The sweetest day of the year is just around the corner. Celebrate with your kids, and enhance both their creativity and direction-following skills with these simply sweet DIY Valentine’s Day crafts. As long as your child can read and use scissors, these crafts require minimal supervision or assistance. As always, stay with them in the kitchen (and feel free to snitch a piece of candy or two)!
Give your home a bit of Valentine’s panache with this darling paper heart garland. Great for your budding artist and for encouraging fine motor skills, these hearts only require stiff paper, double-sided tape, fishing line or clear wire, and a bit of patience. Hang from doorways or window sills and make an extra one or two that you might deliver to a nursing home or children’s hospital.
Class Valentine’s can be time consuming if you want something more than the latest Disney character on cardstock. Let your student assemble these yummy baking cup flowers–no baking actually required! The flower’s center is a Tootsie roll pop or blow pop, while the petals are made from the cutest baking cups you can find at Target (or the store of your choice). The best part is this tutorial’s step-by-step instructions should require no questions for Mom to answer.
If you’ve been decluttering, now’s the time to upcycle all those old crayons. Make these heart shaped crayon molds using a silicone baking pan and minimal energy in the kitchen. Attach it to a cute printable and be every parent’s favorite Valentine because you skipped the sugar.
Celebrate at home with this service-based activity for each day in February before Valentine’s Day. 14 Acts of Love comes with heart-shaped printables, instructions for assembling the adorable vase, and ideas for 14 acts of kindness your family can practice for one another–or anyone else.
If your child can’t wait to give a really awesome Valentine to each classmate, let him assemble these Valentine Robots. Juice boxes, pipe cleaners, and tiny boxes of candy come together with some googly eyes to make a Valentine’s snack that’s sure to be appreciated. Chances are, this treat will spark some pretty fun play, too.
What are some of your favorite ways to share the love on Valentine’s Day?