It’s that time of year again. You’ve spent years dealing with Valentine’s Day with your significant other – some people love it, some people feel it’s just a Hallmark holiday excuse for buying cards and flowers.
And then, eventually, your kids enter this world. And they have to do Valentine’s Day too.
I may be a little cynical at times (ha, yes, that’s the name of this blog), but I think Valentine’s Day is a fun opportunity for preschoolers and kids in general to do different crafts and start to explore the art of giving and receiving gifts. It doesn’t need to have a romantic element.
Of course, we’re hot off of the holiday season, so your kids are likely well-versed in the gift receiving department.
With all of that said, we’ve rounded up a bunch of great (and easy) Valentine’s Day crafts for preschoolers that your kids will definitely enjoy.
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7 Super Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers
#1) Heart Print Valentine Art
Here’s a fun one that involves some materials that you probably have laying around the house:
Spray bottle (filled with water)
White construction paper
The only hard part with this one is cutting the coffee filter into a heart shape. You might have to help your little one with that, and then let them handle all the coloring.
For the full instructions (and the source of the image), check out Fun-a-Day.
#2) Valentine Heart Button Craft
I love this one because it’s a good opportunity to teach colors, numbers (and how to count), and various shapes.
All you need is a piece of construction paper (or multiple glued together if you want something a little more sturdy) cut into a heart shape, some glue (the kid friendly type of course), and a wide array of buttons.
The more colors and shapes, the better. We didn’t have a lot of interesting buttons sitting around (mostly black, white, and gray), so we ordered this pack from Amazon, which worked quite nicely.
For the full instructions (and the source of the image), check out Hands on as we Grow.
#3) Yarn Wrapped Hearts
This one is really easy, and the end result is pretty cool.
Cut out a piece of cardboard (from any old cardboard box) into the shape of a heart, however large you want. (The larger the heart, the more yarn you’re going to use.)
Grab a ball of yarn. Tape one end of the string to the middle of the heart. Start wrapping until you’re happy with the coverage and thickness of your heart, and tie off a knot.
Simple as that!
For the full instructions (and the source of the image), check out Easy Peasy and Fun.
#4) Silly Heart Puppets
Once again, this one involves a cut out cardboard heart (you can even cut from an old cereal box).
Glue your heart to a craft stick, grab some googly eyes, and decorate your little puppet however you like.
You can use things like cotton balls, glitter, buttons, and whatever other craft items you have laying around the house. This is a great one for your preschooler to be as creative as they want!
For the full instructions (and the source of the image), check out Creative Family Fun.
#5) Tic Tac Toe Snack Craft
We found this one to be super creative (and tasty)!
Melt down the chocolate discs and put them in separate plastic bags, each with the corner clipped (so you can squirt the chocolate in lines). Draw your lines on the graham crackers.
Use the candy hearts to play a game of tic tac toe. Yes, it’s that easy.
When you’re done, or if you don’t actually feel like playing a game but instead creating a cool snack, use the melted chocolate to “glue” the hearts to the graham crackers.
For the full instructions (and the source of the image), check out Sippy Cup Mom.
#6) Folded Paper Heart Valentines
If your little one is looking to create Valentines for his or her friends, this is a great craft that looks really cute when it’s done.
Basically, you’re gluing an accordion heart to another paper heart, putting it on a stick, and adding a little flag to show the recipient’s name.
It’s not the quickest craft on this list, but it’s a good one. I’d recommend reading the full instructions. 🙂
For the full instructions (and the source of the image), check out Krokotak.
#7) Tin Foil Valentine’s Heart
While I honestly have not explored tin foil arts and crafts much in the past, this one is really cool. There’s something so unique about a craft done on tin foil (vs. cardboard, construction paper, etc.).
They’re shiny, vibrant, colorful – whatever you want them to be.
As with many of the other crafts above, you have to first cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of a heart. But from here, it gets really easy.
No need to cut or glue the foil. Just tear off a piece of foil large enough to cover the heart, and simply fold the foil over the cardboard heart until you’ve got a nice heart-shaped piece of foil (made sturdy by the cardboard).
From there, use different color permanent markers to draw on the heart.
For the full instructions (and the source of the image), check out I Heart Crafty Things.
Are you ready for Valentine’s Day with your preschooler?
Valentine’s Day, however cheesy it may sometimes seem, is a great time for your little guy or girl to try some new crafts. And let’s be honest, it’s pretty cute when they give the Valentine to you.
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day arts & crafts? Leave a comment below (and feel free to link to any of yours)! 🙂