Valentine Crafts for Kids

I know.  I’m very late this year.  But if you’re anything like me, you’ll be needing something to do Valentine’s Day to kill the afternoon any ways.  A year or two or three, I saw this cute craft where they hung clay hearts from ribbon in a window.  I thought it was neat.  I finally got around to it, but I decided to make all kinds of hearts from all kinds of things.  Crafts are suitable for toddlers and up.  Depending on the ability of the child will depend on how much help the child needs.  Check out other Valentine crafts here and here.

Suncatcher Hearts

(I adore suncatchers.  They’re easy and pretty.  The boys have yet to complain about making so many.  Do not use glitter.  If you read you can use glitter, they are very wrong.  It does not allow the contact paper to stick together very well, and then everyone is sad.)

Things you need:

  • Clear contact paper
  • Heart shape cookie cutter
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper pieces
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Trace two hearts on the contact paper.  I have my boys decorate before I cut the hearts.  But you can cut out the hearts first.  Have the child place tissue paper on one of the hearts.  Place the hearts on top of each other, sealing them together.  Cut out the heart.  Use the hole punch to punch a hole.  Tie a loop with the ribbon.

 

Shrink-A-Dink Hearts

(I have rediscovered Shrink-a-Dinks.  I heart them so much.  The boys are getting a kick out of making them and watching them get small.  I recently used them to make a Valentine present for a friend.)

Things you need:

  • Shrink-a-Dink paper
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Oven
  • Cookie tray
  • Baby powder
  • Foil
  • Ribbon or string

Trace a heart on the Shrink-a-Dink paper.  Have the child color the heart.  Cut the heart out and punch a hole in it.  Remember the Shrink-a-Dink will shrink to a third of its original size, so if you want to use ribbon, you have to make that hole big.  Sprinkle a little baby powder on the foil.  Place foil on cookie sheet, and place Shrink-a-Dinks on foil.  Follow  the instructions for Shink-a-Dinks.  Mine said to pop them in the oven at 350 for a minute to three minutes.  Then magic!  Take out Shrink-a-Dinks, and let them cool.  String up the hearts.

 

Clay Hearts

(Finally clay hearts.  Polymer clay is very difficult for small hands.  I have to really warm it up and kneed it before the boys (6 and 4) can work with it.  I need to find a new source of clay.  But once the boys start working on it, they love it.  We have made all sorts of clay things.)

Things you need:

  • Polymer clay (traditional colors like pink, red, or white, but hey, green could work too.  Or brown.)
  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Tooth pick or bamboo skewer
  • Oven
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Foil
  • Ribbon
  • Optional: rubber stamps, glue, glitter

Kneed the clay until pliable.  (This may take a while.)  Roll clay into a ball and then squish it down.  Use the cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape.  If you would like, you can use a rubber stamp to decorate the heart.  Use the tooth pick or bamboo skewer to make a hole in the heart.  Place foil on a cookie sheet, and place the clay heart on the cookie sheet.  Follow the instructions on the package.  Mine says to bake at 275 for 30 minutes for every 1/4 of an inch in thickness.  (And yes, I have burnt clay before.  It’s annoying.)  Take out hearts, and allow to cool.  If you would like, you can decorate them with glitter and glue.  String the heart with ribbon.

 

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Winter and Christmas Crafts for Toddlers and Children

A few more winter crafts as Southern California is pillaged by a storm.  Ok, greatly exaggerated, but cold rain means no going outside.  No going outside means tornadoes on the loose inside.  I would like to dedicate these crafts to Outside Voice as she said “Just the thought of buying all the things you need for each one tires me out!” on my last craft post.  I expect most of you have these items around the house.

 

Gingerbread Men

(My sons are crazy about Gingerbread Men; I don’t know if it’s because I made some last week or that we are watching too much Shrek.  We used crayons and fabric paint to decorate them, but you can use a variety of different mediums.  Evan loved squirting the fabric paint, making a Santa Clause and elves.  If you don’t have a cookie cutter, then try this page for a template.  I actually liked the medium ones better than my cookie cutter.  http://www.first-school.ws/activities/fairytales/gingerbread-man-boy.htm)

 

Things you need:

  • Cardboard or brown construction paper
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter or template
  • Black marker or pen
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, fabric paint, finger paint, glitter glue, white out, (whatever you want to decorate with)

 

Trace the cookie cutter or template on the cardboard or construction paper.  Cut out pattern.  Let the child decorate the gingerbread man.

 

 

Snow Scene

(We did this in Girl Scouts; the girls loved it.  My boys loved it.   Watch toddlers carefully as they are known to eat chalk.)

 

Things you need:

  • Black paper
  • White chalk
  • Hair spray

 

Let the child draw a snowy scene with the chalk, making hills, snowflakes and snowmen to create the scene.  When the child is finish, spray it with hair spray to keep the picture.  If you don’t have hair spray, the picture will fade away eventually.

 

 

Snowflakes

(Just because sometimes we can’t think out of the box, let’s remember how much fun it was to cut out snowflakes.  Of course, my boys were too little to cut them, but they had fun playing with them and hanging them up.)

 

Things you need:

  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Bowl (optional)
  • Pen (optional)

 

If you want circle snowflakes, trace the bowl and cut out the circle.  Fold the paper as many times as you like as the more you fold the more complicated the pattern.  Cut.  Cut squares, triangles, circles, and random shapes.  Unfold the paper.