February 10, 2011

Kid-Friendly Valentine Projects

Before I share a few of my favorite Valentine projects that I've done with the girls over the last few years, I have to share two more free printables. The first one is from allsorts.

Isn't she lovely? You can find the pdf template here.

Pretty Little Studio is also offering two vintage Valentine images here.
In today's post, I'm recycling a few of my all-time favorite kid-friendly Valentine craft projects. They are all fairly easy and a few of them are definitely toddler friendly...pinky swear.

Project 1: Fingerpaint Valentine Flowers & Vase
I've said this before, but I appreciate all the fingerpaintings that Josie brings home from preschool/daycare. Her daycare gets the MESS and I enjoy coming up with new ways to recycle them into different artwork. Two years ago, the girls helped me make a lovely Valentine bouquet out of Josie's fingerpaintings.

Project 2: Construction Paper Heart Animals

I'm sure you aren't surprised, but the owls were my favorite Valentine animals. If we made them a bit smaller, they would even look cute on homemade Valentine cards.

Along with the owls, we made a frog, a couple of butterflies, a ladybug and a mouse. If you click on the image to make it larger, you can see how to assemble the animals. They are pretty easy and the designs are endless. The main supplies needed for this craft include construction paper, a hole punch for punching out little circles to decorate the ladybug's back and butterfly's wings, scissors and glue.

Project 3: Tissue Paper Heart Flowers

This craft is actually two different kinds of flowers (both of which are toddler friendly).

Flower #1


Card stock or construction paper
Green pipe cleaners
Markers, crayons, stickers,

Step 1. Start by cutting out several different hearts out of construction paper. Card stock works even better.

Step 2. Have your child decorate the hearts with markers, crayons, stamps or stickers.

Step 3. Cut 3 small slits with scissors in the center of the heart.

Step 4. Thread the pipe cleaner through. This is great for fine motor development, but really little hands will need help. The pipe cleaner should have some extra after being threaded through and you will bend that to secure it.

Step 5. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until all your hearts have stems. Tie a pretty bow around your stems or put it in a vase.

Flower #2


Tissue paper (at least 3 different colors)
Green pipe cleaners
Hole punch

Step 1. Cut the tissue paper into circles. I varied the size of the circles (small, medium and large) but it doesn't have to be exact.

Step 2. Take your hole punch and make a hole in the center of the tissue circles.

Step 3. Take the end of a pipe cleaner and gently push it through the center of the tissue paper.

Step 4. When you have all the issue pieces on the stem, bend the top inch of the pipe cleaner into a little loop or thread a bead onto the pipe cleaner.

Step 5. Use your hands to crumple all the layers of paper into one big mess.

Step 6. Gently uncrumple the tissue mess and you will discover a beautiful bloom.

These flowers would also make great gifts for Grandmothers or Aunts for Mother's day.

Project 4: Bead Hearts

This craft is so easy, a toddler can do it. Josie was 2 1/2 when she worked on this project.

Supplies needed for this craft include: medium sized plastic beads and white pipe cleaners. I actually got both items at our local grocery store. I bet a Dollar Store might even carry these supplies too.

Step 1. Take the pipe cleaner and string one bead to an inch of the end of the pipe cleaner. Loop the pipe cleaner around the bead so that the bead doesn't slip off the end of the pipe cleaner.

Step 2. Pour the beads into a small container and let your child string the beads onto the pipe cleaner.

Step 3. Have your child string beads until there is about a inch left of the pipe cleaner.

tep 4. Take the pipe cleaner and form a circle. Close off the ends by twisting the pipe cleaner together. Use the excess pipe cleaner to form a hook.

Step 5. Pinch down the circle to form the sides of a heart. Make a point near the center to form the v of the heart. You're done.

Happy Crafting!


Number 6 and no more counting! said...

Well the printables are adorable! But, more adorable is that little one doing her beading!

Very cute crafts.


PS. your package hasn't come. It always take much longer between Canada and the US. Not sure why. It's just a border!

Lee said...

More cute ideas-Thanks for sharing!
Amazing how both the girls have grown since those pictures were taken.
Have a great day!

Jodi said...

Too cute!! I love the vase of painted flowers!! Just love it!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Great ideas Kim...I sure wish I was still teaching, these would have been wonderful in the classroom.(-:

Life in Rehab said...

Wow, that's a lot of creativity! My favorites though are the collage from Josie's fingerpaintings and Emma's owls- both are frame worthy works.

Cindy said...

Thanks for re-posting the crafts. Tomorrow afternoon, the neighborhood kids are getting together for a Valentine party. One mom is doing the heart animals, and I am going to share this with her. I am responsible for cupid cupcakes...Trying them out tonight and I'll let you know how they turn out.

I love the craft exchange! Is there one planned for Easter? Are you taking any new crafters in the the group?

JJ is still not up to par. We have so many in our schools right now who are sick. Hope that Emma and Josie stay well...Wow! Have they grown since those photos.

Many crafty hugs,

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

Just wanted to let you know that your beautiful package arrived today! Thank you so very much.

A D O R A B L E everything!

I will get a note off to you ASAP.

Thank you again!


Heather said...

Such cute projects, Kim! The other day on her show, Martha Stewart made the cutest owl sugar cookies. I had never realized what a cute valentine animal an owl could be! Check out her website, because I think you'll really like them!

Jodee said...

Holy cow! I can't believe how much cute craftiness is wrapped up in one little post! I think my favorite is the fingerpainting art! What a fun idea!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Great post with so many ideas!! Those owls are adorable and I love the use of the fingerpainting into a new vase illustration. It is a wonderful way to use children's work.

PS I have just printed out the Valentine's Angel. I will put them together this weekend and surprise the girls.