10 adorable Valentine’s Day ideas for kids
If your child likes to sew—or wants a good excuse to learn—try making these simple, embroidery-like Valentines. All you need is some cardstock, a tapestry-needle, scissors, tape and yarn. These are also a great craft for kids with sensory issues. Get full instructions at thesensoryspectrumblog.com.
Painted stone hearts
Venture outside to collect the smoothest stones you can find. Wash thoroughly, let them dry, and then apply a burst of vibrantly colored acrylic paint. Once dry, paint a heart in a contrasting color. If that’s too challenging for little hands, apply heart-shaped stickers or glue on cut-out hearts. Or, go the easier route and buy them from an Etsy shop like the one we found, here.
--By Lisa Farino
Candy button hearts
If your child has a sweet spot for candy buttons, here’s a great way for them to share the love with classmates.
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Cut hearts from a strip of candy buttons, glue onto colored construction paper, and cut around the edges with scalloping scissors to create a decorative border. Have your child sign her name on the back.
Simple Valentine cupcakes
I often find Martha Stewart projects daunting. But not this one. These simple but elegant cupcakes can be made by almost anyone—even a kitchen-savvy kid. Bake vanilla or chocolate cupcakes, smooth on some frosting, and place cinnamon hearts on top to form X’s and O’s. Martha Stewart offers recipes for both cupcakes and frosting on her website, but you can use your own favorite recipes if you prefer.
Magic crayon Valentines
Your child doesn’t need deft fine motor skills to make interesting homemade Valentines.
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Simply cut out paper hearts and write messages in “invisible” white crayon. When your child paints over them with watercolors, the hidden messages will reveal themselves. Use scallop-edged scissors for an extra festive touch.
For the more ambitious child-crafter, here’s a beautiful wax-paper and crayon heart-shaped suncatcher to bring light into the darkness of February. Cut hearts from wax paper, sprinkle on crayon shavings (made with a pencil sharpener), and top with another wax paper heart.
Use a warm iron to melt the colored shavings, let the hearts cool, and then add string so you and your child can hang them easily. See MarthaStewart.com for full instructions.
If your children enjoy crafting with googly eyes and pipe cleaners, you can set them up to make adorable Valentines for schoolmates and family members in an easy afternoon. Make a butterfly shape out of pink and red construction paper hearts, glue eyes on the heart-shaped face, and then tape on pipe cleaner antennae. Allow your kids to add the Valentine’s Day messages of their choice. Or, use them as an adorable holder for candy, like this one we found at purplepatchparties.blogspot.com.
Simple Valentine cookies
You don’t need to be a kitchen goddess to bake gorgeous Valentines cookies. Start with a trusted sugar cookie recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Bake. Cover with a light layer of homemade powdered sugar icing—powdered sugar mixed with just enough milk or water to make it spreadable and sticky. Dust with colored sugar sprinkles and let dry.
Skip the boring paper bag or the store-bought Valentine holder. It’s easy—and fun—to make your own. Simply take an old oatmeal or coffee container, make a wide slit in the lid for inserting Valentines, and cover the whole exterior with red or pink construction paper. Where you go from there depends on the skills and interests of your child and what you have on hand: stickers, construction-paper cut-outs, markers, beads, glue, sequins, googly eyes and glitter are all fair game. Here’s a chance for your child’s imagination to run wild.
Paint swatch heart garland
Here’s a clever way to reuse those color-sample strips you pick up at the paint store: turn them into a garland. All you need is a simple heart-shaped puncher, which will set you back around $10, and some needle and thread to string the colorful hearts together. See detailed instructions at Oh! Crafts