Fun Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Valentine’s Day is coming up, we did some searching and came up with some easy, sweet Valentines that you can make with your child to distribute at class, serve at parties, decorate your house with or give to Grandma and Grandpa.

 

 

 
Crayon Hearts

This easy craft comes from do it yourself guru Martha Stewart. For this sweet valentine, all you need are crayons, wax paper and an iron. Start by folding a sheet of wax paper in half. Next use a pencil sharpener to create shavings from crayons (think pink, red and purples), next press the shavings between the wax paper and iron lightly until all the shavings melt. Then simple cut out hearts! Either string them up in your window for a cool display, or distribute to classmates and friends.

 

Magnifying Glass Valentine

This craft is great for distributing to classmates. Kids will love making and receiving this valentine since it comes with a toy! First head to a dollar store or party supply store, or place an order online for small plastic magnifying glasses. Next, cut out rectangles of card stock and simply write “Hey Valentine” in the middle of the card so the magnifying glass will be centered under the words, and then write “I’ve had my eye on you” at the bottom of the page leaving space for your child to write his or her name…penmanship practice: bonus! Lastly, affix the magnifying glass by poking 2 holes through the paper and stringing some pretty twine through.

 

Love Blossom Tree

Who doesn’t love finger paint? To make a truly sweet (and fun) homemade valentine with your little one, all you need is construction paper, a paintbrush and finger paint. Since this is a larger craft, it would be great to give to grandparents or teachers rather than making for the entire class.  Simply use your child’s forearm to make the brown tree trunk, their hand for the brown branches, and then two thumbprints next to one another make the pink and red “heart blossoms”. Its not only a valentine, it’s a keepsake to remember the days of chubby little fingers…

 

Pink Heart Shaped Rice Krispy Treats

How about a Valentine that’s also a snack? These are perfect for bringing to class parties, and an easy thing to bake with your child. All you need are the ingredients for rice krispy treats (1/2 stick of butter, 1 bag of mini marshmallows,
5 cups Rice Krispie Cereal) food coloring, sprinkles (optional) and heart shaped cookie cutters. Simply add some food coloring to your mix, make treats as you normally would and then cut them out using the cookie cutter. Easy as pie…or rice krispy treats…

 

Where to score your supplies:

 

Cook’s Arts and Crafts Shoppe
80-09 Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, 718-366-6085

Lakeshore Learning Store
2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park, 516-616-9360

In addition, Michael’s Arts & Crafts has stores in Woodside, Rosedale and Rego Park. Here are there locations:

Michael’s Arts & Crafts
51-06 Northern Boulevard, Woodside, (718) 371-0480

Michael’s Arts & Crafts
253-01 Rockaway Boulevard, Rosedale, (516) 791-1526

Michael’s Arts & Crafts
90-30 Metropolitan Avenue, Rego Park, (718) 459-2375

 

By: Christine Concetta Gibson