Grab some construction paper, scissors, crayons or markers and any crafty supplies you have leftover from other projects like sequins, glitter, pipe cleaners and puff balls and you’re ready to go.
The base craft for all five of these activities is a simple cut out heart. Simply fold the paper in half, with the crease in the middle, and cut out half a heart.
To see how it’s done, you can watch this quick video:
Now that you have your hearts, you can do five different activities.
- Make a Valentine: Help your child write a special message on one side of the heart, and then let her decorate the other side however she likes. This is an opportunity for her to express herself, so only offer guidance if she really needs it. The lucky person who receives this heartfelt Valentine will absolutely love it
- Make a Person: If you cut four thin strips from another paper and fold them accordion-style, you instantly have dangling arms and legs. Help your son glue one end of each arm and leg in the appropriate spot and then attach smaller cut out hearts on the ends for hands and feet. Then, he can draw on a face and dress it up with whatever decorations he likes. He can even make a different heart person to represent each member of the family. Don’t forget the pets
- Heart to Heart Scavenger Hunt: For an activity for kids around grade school age, you can set up a scavenger hunt using cut out hearts. Write a clue on each heart that sends them to the next hiding spot. At the end of the scavenger hunt, have a special prize…you…and a great big hug of course. For younger kids, you can lay out a trail of hearts for them to follow to find their hidden treasure
- Butterfly with Heart Wings: Take two hearts and and glue the pointy ends together (overlapping). Then cut out a long oval shape from construction paper for the body. Glue the body on and attach a pipe cleaner or bread tie to the top of it’s head for antennae. Then let her decorate her butterfly with markers and craft supplies.
Cut out hearts are a great Valentine’s Day craft staple for children of all ages. There’s no need to empty your pocketbook on children’s crafts and activities. Just cut out some traditional Valentine’s hearts and let your little one’s imagination run wild.
Jessi Arias-Cooper is the senior writer and an editor for Advice4Parenting.com. She is a work-from-home mother of 3 boys and has been married for 11 years. If she had time for hobbies and interests outside of parenting and keeping house, they would be jewelry making, baking, watching bad B-movie horror flicks and creative writing . If you have a question for Jessi, click here