Valentine’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers and Kindergartners January 21 2009

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers and Kindergartners Your preschooler or kindergartner might not have a classroom valentine party, but they can still celebrate by making some homemade valentines for family members. Mom or dad can help them make these fun crafts to celebrate.

Glow-stick Valentine

Glow sticks make for unique and fun valentines. To make a glow-stick valentine, you’ll need:

  • A hole punch
  • Cardstock or construction paper
  • Permanent markers
  • A light stick thin enough to fit through the holes made by a hole punch (the bracelet version works well)
  • Scissors

Cut out a paper heart and punch two holes side-by-side in the middle of the heart. Write a message on the heart or draw a design. Lace the light stick through the holes like cupid’s arrow, and decorate the ends with smaller paper hearts. Before you deliver the valentine, break and shake the stick.

Fingerprint Valentines

This craft is simple enough for very small children. To make a fingerprint valentine, you’ll need:

  • A red non-toxic stamping pad (make sure it’s washable!)
  • White construction paper or cardstock
  • A crayon or marker

Press a finger onto the stamp pad, and make two prints right next to each other in a heart shape. Experiment with using the index finger and thumb to make different shaped prints. Use the crayons or markers to draw or write on the card, and give it to someone you love!

Chocolate Heart Valentine

Children can practice spelling with this simple craft. To make a chocolate heart valentine, you’ll need:

  • Foil-wrapped chocolates
  • Letter stickers
  • Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors

Use stickers to spell out the name of your valentine. Stick one letter on each chocolate. Cut a large heart out of cardstock. Glue the chocolates to the heart in order to spell the name (mom or dad should take the time to check the foil on the back of the chocolates so that glue doesn’t get on the chocolate).

Laced Heart Valentine

Laced hearts not only make cute valentines, but they also give your little one the opportunity to practice his or her fine motor skills. To make the laced heart valentine, you’ll need:

  • Cardstock
  • Safety scissors
  • A hole punch
  • Crayons
  • Yarn or ribbon

Cut out a heart from the cardstock. Write a message or color a picture in the center of the heart. Punch holes about one inch apart all around the edge of the heart. Thread the yarn or ribbon through the holes. If you’re using yarn, you might want to wrap the ends with tape to prevent fraying. Tie a knot or a bow to finish the project.

Stuffed Valentine’s Heart

You can make a series of these simple crafts and hang them from the ceiling to make a cute playroom decoration. To make the stuffed hearts, you’ll need:

  • White construction paper
  • Cookie cutter heart or other heart shape
  • Safety scissors
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Stapler
  • Cotton balls
  • String or ribbon to hang it

Trace the cookie cutter or heart shape twice on the paper. Don’t cut it out just yet. Paint the hearts with the tempera paint. Cut them out and staple them together decorated sides out. (Mom or dad will need to do the stapling.) Leave an opening at the top to stuff in the cotton balls. After they’re stuffed, staple the opening closed. Staple a piece of string to the top to hang it.

Photo Valentine

The best thing about a photo valentine is that it becomes a keepsake. To make this simple craft, you’ll need:

  • A digital camera
  • A photo printer
  • Construction paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or crayons

Take a special valentine’s picture of your child. Consider dressing all in red or in “dress up” clothing for the photo. Print out the picture. Cut a heart shape out of the construction paper. You can use the heart for something else; for this project you will use the leftover paper as a frame. Glue the picture to the back of the construction paper so that your child shows. Allow the child to decorate the card with markers or crayons.

Play Doh Valentines

These valentines are just fun for kids to make and receive. To make a Play-Doh valentine, you’ll need:

  • Play-Doh
  • Plastic baggies
  • Cardstock
  • Safety scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Hole punch
  • Twist ties

Roll out two small balls of Play-Doh. You can use one color or two different colors if you want. Press the balls together to make a heart shape. Put the heart in the plastic baggie. Cut out a nametag or small card from the cardstock. Write a short message on the card or draw a picture. Punch a hole in the corner and thread the card onto the twist tie. Tie the baggie closed.