make them even cuter." Then, assist her in applying the stickers.
5Choose some candy hearts together to glue onto your craft. Read some of them to her and let her pick which ones she likes best. The ones that say "Be Mine," "Cutie Pie" or "Hug Me" would likely appeal to her. Dab some glue on the back of each heart and add them to the doilies.
6Lay some crayons out and let your little one color on her doilies. Write "Happy Valentine's Day" on each one or help her to do it.
7Cut the cardboard or poster board into the shape of a large, flat-bottomed teardrop. It should measure around 11 inches tall and 7 to 8 inches across the bottom. Cut a smaller flat-bottomed teardrop out of the red construction paper, just so it can fit on top of the larger flat-bottomed teardrop with about an inch of the larger teardrop still showing.
8Cover the larger flat-bottomed teardrop in aluminum foil and tape the edges to the back to hold it on.
9Write a Valentine's message on the smaller red flat-bottomed teardrop, like "Happy Valentine's Day," "Be My Valentine" or "Kiss Me." Be as creative as you'd like.
10Lay the smaller teardrop on your work surface and tell your little Valentine "Help Mommy make this teardrop Valentine. Can you put some heart stickers on for me?" When he's finished, glue or tape the red teardrop on the back of the larger aluminum covered teardrop to cover up where the aluminum foil doesn't cover.
11Turn the teardrop over and glue two googly eyes on and draw a mouth. Place two heart stickers at the edges of the mouth to make it even more adorable. You could also use your candy hearts to make the face if you don't have googly eyes or heart stickers. Just glue the candy hearts side by side in the shape of a mouth and use one candy heart for each of the eyes. Adorable!
12Tape or glue some silver or red ribbon to the top of your teardrop Valentine so you can hang it from the ceiling. Make it as long as you'd like it to hang.
13Ask your sweetie pie, "Where would you like to hang our Valentine?" and go hang it for him. You could create multiple flat-bottomed teardrop Valentines to hang in each room of the house to get ready for Valentine's Day.
Things You'll Need
- Pink and red construction paper
- Glue stick
- Candy hearts
- Light cardboard or poster board
- Aluminum foil
- Googly eyes
- Black marker
- Silver or red ribbon