Let your child or class show how much love they can share by giving them an environment to embrace their creative energy. Incorporate this into your Valentine’s Day Lesson Plan or just enjoy the time with your child as his imagination runs free.
Scented Valentine Heart Ornament
This craft is good to do a week or so before Valentine’s Day. Use it to introduce your child or preschooler to the holiday. Ask children why they think hearts are the shape of this holiday and why it’s important to show people you love them. Then begin talking about the five senses. After creating this craft, ask your child which sense is the most important with this creation (smell!).
In a bowl, let your child (or let each child have a turn if in a classroom setting) mix 1/4 cup of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon all spice, and 1 tablespoon of nutmeg together. Slowly stir in 1 cup of applesauce. Pour in 1 1/2 tablespoons of white glue and be sure to mix well until mixture is stiff.
Pour the mixture onto some wax paper. Press another sheet of wax paper over it and roll it out to 1/4 -inch thickness. Let each child take a turn cutting out a heart with a cookie cutter. Poke a hole near the top of each heart with a straw (for pulling ribbon through when dry). It takes about a week to dry (at room temperature).
When dry, string a ribbon through. Not only will this make a great aroma for the house or classroom, but these also make great Valentine’s to friends and family. Have your child write his or her name or draw a picture on it with a toothpick before completely dry to personalize. You can do this activity with Craft Clay as well.
Heart Sponge Painting
Have available red, pink and purple paint in separated bowls along with a large sheet of paper for painting on. Have a few different sizes of heart shaped sponges and cookie cutters and watch as your child or preschooler creates his or her very own work of “heart”! For classrooms, hang each child’s paper up on the bulletin board to show the individuality of artistic creation.
Heart Sun Catcher
With this craft activity, you can either use wax paper or contact paper (which is preferred). Have several pieces of different colored gift tissue paper (pink, red, purple, and white). Let your child cut or tear them up into smaller pieces and stick onto the sticky side up contact paper (glue onto wax paper). When he is finished, place another piece of contact paper sticky side down (or tape another sheet of wax paper over the other) and cut into a heart shape. Punch a hole in the top and string a ribbon or yarn through to hang by the window.
You can use an old shoe box or cereal box for this traditional craft activity to use for storing all of your child’s Valentine’s Day Cards. Have plenty of paint available, stickers, tissue paper, sequins, pompom balls, pipe cleaners, heart candies, other wrapped candies, lace and any other material you can find around the house (or purchase at local store) to provide endless creativity for your child’s mailbox creation.
Some ideas to guide your child in this activity are to paint the entire box, wrap it in tissue paper, or both! Real candies (like pink and red M&M’s or wrapped tootsie rolls) can be glued all over the box for a 2-D effect. A red pipe cleaner can be glued on the side for the mailbox flag. Tissue paper can be bunched up for a floral look, lace can line the box, and pompoms can be the “handle” to open the lid.
For more Valentine arts and crafts activities, visit All Crafts, a website with a list of more fun things to do with your children!