Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to pull out the paints and doilies, glue and glitter, pipe cleaners and paper and let your kids have a blast! There are many fun Valentine activities for kids that can encourage creativity and inspire learning. Doing some projects together can make this an even more special time of year. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Amp up your learning with Valentine Activity Trays.
There are several ideas for Valentine-themed trays at this link that will help with counting and numbers, color recognition, letters and spelling, matching, small motor skills, hand-eye coordination and more! Plus, they look totally fun.
2. Make Valentine Sensory Bottles.
Use the free printable to add a tag to let your kids know they’ve got you “all shook up!”
3. Paint with homemade heart sponges.
Whip out your red, purple and pink paints and let your kids make a painted heart collage. Throw in some glitter for even more fun!
4. Feed the birds.
All you need are pipe cleaners and cereal to make these cute and colorful bird feeders to hang outside! Your little ones will love threading Fruit Loops onto pipe cleaners and shaping them into hearts.
5. Glam up with some DIY heart glasses.
When all the cereal is gone, use the boxes and leftover pipe cleaners to upcycle some fun heart shaped glasses to wear all day! You can even use red cellophane paper for the “lenses”!
6. Create these little “love bugs” from clothespins, craft sticks and pom poms!
Add a magnet to the back to turn them into magnetic clips. You and your kids will have a great time making fuzzy bugs and they can give them away as gifts to their loved ones!
7. Punch a Bunch.
Of cups, that is. There’s a game kids can’t resist called “punch a bunch” where you basically fill some paper cups with prizes, cover them with tissue paper and let the kids punch through to the prize. This Valentine themed punch a bunch game, called “My Heart is Bursting” would be awesome at a party with a ton of kids, or used with 14 cups as an advent countdown to Valentine’s Day!
8. Scatter love all over.
Make some love rocks by collecting stones from outside and painting them. Once they’ve dried, deliver them anonymously to places and people who need to feel a little love! Think hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, bus stops. Place them around park benches and by doors. Line a neighbors walkway. But be sneaky!
9. Shoot some arrows – dessert style!
Create cupid arrows with skewers, sparkly paper and donut holes. Your kids will like making them almost as much as eating them!
10. Weave some baskets.
These Danish Heart baskets are inexpensive and fairly simple to create. When you’re done weaving them into a heart shape, you can fill them with little treats and drop them off at your loved ones houses! Or hide them under family members’ pillows!
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com
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