Zoe loves to cook, so this year she and I are going to make sugar cookies in the shape of hearts instead of giving candy with her Valentine’s for school. We bought cookie cutters and red icing decoration to make each one unique. I know that some kids are not able to bring in baked goods because of food restrictions in classrooms due to allergies. I did some research and found some simple and fun Valentine’s crafts for kids on Kaboose.com that we are going to try as well.
All you need for this craft is construction paper, paint and crayons or markers. If you want to get really crafty, you can add paper tissue streamers as well. First ask your little one to make a fist, and paint the side of his or her hand with paint. Press it down on the paper. Repeat with the other hand – this will close the other side of the heart. Your child can write his or her name underneath the heart. And as the picture to the right shows, you can have multiple hearts for all of your kids on one piece of paper. This is the perfect Valentine for grandparents.
You will need a cereal box, construction paper, glitter glue, white glue, scissors and heart-shaped cookie cutter(s). Cut the cereal box in half, keep the bottom half. Cover the box with construction paper. Use the heart-shaped cutters to outline hearts on paper. Cut out and decorate with glitter glue, writing phrases like candy hearts. Glue the hearts on the box. Your children can bring to school to collect all of their Valentines.
Pink and white tissue paper in one-inch squares, glue, scissors, card stock or construction paper and a pencil are needed for this one. Cut out a heart on the construction paper or card stock. Put glue in the shape of a heart in the center of the paper. Place tissue paper on the end of the pencil, twist around, add glue and adhere to the heart paper. Keep doing this with white tissue until a small heart it made. Then repeat with pink tissue for the border (see picture). For little ones, you can have them simply apply the tissue with their finger to complete this craft.
Happy Valentine’s day and let us know of other simple crafts that can make Valentine’s day special.
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