This Valentine craft for preschoolers is sure to spark some creativity. Not only is it adorable and versatile, but it also works on fine motor development. Last week I shared a great Valentine’s Day craft for toddlers. I received a lot of great feedback on it and I hope you take the time to test it. While it is great for toddlers, kiddos of any age can create one.
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- Tear up tissue paper into 2-4 inch pieces. They shouldn’t be tiny pieces because it will be very difficult to crinkle them and attach to the paper. Tearing paper helps build muscles in the hands. Tearing tissue paper can be difficult for preschool-aged children, but continue to encourage and help as much as needed.
- Crinkle the tissue paper into little balls. This part can take a little bit of time, so I recommend assisting littler ones with this step.
- Cut a heart shape out of a piece of cardstock. You can use regular paper, but your finished product will be a bit flimsy.
- After the paper is crumpled up, use the glue to attach the tissue paper to the cardstock heart.
- Once the heart is completely covered, you can be done with the project or you can finish the heart by doing a variety of things.
Finishing this Valentine Craft for Preschoolers
Make it Sparkly – you can glue sequins, gems, or glitter to your heart to make it shine
Create a Face – we had some leftover glasses from a Halloween craft we did, so we used those on our face; you can use buttons, googly eye, yarn, construction paper, etc. to create any type of face you wish
Make it a Sign – use construction paper to create a banner across your heart to write a heartfelt Valentine message; your message could be as simple as “Happy Valentine’s Day” or some more personalized
Create a Card – fold the heart in half, cut a piece of construction paper to fit inside, write a Valentine’s Day message, give your card to someone you love; a handmade card is always well-loved!
Aren’t they fun?!
This Valentine craft for preschoolers is a project that they can likely complete independently. You’ll need to model how to tear, crinkle, and glue the tissue paper, but then let them work. Check back often to ensure they are using their glue properly, but praise them for doing such a great job all on their own. It will keep them busy for a little bit, too, because crinkling the tissue paper may take some time. If you have a younger preschooler, you may need to break the project into different pieces so they don’t get bored of it.
Don’t forget to pin this Valentine craft for preschoolers and check out the Valentine craft for toddlers! I’d love to see how you decide to finish them! Please post pictures in the comments or to my Facebook page!