Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday. I love all of the pink and red that go along with all of the adorable hearts. Lots of fun crafts can come from Valentine’s Day. From the Valentine boxes to the Valentine cards, Valentine’s Day is full of pretty crafts for kids to make. A great Valentine craft for toddlers (and many other age groups) is a handprint heart. I made this with my daughter and it is the sweetest thing. It makes a great Valentine craft for preschoolers, too. I may end up making them with my class.
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Unused Pencils or Cotton Swabs
- Gather materials and set up an area to work. I typically put my daughter in her highchair, but we now have a small table for her, so we will likely use that from now on.
- Paint one of your child’s hands. I used two different colors for her handprints. I thought it would make it easier to see what the heart was made from.
- Have them clench their fingers together so there aren’t any spaces between their fingers when they press their hand down.
- Press their hand firmly to the paper/canvas. With a younger child, you will likely need to hold their fingers together and then press down on each finger and the palm of their hand.
- Wait for the paint to dry, then repeat the above steps for the other hand. When you press the second hand down, you want the fingers to overlap each other with a space between the palms.
- Once all of the paint is dry, you’ll turn the paper over and should have a shape resembling a heart.
- Decorate around the heart however you wish. We wrote “I” and “You,” so the paper reads “I <heart> You.”
- Use the pencil erasers or cotton swabs to make polka dots around the heart. I used cotton swabs and it worked really well.
Valentine Craft for Toddlers…isn’t it cute?!
I think it turned out adorable. I ended up cutting the construction paper to make it a perfect square because the heart was a little bit off center. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so it definitely would have bothered me. Check back in the next week or so for another Valentine craft. The upcoming post will be a Valentine craft for preschoolers or older.
Don’t forget to pin it for later so you can create this Valentine craft for toddlers with the kiddos in your life.