My stats are telling me that a lot of you are searching my site for Valentine’s Day ideas, so I thought I’d pull together a mother-lode of kid-friendly Valentine activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and any other hands-on kids (grown-ups are welcome too).
My 4-year old sort of tricked me into buying her a pack of store-bought unicorn cards yesterday. Well, in her defense, we just came away from an epic dentist visit and I was willing to give her just about anything she wanted. And I’ll admit, the cards are pretty stinkin’ cute.
How do you feel about store-bought Valentine cards?
As much as I’m gung-ho for the homemade stuff and would love to bash store-bought cards, she and my 2-year old spent hours decorating these darned unicorns while telling unicorn stories. So I throw my arms up in the air and say to you: Do not feel bad about yourself if you buy store bought cards. If your child is having fun and thinking about others, then that’s a great thing!
However, if you’re so inclined to roll up your sleeves and make something, here are a few ideas to get you started…
Deconstructed Valentines, Tinkerlab
Self-serve Valentines Station, Tinkerlab
Cards from the Heart: Cut heart shapes from your child’s artwork, The Golden Gleam
Stained Glass Valentines: Peephole cards and tissue paper, Creative Family Fun
5 ways to make Valentines Cards, Mama Pea Pod
Set up a Valentine Writing Center, Growing Book by Book
Heart Blotto T-shirt, The Chocolate Muffin Tree (photo above)
How to Make a Heart Doily T-shirt, The Artful Parent
Make a Jar of Hearts for Dad, The Outlaw Mom
DIY Valentine Heart Puzzle, Allyou
Valentine Heart Gift Bag, Nurturestore
Child-sewn Felt Hearts, MamaSmiles
Heart-shaped Birdseed Cakes, Little Wonders’ Days
Heart Mobile, Rainy Day Mum
Homemade Heart Soaps, Sunhats and Wellie Boots
Magazine Tree of Hearts, Putti’s World
Crafts and Decorations
Valentine’s Day Garland, Kiwi Crate
Heart Snowflakes, Let Kids Create
Child-made String of Hearts Garland, Hands on as we Grow
Owl-shaped Valentine Craft, This Simple Home
Valentine Play Dough Station, Tinkerlab
Valentine Sensory Bin, The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
Lacing Valentine Card, The Outlaw Mom
Valentine’s Art Journal, Mommy Labs
Heart-shaped Pizza: toddler-style, Growing a Jeweled Rose
Valentine’s Day Sensory Box with pink rice, Pink and Green Mama
Simple Word-matching Game, The Homeschool Den
Valentine Snack with Toast, cream cheese, and sprinkles. Looks just like a cookie!, Tinkerlab
Sweetheart S’mores with heart marshmallows, graham crackers, peanut butter, and strawberries. A Mom with a Lesson Plan
Stained-glass Cookies: So pretty!, The Outlaw Mom
Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day craft, treat, homemade card, or gift idea?
If so, feel free to share it in a comment. I’d love to hear about it!