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This year, Pinterest inspired this Reluctant SAHM to attempt some Valentine’s Day crafts with the kids.
*Disclaimer: I am in no way a crafty person, so I tried to find crafts that were fairly simple.
Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
1. LOVE Fingerprint and Handprint Sign
Our Love Sign
When I first saw this project on Pinterest, I figured it would be the perfect Valentine’s Day project for my 2 toddlers. Just how hard can a fingerprint and handprint painting be?
It started out fine. I grabbed the paints and laid everything out. With the paintbrush, I made a nice sweeping “L”. Then I brought my 2-year old son over to the table so that I could use his hand for the “O” handprint. That was when all hell broke loose.
He decided to throw a major tantrum and refused to dip his hand into the paint. Instead, he only wanted to paint if he could use the paintbrush.
In exasperation, I decided to move on to my 1-year old daughter, who I planned to use to create the “V” footprints. I dipped her feet into the paint and then she started kicking like crazy. As I quickly dipped her feet onto the poster board, I could tell that the end result was more of a blob than well-defined footprints.
As I was doing my daughter’s footprints, my son was throwing his tantrum below us, and at some point, my daughter kicked him in the head and got paint in his hair.
I tried one more time to get my son to do his handprint, but he was not in the mood to listen to mom. So I ended up making the handprint with my own hand, then painting the “E” to complete the project.
Mom’s handprint and a 1-year old’s blob footprints
Eventually, my son calmed down, and I let him use the paintbrush to paint the other half of the poster board.
Note the paint in his hair
2. Rainbow Heart Suncatchers
A couple tips: Use the free printable heart template if you want your heart to be perfectly symmetrical. Also, make sure your scissors are not dull, as it can be difficult to cut out the suncatcher from the sheet protector plastic.
We made 3 mini hearts from our leftovers, after we cut out the big heart.
Suncatcher in the Kitchen Bay Window
Bonus pic with our Allie pup in the background
3. Heart Shaped Animals
Heart Shaped Panda Bear
We chose the cute Panda Bear to make as our heart-shaped animal. The tutorial from Crafty Morning blog was super easy to follow. If you want your hearts to be perfectly symmetrical, I recommend tracing them out first and then cutting them out. This is something that we did not do when we made this craft.
Are you planning on doing any Valentine’s Day crafts with your kids? What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day crafts?