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Valentine’s Day Crafts and Activities

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Activities
Posted on February 10, 2017 by CHS

Valentine’s Day is recognized as a day to do something special for someone you love. This can include sending a card, planning a nice dinner, or exchanging gifts. More recently, it has also become a day to celebrate friendship.

Many children will exchange cards at school, make special crafts, or bake special treats they can share. Set aside time for making Valentine’s Day crafts and cards the weekend before the holiday and get ready to have fun!

 Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts

  • Make small Valentine’s Day cards that can easily be delivered to classmates at school using white index cards. Children can fold the index card in half, then draw pictures and write a message on the card. Use a sticker or piece of scotch tape to keep the card closed.
  • Make larger Valentine’s Day cards by folding a piece of 8 ½ x 11 inch paper in half. The card can then be decorated with pictures and messages, and can either be delivered in person or mailed. It is always nice to receive something fun and happy in the mail! Looking for something to write inside the card? Click here for song and poem lyrics.
  • Cut different sized heart shapes out of red, pink, or white construction paper. Talk to your child about the different sizes and colors. Use them to decorate cards or create pictures, pockets on cards to hold messages, or posters.
  • Children can also punch a hole in the top of a construction paper heart, tiestring through itso the heart can be hung, glue a picture of the family on it, and decorate the rest of the heart with drawings, glitter, or stickers.
  • Make ornament dough with your child (recipe below). Allow him to form it into a heart (or use a cookie cutter), and then decorate it by making a handprint, using his finger to make impressions, or use cake decorating tools to make designs. Use the end of a pen to poke a hole through the top if you plan to hang the ornament, and then bake it (see below). Once they are dry, the ornaments can be painted (recipe below) and hung with ribbon or yarn.
    • Ornament Dough: You will need 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and between a ½ cup and 1 cup of water. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the water slowly until you have a dough consistency. Knead the dough. Dry them overnight, or bake them in the oven at 300 F° until they are firm.
    • Edible Paint: You will need 2 cups of cornstarch, 1 cup of cold water, 4.5 cups of boiling water, and food coloring. Mix the cornstarch with the cold water and stir it. Pour in the boiling water, making sure you stir between each cup. Continue to stir until the mixture melts and begins to have a smooth pudding-like consistency. Pour the mixture into small mason jars and stir food coloring into each jar. Allow it to cool before use.
       
  • Visit these websites to discover more crafts you can do with your child:

Valentine’s Day Activities

  • Seek and Match Hearts: Cut out ten to twelve paper hearts with your child. Decorate the hearts so that each heart looks different, but make each half of each heart the same so they can be matched. Cut each heart in half and separate them into two piles. Your child will keep one pile, and close her eyes while you hide the other halves around the room. Then your child will look for the hearts in the room and match them to one of the hearts in her pile. You can use a timer and set a time limit to make it more challenging for older children. You can also make them into a letter or number matching game (see photo).
  • Lacing Hearts: Cut out hearts and hole-punch around the edges. Invite your child to decorate the heart with crayons, markers, or stickers. Your child can then use a long piece of yarn, or a shoelace to sew around the card. Using pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, and manipulating yarn to sew are all wonderful ways for your child to develop strong fine motor skills.
  • Visit the Cul-de-sac School website for more activity and party ideas.

Books to Read:

  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish (ages 4-9)
  • Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart by Jane O’Conner (ages 4-8)
  • Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse by Laura Neumeroff (ages 4-8)
  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud (ages 4-9)
  • Heartprints by P.K. Hallinan (ages 2-5)
  • Huggy Kissy by Leslie-Patricelli (ages 0-4)
  • Llama, Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney (ages 3-8)
  • Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat (ages 4-8)
  • The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond (ages 3-5)
  • Where is Baby’s Valentine by Karen Katz (ages 1-4)

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