Area: Valentines Art
For a Great Gift for Valentines day. Take a small terra cotta pot. Have children sponge paint with red and white paint. When dry add valentines Hershey kisses. Glue a big red construction paper heart to a large popsicle stick (Tongue depressor size). Have child put a message on it. Then insert in center of kisses. Wrap with red or pink cellophane and add a pretty bow just below the heart. The kids will love to share their kisses!!
Purchase 4 inch terracotta pots. Have children sponge paint hearts on them. Let dry. Glue on heart beads, etc. all over pot. Fill pot with sand, stick in a candle, and sprinkle pretty glitter on it. Makes a lovely gift for moms!
Make a pin using the safe edged metal top of a frozen juice can. Pour glue inside the lid and provide kids with small craft supplies (beads, sequins, confetti, etc.) to press into the glue. Once dried, add a pin to the back. If you do not have jewelry pins, glue a circle of felt to the back and insert a safety pin. This also makes a nice magnet.
Make heart wands. Cut a 3-4 inch heart from colored construction paper. Tape or glue the heart to a craft stick. Decorate the heart with glitter glue, confetti, sequins, wads of tissue paper, etc. (I like to use paper confetti instead of glitter with my 2-3 year olds, since glitter can pose an eye hazard if the kids rub their eyes.)
Valentine Snow Globes,
You will need a small jar, (baby food jars work great) per child as well as flowers, small heart shaped beads and other trinkets. Also glue and glitter.
Have the children glue flowers or trinkets to the jar let dry then fill with water and add small amount of glitter, you can glue the lid on with the contact cement as well. This works great for older children and is a gift that parents can use as a paper weight. You can use this for any time of year as well.
Valentine Marble Painting
Use a heart candy box bottom, cut paper to fit inside the box, dip marbles into pink and red paint. Drop marble into the box and let the child twist and turn the box. Add snowflake glitter. They are really beautiful. And the kids love to do it.
Valentine Day postcard!
Cut out red construction paper in the size of a standard postcard. Allow the kids to decorate one side using crayons, paints, and pre-cut hearts in white, pink and red. One the back of the construction paper glue a plain piece on white paper. Draw a line down the middle with a heart felt verse on the left side and the address of who you would like to send it to. Stick a stamp on and toss it in the mail! I have a daycare in my home and we sent one to all of the parents at their place of work. The parents loved it, even the Dads!! Great for Grandparents and Auntie's and Uncle's too!
A simple gift - I cut a heart shape from sturdy poster-board or card stock, about 2 inches wide and tall. The kids brush on lots of school glue, and then sprinkle red and purple heart sequins until the heart is covered. The glue dries clear and on the back, I glue a pinback. Send home for Mom, if she can get it away from my proud 3 year olds!
For Valentines BB: Make a very large heart out of white paper, add the children's painted handprints all over the heart. Add border around the outside of the heart to look like lace and add the title "Helping Hands Make Happy Hearts".
I love you to pieces picture frame
Picture of each
I did this project with my 3 and 4 yr olds and they loved it as well as the parents. I took pictures and developed them prior to making this project first the children glued puzzle pieces on to the picture frame they then glued on the foam pieces saying I love you to pieces, after drying we placed our photos in, wrapped them in tissue paper tied them up with a ribbon and gave them to the parents as valentines gifts It was a great hit.
A Smile and a Kiss This is a cute Valentine's Day gift for parents. You will need a baby food jar for each child (I used Stage 3 because they are larger.) a supply of Hershey's Kisses and a small picture of each child. Give each child a jar and have them paint it with glue, then sprinkle on some glitter. when dry have the children fill the jars with chocolate kisses. On the lid of each jar , glue a picture of the child (I used a scanned copy). Tie with a red ribbon and attach a tag that says " A smile and a kiss for you on Valentine's Day! Love, "
Valentine's Day Masks
You will need: Red or White masks, glue, collage materials (pom poms, metallic confetti, glitter, silver pen, rhinestones, foam pieces, etc.)
Directions: Have children decorate masks. For a classroom, children can work on their masks at home and return them to school fully decorated on a certain day. Be sure that they conceal their masks from one another. Next, display all the masks on the bulletin board and have the children sign their names to written guesses underneath all the masks. Have fun! You can use this craft all year round for any occasion too.
"The Love Bug" Items Needed: Styrofoam egg carton, red or pink pipe cleaners, red paint, small red heart shaped stickers. Cut the bottom of the carton into fours. (One carton can make four bugs) Paint heart shapes on the top of each section. Insert pipe cleaner into the first section and form a heart shape for the antenna. Use heart shaped stickers for the eyes. This is a really fun craft for the kids and they make wonderful gifts for the parents or grandparents! Variation: This can also be done as a caterpillar with many colors.
Valentines box for valentines day we bought red heart boxes. I hot glued lace around the edges. I mixed glitter with Elmer's glue, and had the children paint the top of the boxes with this. They then added beads, pretty buttons, and any type of little trinkets. The moms loved them and they were very simple and easy for the children to do.
For Valentine's Day. Use white paper plates, colored hearts and various collage materials. Place collage materials around edge of the plate to form a circle or wreath. Place hearts and other items in the middle as decoration.
Valentine's Day Card
You will need 2 different valentine colors (pink, red, white, purple) per child. Trace one hand with fingers closed on one color paper and then the other on the other color. Glue the two hands together with the thumbs facing each other and the hands should be overlapping a little. With a black permanent marker write: Happy Valentine's Day!
Love, (child's name)
*I have the children who know how to write their own names. I help the
ones who don't.
From poster board trace and cut a heart then inside a heart trace just a little bit smaller heart. Give each child a glue and small cups or container with dry beans. Next children will put a glue around first heart and glue beans ,so the beans are going to make a frame for the second heart . For example we used red beans ,lima beans and black beans . Inside children can write valentine's day greeting ,like "I love you" etc. It is a great idea and no heart is the same! The children using they own imagination to create!
Valentine "I love You" card
Need: red, pink, white construction paper or cardstock, scissors, glue, marker
Trace and cutout child's hand from desired colored paper. Cut another colored paper in half (taco cut). Fold down the middle and ring finger of the hand and glue down - this will give you the sign "I love you" in sign language. Glue the hand to the bottom of the construction paper. At the top of the paper print "I Love You" then sign name. Some of my preschoolers went as far as making fingernails on the middle and ring fingers. I've had a lot of compliments on this project.
Place the following poem inside a heart cutout, and let the children use a red stamp pad to put their fingerprints along the outer edge of the heart. The children may sign their own name at the bottom if age appropriate.
Dirty little fingerprints On windows, doors, and walls; Prints that tell you I've been by.. Cards to mark my call.
Now they are a nuisance, But soon I'll grow so tall... You'll miss those little tokens That told you I was small.
And so to make sure that you'll remember me this way, I've made this heart just for you on Valentine's Day!
For our February hall bulletin board, I had each of the children paint two large precut hearts red or dark pink, then when they were dry I stapled them together, stuffing with tissue paper before sealing them. Then the class used heart-shaped cookie cutters to print a variety of heart sizes and colors on a piece of white bull. board paper to fit our board. When dry, the paper was put up, the 3-d hearts were added, and I added the caption "Jesus Loves Me" in red fun foam letters. Our "song of the month" for February is "Jesus Loves Me". If you teach in a public setting, you could change the caption to something like Valentine Friends.
(Puffy Hearts) mix together Elmer's glue, shaving cream and red tempra paint let children fingerpaint then cut out heart shapes and you have pretty puffy hearts.
Cut out different sized hearts out of different colored paper. Use one large heart for a head and smaller hearts for ears, eyes, nose, mouth, etc. See what different kinds of animals the children can come up with. We have been able to make mice and cats by adding fishing string for whiskers. Elephants can be made by adding an accordion strip of paper with a heart on the end for the trunk.
Valentine card.. Cut a heart shape out of sand paper. Let the child cut out a slightly smaller heart shape out of red paper. Glue on top the sand paper heart. Glue a cotton ball on top of the red heart. The saying?..."I may be a little rough around the edges, but I've got a soft spot in my heart for you!
For each child: TP roll paint (pink, purple, red, fuchsia) heart sequins regular sequins heart stickers small paper hearts in above colors 6 inch strips of above colors in tissue paper
Have children paint their tp rolls, let dry. Decorate with the sequins/stickers/paper, etc. Glue the tissue paper strips from one end of the tp roll all around the tp roll. Punch two holes on the other end to hang in the window!
Stained Glass Spring Valentines
For each child: Hollowed out construction paper heart in pink, purple, or red (I cut mine out with decorative edged scissors), sheet of wax paper to go underneath it, white glue, and many 1 inch squares of pink, white, red, fuchsia, and LIME GREEN tissue paper.
Procedure: With the heart on the waxed paper, squiggle glue all over the center, make sure the glue also touches the inside border of your hollowed out heart. Cover all the glue with the tissue paper squares! Let dry overnight. In the a.m., carefully peel away from the waxed paper and hang in your window :) Beautiful! The green adds something springy to the look :)
Spin Art Heart
For each child: 1 white construction paper heart cut out with decorative-edged scissors to fit inside a salad spinner. Tempera paint of your choice. I used fuchsia pink, purple, and red, and white. Pink glitter (optional like the deco.edged scissors)
Procedure: Place the heart in the salad spinner and let the children tell you which paint they want dropped on the heart and in which order. You can get some ordinal order practice in with questions of which color do you want first, second, third, and last? Put the lid on, hold on and let the child spin! When you take off the lid, let them sprinkle on the glitter.
We used these for a church banner, and added a background color like a frame around each heart. I also put a picture of each child inside the spin art heart losing much of the effect, but their 2nd heart they made is on the classroom bb without pictures.
Cut hearts out of red, pink, fuchsia pink, & purple tissue paper. You will also need VANO liquid starch, and a 9x12 piece of white construction paper for each child.
Simply have them 'paint' the paper with the VANO starch. Then they
place the tissue paper hearts at random and overlapping on the paper. Let
dry. Teacher cuts around the edges of the hearts from right to left, and
then glues it on a complementary 9x12 background construction paper...
black looks very striking :)
Cut many tissue paper hearts in 3D colors.
Have children 'paint' their 9x12 white piece of construction paper with vinegar! (AAAhhhh, the sensory of smell experience!) Then they place the tissue paper hearts on top of the vinegar random and over-lapping one another. Let dry. When dry the tissue paper hearts will easily peel off leaving the color print behind :)
Easy craft for the 3-year-olds!
We made a garland of "love bugs" to hang in our classroom. The kids glued two tissue paper hearts together, so that was one right side up, the other upside down. We then glued these to old-style clothespins painted red, white, or pink, and added "wiggly eyes" and pipe cleaner antennas!
Provide children with red, pink blue construction paper. Depending on their developmental stage either cut out hearts for them or allow them to cut hearts that you have already drawn. Allow children to use these shapes to make valentines heart animals. EX: mouse, or cat. When hearts have been glued together or an other color of construction paper then allow the children to color or decorate using crayons, markers, glitter lace ribbons. etc. This can be done with different shapes for other occasions Ex. eggs for Easter you could make bunnies.
We go to the post office right before Valentines day and the children mail their parents a special valentine. We have the children put their hands in white paint and then print them on red construction paper. The hands are cut out and then they attach a poem to the back and a hole is punched in each paper hand. We then measure the length of their hugs with yarn (cut) and attach both hands at each end of the yarn. The poem is: A Valentine Hug to You Wrap these hands around you whenever I'm away so you can have a hug from me anytime of day!
This is a keeper for parents.
Very cute Valentine. Cut out two hearts for each child. On the front of the first one, write "Guess how much I love you?". On the second heart write "This much!". Use butcher paper cut into 4 inch wide strips. Using the paper strip measure the child's fingertip to fingertip with arms stretched to the sides. Using the paper the length of the child's arm, fold accordion style. Glue one heart on the front and one at the back.
We made collage hearts that turned out great. I sent home Ziploc bags for the children to find things to glue to their heart. They brought back wrapping paper, material, lace, beads, even a dryer sheet! We shared all the items, and the children glued them on to pre-made hearts on construction paper. It was really neat to see their creativity in these.
Use your children's own hands to make a heart. Paint one hand with the thumb tucked in against the index finger. Working upside down, print that hand letting the heel of the hand be the upper lobe of the heart and the finger tips the point. Then paint the other hand and print it the same way, overlapping the finger tips slightly. I've used this on a sheet preprinted with a poem to use as a gift for valentines or mother's day. One class made me a tote with all of their "love" on it!
This is an idea that can be used throughout the year. Have the children print using cookie cutters (the plastic ones work the best) and tempera paint. You can do this every month and the children never seem to get tired of it! I like to use a variety of colors and papers; for example, pink, red, purple paints with heart cookie cutters on white paper. They look beautiful!
To make a Valentines Card for mom and dad cut out two large hearts and staple the top of the hearts together. On the front of the Card write the words "I love you...". On the inside of the card write the words "This Much!!!". Trace around the children's hands on construction paper and cut out. Glue each hand onto the end of a 1X7 inch strip of paper and staple the strips onto each side of the heart. Fold hands inward so that they are inside the card. Let children decorate the cards.
SIGN LANGUAGE HEARTS
You now have a heart that says "I Love You" in sign language
Buy (or ask a parent to donate) white bakery sacks and then provide the children with lots of hearts and ribbons to glue. Perfect Sacks for the Valentine Party
Valentine Sweetheart Sweatshirts/T-Shirts: Materials Needed: White sweatshirt/T-shirt, fabric paint, sponges cut into heart shapes, black fabric pen, wax paper. Put a piece of wax paper between shirt/sweatshirt. Dampen sponges with water. Allow children to dip sponges into paint and sponge paint several hearts on their shirts. When paint is dry, using fabric pen write sayings such as: "I'm cute" , "I'm sweet", "Luv Me", "Jesus loves Me", "Hug Me", etc., We do these every year at our arts & crafts class for the children at our Family Resource Center.
Secret message hearts: Cut heart shapes out of white paper plates. Write (pressing very hard) with a white crayon some messages... Be mine, Love ya, etc. Have the children paint over the hearts with watercolors and discover your secret message to them!
My preschoolers are SO INTO Pokemon! Anyway, knowing that they are by no means unique, I was trying to think of how to tie in Pokemon with Valentines Day. I think it's a fun way to keep a remembrance of what fad was in when they were 4 & 5 years of age.
I came up with two Date: 1-25-00s for Valentine's Day Mailboxes. Both are fairly simple, and just duplicating a Pokeball for them to decorate with hearts. idea #1: Use the harder Chinet type paper plates, each child gets 1 & 1/2. Paint what would be the undersides of the plates 1/2 of the whole one red, and the 1/2 one red also. Insides of the plates together, staple together, so that you have a pocket for their Valentines to go into. But way before that, paint, or glue, a black stripe all around the half of the 'mailbox'. At the center of your mailbox on the 1/2 plate you could glue on that little circle, is it gray? On the inside of the whole plate facing you, you could have them decorate with valentine stickers, or lacy valentine cut-outs. Does that make sense? It's like the Valentine decorations are the inside of the Pokeball :)
The other is simply a large milk carton cut down, and painted or covered with red paper. Cut two tag board circles and paint them like Pokeballs and glue them to the two opposite sides of the milk carton.
cut out a heart shaped pattern out of contact paper, get assorted colors of tissue paper in colors pink, white, and red. Cut up in circles or squares and let child collage heart. Trace the child's hand on construction paper put their name, age, school name, and date on it. Place the handprint in the middle take another piece heart shaped contact paper and place it on top. Take a hole puncher and punch holes along the edges, get ribbon and weave it through the holes leave enough ribbon for the parent to be able to hang it on the wall and they have a keepsake and a gift to remember!
Get a piece of contact paper cut it in squares ,get several wild flowers that your students can look for together. Press the flowers and let them dry out ,let child pick out flowers and stick them on to the contact paper cover it with another piece. Decorate the edges with strips of construction paper and hang them in the window. You have a stain glass made of flowers! The children really enjoy this activity.
You take a 6x6 ceramic wall tile (you can usually get them donated through a home repair store) Paint the child's hand with the color that they had picked out, place on the tile, write the child's name at the bottom. After 24 hours, put a sealer on it. You can give this away for X-mas, Valentines, Mother's day, or just because..... It makes a wonderful hot pad.
Take some red felt and cut out two identical hearts. Sew together with gold thread leaving an opening at the top. Let child decorate with puffy paint, glitter, bows, fake jewels, write their name, etc. Let dry and then fill with favorite Valentine candies. This can be made for parents, grandparents, friends, or themselves.
Pre-preschool craft- Collect enough small sized baby food jars (the tall sizes don't work well) and have the children paint the outside of the jars with glue. Once they have glued the jar have them tear up pink, red, and white tissue paper in small pieces to place onto the glue. Once they have covered the jar take a thin coat of watered down glue and use a paint brush to make sure that all of the tissue paper is wet. Let the jars sit for a day then place a votive candle inside. You can precut heart shapes out of the tissue paper for a special look but the kids really love to tear apart the paper themselves.
A Big Kiss! Collect small plastic water bottles and keep the caps. Cut the top (about one third of the way) off. Have the children help you wrap the bottle with aluminum foil leaving a "twist" at the top. Put a slip of paper out of the top, then put the cap on it and cover it with the foil. Have the children put x's and o's (XOXOXO) with red marker. I also give out kisses with them and they love it.
Stain glass hearts
Materials needed *Red and pink Constuction paper *Clear Contact cover *Tissue paper white, pink and red, cut into small squares, about an inch or two *Scissors *masking tape *hole punch * yarn or string for hanging
Cut out heart shapes ( 6 to 10 inches) of construction paper. Cut two pieces of contact cover for each heart,(same size as the construction heart) Next cut the middle of the construction paper heart out leaving a frame with about an inch or two wide. Take off the paper of one of the contact cover hearts and lay it on the table sticky side up, then lay one of the construction paper cut outs on the contact cover, Tape down the heart to the tabel with a few piece of tape is the heart stays on the table when the child put the tissue onto the contact paper or the contact cover willstick to the children's hands. Let the children fill the middle of the heart with tissue paper peices. When they are done take the other contact cover and put it on top of the heart with tissue paper. Make a hole on top of the heart with hole punch, add string and hang from window or ceiling. Looks really cool with a lot of hearts.
You can use colored Cellophane wrap along with the tissue paper or by itself. Also the children can sprinkle glitter or glitter confetti hearts.
Valentine Party Hats:
Cut a potato in half. Press a heart-shaped cookie cutter into the potato. Cut around the cookie-cutter line, leaving a raised heart.
Provide students with three-inch-wide bands of white construction paper. Put a thin layer of red tempera paint on a paper plate. Demonstrate how to stamp the potato in the paint and then onto the headbands. Let students stamp hearts on their bands. When dry, write students names and staple headbands to fit.
Valentine Letterbox Cover each side of a tissue box (4 1/4 by 5 1/4
inches) with colored paper. Do not paper over the top opening. Decorate
with valentine symbols cut from paper or fabric. Glue a paper doily around
the top opening so children can use the box to store valentines. Valentine
Animals When this art project is finished, your bulletin board will have a
menagerie of heart-warming and lovable animals. Begin by having children
cut out many, many hearts of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Then
students arrange and rearrange them to make their creations. They can use
hearts of many colors and draw in some of their animals' features. When
satisfied with their finished animals, students glue or tape the hearts
together to make them permanent. Display animals on a bulletin board
covered with white paper and trimmed with red rickrack.
Valentine Crown Cut a slit across the middle of a paper plate. Starting
about 1 inch inside the outer rim and stopping about an inch inside the
rim on the opposite side of the plate. Starting in the center of the
plate, cut four more slits to create six pie-shaped sections. Fold the
sections up to make a crown. Paint the plate red on both sides and let it
dry. Decorate the crown by gluing conversation hearts or stickers on each
Valentine Puppet Cut two hearts the same size from red construction
paper. Make them bigger than your hand. Cut four 1-inch hearts from the
red paper for the puppets hands and feet. Cut 4 rubber bands so that they
form long elastic strings. Glue the rubber bands to the sides and bottom
of one of the large hearts to form the arms and legs of the puppet. Glue
the tops of the two large hearts together with the ends of the rubber
bands between them. Leave the bottom part open to slip your hand in. Glue
a small heart to the end of each elastic arm and leg. This happy heart
puppet loves to swing its arms and legs around.
Valentine Mouse Fold a piece of red construction paper and cut a half
heart about 3 1/2 inches high on the fold. Leave the heart folded to form
the body of the mouse. Cut a smaller heart from the red paper for the head
of the mouse. Cut a slit about halfway up from the point of the heart.
Wrap two sides of the slit around to form a cone nose and staple them in
place. Use a black marker to draw eyes and a nose. Staple the head to the
pointed end of the heart body. Staple the rounded end of the body so that
it forms a pocket. Cut a tiny heart from red paper. Write PULL on the
heart and glue it to the stick end of the lollipop. Cut a heart from the
pink paper to cover the lollipop. Write your valentine message on this
heart and glue it over the wrapper. Tuck the lollipop into the body of the
mouse so that the stick end is sticking out to form the tail of the mouse.
Make a mouse for each of your friends.
Playing Card Valentine Man For each favor you will need a heart playing
card for the front and an extra card to use as the back. Only the back of
this card will show. Cut arms and legs from red pipe cleaners. Hold them
in place by stapling them between the two playing cards. Cut a
heart-shaped head from red construction paper and draw on a face with a
black marker. Staple the head to the top of the card man. Cut a smaller
heart and write the name of the friend you are giving the favor to on the
heart. Poke it onto one of pipe cleaner hands. Wrap the other arm around a
lollipop. Bend the bottom of the pipe cleaner legs to form feet. With a
little bending and arranging of the legs, these figures will stand up if
you wish to use them as table favors at a party.
Valentine's (playing) Cards Got an old deck of cards? Pull out all the
heart cards and poke holes in appropriate places for arms and legs...push
some red pipe cleaners through the holes for arms and legs. Paste a cut
out valentine on for a head and decorate with eyes and mouth. Have the
'hand' hold a lollipop...and pass to a favorite friend for a special
valentine. You can try to get the cards to stand up!!!!
House of Hug Banner Create a big hug made from butcher paper. Trace the
hand of one of the kids and attach to the sides of the banner. Use a paper
Plate to create a head for the top of the middle of the banner. Write the
following heading across the banner. Mom and dad, can you guess Who it is
that loves you best? I'll give you three guesses, 1, 2, 3. There! I knew
you'd think of me!! Hugs from me just for you Hugs to keep you from feelin'
blue Hug around the neck, hugs from me to you Hugging my parents, to say
"I love you!"
Heart Rubbings Cut out different sizes of hearts from sandpaper. Tape
hearts to table and lay a sheet of white typing paper over them. Use side
of crayon to lightly rub over hearts, making a pattern on paper.
Stuffed Heart Draw a large heart on construction paper. Cut out and
staple all around, leaving a small opening. Let kids decorate their hearts
with finger-paint, markers, or other smaller hearts from construction
paper. After drying, stuff with crumpled newspaper. Staple opening shut.
Cut long pieces of pink or red crepe paper streamers and, making a tail,
staple to bottom point of heart.
Flowery Valentine Cut heart with top on fold so card will open for
inside message. Cover front with flowers cut from seed catalogs,
magazines, or gift wrap. Overlap so that no background shows. Paste on
letters naming recipient.
Heart Puzzle Cut a large heart from red or pink tagboard. Cut into
several pieces, Have kids put their puzzle together. After they are done
playing you can have them make a card out of the puzzle pieces. You can
use a phrase like, You'll break my heart, (on the front) if you won't be
my Valentine (on the inside)."
Heart Pin Use the following recipe for playdough to make a heart shaped pin. Make the dough - then shape into hearts. Before the heart is dry press pins into back of hearts. When the heart is completely dry, paint with valentine colors. Playdough - 1 cup flour --1 cup warm water --2 teaspoons cream of tartar --1 teaspoon oil --1 cup salt --Red Food coloring Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from the pan and knead until blended smooth. Leftovers can be placed in an airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.
Valentine Holder 1 and 1/2 Styrofoam plate (for each child) ,Stapler, Hole
Punch, Colored Yarn, Kids Plastic Sewing Needle Turn � plate upside down
on the full plate. Staple in 2 - 3 spots around the edge to keep it from
slipping. Hole punch through both plates all around the sides the 2 plates
touch. Show them how to sew their plates together and then decorate with
stickers or whatever. Hang them up with ribbon and use them as mailboxes.
Valentines Day wind sock I take white tag board and cut it with a specialty scissors into 6" x 15" rectangles. The children glue precut hearts of various colors in any design/pattern they want to all over the rectangle. Next, I give the children 8 strips of tissue paper, 4 red and 4 pink cut 1 1/2" x 12". The children glue the tissue paper strips along the bottom edge of the white tagboard ( on the back side). I then staple the tagboard into a tube for the children and punch a hole on two sides of the tube at the top so the children can put a piece of red yarn through to hang their wind socks. Depending on the ability of my class, I sometimes have the children glue a colored paper heart at the bottom of the tissue paper strip and then have them write a letter on each heart to spell out "I love you"
Valentine's Buddy Cut one large heart from red or pink construction
paper for the body. Trace the child's hands on another color and cut them
out, paste them on the sides of the heart for the buddy's hands. Trace the
children's feet on black construction paper, cut them out. Cut two strips
of white construction paper for the legs about 1" wide and 12"
long, accordion fold them. Attach one end of leg to the heart body and the
other end to the foot, doing the same for both legs. Glue wiggle eyes and
a pom pom nose, draw a mouth. For added decoration you can glue on small
Valentines Day noise maker For Valentines Day.....Cut out paper
hearts and glue them to small paper plates. Staple the plates together
leaving an opening to put popcorn or dry beans inside, then staple it all
up and have the kids shake away!! Singing a valentine song. children love
to dance and make noise!!! Lots of fun!!!
Heart Flowers Cut out hearts (either red or pink) for flower. Cut out
two smaller green hearts for leaves. Glue flower to the top of the Popsicle
stick and the leaves to the middle of the stick. Draw a face on the flower
and give as a gift to your friend or parent!
Lace Heart You need a piece of moldable, but kind of stiff wire, and twice the length of a "thread-able" lace (lace that has a seam tape binding, like most eyelet laces). "Thread" the wire through the lace and wrap the wire ends together. Mold the wire into a heart shape. Add ribbons, bows, or other appropriate decorations.
Buy wooden hearts at a craft store..glue on pin backs- give the children assorted buttons to glue on the heart...add some seed pearls and some gold glitter and you have a wonderful gift for Mom. Spray painting the wood gold before hand makes it look super...A friend and I have been doing these for years and have our neck of the woods all decorated for Valentines Day.
I provide childcare fo r children under the age of 2. We finger painted in cool-whip tinted pink with food color. I first masking taped down some wax paper for their area and then dolloped down large spoonefuls for each. they LOVED it!!!
Depending on the amount of children will depend on how much cinnamon and applesauce you will need. I have never measured the amounts. You have to go by feel. I use one large jar of applesauce (smooth kind) and a large quantity of cinnamon. I bought 1 lb. containers of cinnamon at Sam's Club (less$). You, the adult may want to try this on your own first. Put some applesauce and quite a bit more cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon. The mixture comes out like a clay.You use a lot of the cinnamon. You want to make sure the dough or clay is not too dry. It should be moist similar to playdough. When you have a desired amount mixed, remove it from the bowl and knead until smooth. The children like doing this. Then, with wooden rollers, roll the clay out to about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. With heart cookie cutters, cut out hearts. Using a straw, punch a hole in the heart under the section where the heart comes together far enough from the edges. On trays or cardboard, place hearts to dry. Have the child's name by their heart. This activity takes a few days because of the drying time. Turn the hearts over the next day, letting the children do their own. Let them dry for another day. When they are dry, have the child write with white, pink or red craft paint (with help) mom or whatever they want. Let the paint dry. Then put a piece of thin ribbon, white, pink or red through the hole and tie it. It smells wonderful and mom can hang it in her closet or wherever she wants. These can break, but I've been doing this in several classes and never had a child's break. You can make a few extra, just in case. I used this with 4 and 5 yr. olds. It may seem complex, but it isn't really and it's very different. Hands may feel a little dry after kneading the dough. of cinnamon to a little applesauce.
teacher cuts out tissue paper hearts of different colors. Children cut out a Large White heart. I fold the paper and draw the heart shape on the paper for kids to cut. Children wet the white paper with water then place the hearts on the paper. Then with a paint brush wet the tissue hearts. Allow the hearts to dry then remove tissue.
"Thumb-ody Loves You"
I found a great art activity in Mailbox this past year & tried it out, it was so GREAT! To make a thumbprint hearts arrangement, cut various sizes of heart shapes from white or pink construction paper (or both like I did). Use red tempera paint, decorate the hearts with thumprints. Set the hearts aside to dry. Personalize and write "Thumb-ody Loves You!" on a 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of white paper (at bottom write childs name). Tape the paper around a clean 12-ounce juice can. Glue a painted heart to the front of can; then glue the remaining hearts to craft sticks. Press a small amount of clay into the bottom of the decorated can (or plaster of paris-like I did) then tuck a section of red or valentine's day tissue paper into the can. Insert the sticks through the paper into the clay or into the plaster. (I used 5 craft sticks-2 in the front of the can with small hearts, 2 right behind them with 2 bigger hearts & one in the back with the biggest heart. I hope it makes as big a hit in your classroom as it did in mine. Thanks to Mailbox.
Name: Gina... E-Mail: email@example.com
I let the children fingerpaint on a tray with red and white paint.
When they are done I put a piece of paper towel or construction paper on the tray and gently rub to transfer the paint to the paper (towel).
You (or the child) can cut the paper into a heart shape before or after putting it on the tray.
Name: Linda E-Mail: LLJRSKI@aol.com
For a Valentine's card (or you could do this for Mother's Day), we cut hearts out of pink paper. Then we let the kids glue on a doily over most of the heart. They used colored pink glue and spread that over the doily with popsicle sticks. Then they glued on potpourri (roses scented) on doily. We punched a hole in the top and put a pink ribbon through the top. The mom's loved it!
P.S. Make sure the kids do not put potpourri in their mouths. The room sure smelled good after this activity!
Name: Michelle E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valentine Friendship Necklace
clear cling wrap
red, white or/and pink curly ribbon.
Place the cling wrap into a rectangle piece. Have the child place the kisses along the bottom leaving a small space in between. Then roll the wrap tighty around, starting at the bottom and working towards the top. When you are finished the kisses should be in the wrap all rolled, like a snake. The child then ties the curly ribbon between each piece of candy. I encourage my kindergarteners to use patterns. When finished we trade with a friend!
Name: Brenda E-Mail: email@example.com
I put a white piece of bullentin board paper up. Each child chooses either red or pink to paint their hands. They put their hand prints on the paper. Then I write their name under it. We add the saying - "A Show of Hands .... We LOVE Jesus!! We usually put the saying on two red hearts. Then we add heart border.
Name: Amber E-Mail: AmberP813@aol.com
For a Valentine's keepsake I had my students make a clay dough heart shaped necklace. Here's the recipe for the clay dough:
3 c. flour
1 c. salt
1 c. water
1/2 c. oil
red food coloring
Mix ingredients together in bowl. Children can shape their claydough using cookie cutters. Bake the clay dough at 225 degrees for 2 hours, rotating during and after baking them. I shellaced the hearts when they were done so the children will be able to keep them for a long time.
Name: Sally E-Mail: Spinny002@aol.com
Using an empty heart-shaped candy box, cut white construction paper hearts the same size as the inside of the box. Students place one of the paper hearts in the box along with marbles dipped in red and pink paint. Close the box and roll the marbles around for a pretty Valentine.
Name: Toni E-Mail: TA01@cybang.esc4.tenet.edu
This is a great idea for the 4-5 year-olds. It includes practice on fine motor skills and following directions, as well as allowing for free art expression using a variety of different materials.
SEW and STUFF a HEART
You'll need: large heart shapes cut from construction paper or card stock
newspaper or paper towels
markers and/or crayons
scissors and glue sticks
lace, doilies, valentines, other paper items for decorating
1. For each child, punch holes all around the edges of two identical heart shapes. (I tried letting my kids punch the holes, but it was a bit difficult.)
2. Allow each child to decorate the two heart shapes with provided art supplies.
3. When decorated, have the children "sew" through the holes until they are almost all the way around. Leave room enough to "stuff" before finishing the sewing.
4. Stuff paper inside the heart to give it a puffy appearance.
5. Have the children finish their "sewing" and help them tie off.
6. Presto! Pretty stuffed heart pillow!!
(Note: This activity can be used with many themes; just change the shape of the pillow to something revelant to what you are studying!)
Name: Cheryl E-Mail: Tugboat63@aol.com
Valentine Gift For Mom and Dad
Cut out a red heart from heavy construction paper and a smaller one from a paper lace doily. Take a picture of the child with their arms spread out wide. Glue the photo on the lace heart doily and the doily onto the red heart. Put the words" I Love you this much" below and you have a cute Valentine card straight from the heart.
Name: Sue E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children are always surprised to see how a heart shape can be created from a folded piece of paper. I make a stencil of half a heart and show children how to place it on the fold of a sheet of construction paper and trace it. They love to see the heart that they created when they cut and unfold their drawing.
Name: Gina... E-Mail: email@example.com
I let the children fingerpaint on a tray with red and white paint.
When they are done I put a piece of paper towel or construction paper on the tray and let the children gently rub to transfer the paint to the paper (towel).
You (or the children) can cut the paper into a heart shape before or after putting it on the tray.
Name: Andrea E-Mail: ACERKANO@AOL.COM
Cut out a heart on white construction paper. The have the children take pieces of colored tissue paper and spread the tissue paper all over and covering the heart. Once that is done let them paint the tissue paper onto the heart using only water. Set aside and let tissue paper dry. Once paper is dry, kids can peel it off and have a ty-dye heart.
Name: Eva E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, my preschoolers made valentine gifts for their parents that was a combination of several of the ideas I saw posted here. The children glued small scraps of pink, red, & white crape paper on used (cleaned!) ice cream cups. We then traced their hands on red construction paper, cut out the hand, then glued the two middle fingers down so the hand said "I love you" in sign language. We glued the hand onto the decorated ice cream cup. We then wrapped some Hershey Kisses & Hershey Hugs in some red tissue paper and placed it in the decorated ice cream cup. The parents love it!
Valentine Present For Mom and Dad-- Pot-o-kisses
Small clay pots ( You can buy various sizes at craft stores)
Sponges cut into shapes
Several bags of Hershey's Kisses
Have the children sponge paint on their pot. Let dry. Let the children fill their pots with the kisses. Wrap the pot up with colored Saranwrap and tie with ribbon. Enjoy!!!
Corn Syrup Hearts
Cut two large hearts out of wax paper for each child. Make corn syrup paint by mixing food coloring into corn syrup. Give the children OLD paintbrushes (this is very sticky) and have them paint one of the hearts. When they are done painting, have then children put the other heart on top of their painted heart. Let dry for a couple of days and then hang in the window.
Valentine Memory Books
For Valentine's, have the children make memory books. Give them a book with about 12 blank pages in it. Have them paste their Valentine's in the book. Have them decorate their books with markers, crayons, collage materials, etc.
Name: Heidi E-Mail: email@example.com
As a small group activity, my class thinks of someone that they love. We draw these people on large sheets of construction paper. I hole punch the art work and make a cover with the title "Our Love Book" and assemble the childrens' artwork into a book that is placed in the book area. The kids love seeing their art in a book!
Name: jean E-Mail: JEng468066
Valentine Gift for Mom
Have the kids make a valentine gift for mom by using an 8 oz clear plastic cup. Use watered down glue to attach pieces of red, pink, and white tissue paper on the outside of the cup. Put in a tea light and you have a candle voltive.
Name: Dawn E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grate red, purple, and pink crayons into small pieces. Cut heart shapes from waxed paper. Place crayon shavings on one heart shape and place another heart shape over the crayon shavings. Gently place a warm iron over the top until the crayons have melted together. This makes a beautiful sun catcher.
Name: Maureen E-Mail: j..email@example.com
Friendship Shirts For Valentines Day
Have children bring in a white t-shirt. Using fabric paint make a big heart on each one and then have each child in the class dip their finger in the paint and make a fingerprint on the shirt. Write (print )their name next to the print, and continue until all have done it. Teachers can do this too!
Name: Linda E-Mail: LLJRSKI@aol.com
Since I teach toddlers, it must be very simple. I usually cut out two sizes of hearts, in pink, red and white. I punch a hole in the middle with a hole punch first. Then I let them string the necklaces with yarn (using masking tape on one end to make it easier to string.)
Cut heart shapes out of different grains of sand paper. Tape the hearts to your art table. Let the children place a piece of paper over the hearts and make a rubbing with crayons.
Cut heart shapes out of sponges. Add heart shaped cookie cutters, tempera paint, and paper. Let the children dip the sponges and cookie cutters into the paint to make prints on the paper.
Name: ginny E-Mail: Msginnyedu@aol.com
Make your mailboxes, we do ours using shoeboxes wrapped in aluminum foil (no gluing!), decorated with stickers and labels with the kids names or signs (I make the labels by the page on my computer, each kid has a page for when we do activities, they just find their name, pull and stick). Leave them in a "Post Office" area of the room, let the children take a "mail bag" with "mail/valentine's" and practice the song: "I wrote a letter to a friend and on the way I lost it...have another child "find" the letter and put it in the mail box. When addressing Valentine's we use labels again, I give each child a sheet with all their friends names and signs (High Scope) and they pull off and attach to the envelopes, then match and mail.
Name: Pat E-Mail: Pattypre@aol.com
Have the child trace their hand, with all finger spread open. The child will then cut out the hand, glue it onto a heart and bend the two middle fingers down making the American Sign Language sign for "I love you". The child can then glue that onto a large heart that is hanging in the hall or make a Valentine card.
Name: ginny E-Mail: Msginnyedu@aol.com
Valentine "Kisses" Paper
Check with parents first to be sure child is not allegeric or sensitive to cosmetics. Using lipstick, pink and red, we take Q-tips and paint each child's lips. Let them "kiss" white butcher paper strips all over to make designs. Lightly spray with fixative (such as Krylon) when done so that the lipstick doesn't smear.
Name: ginny E-Mail: Msginnyedu@aol.com
Using muffin tin liners that have Valentine designs, red, pink, white pipe cleaners, have children pinch and twist bottom of liner and attach a pipe cleaner to it by wrapping around the pinched end. Add green construction paper leaves to the pipe cleaner stems. These can be made into bouquets, corsages or boutonniere's, depending on what the child wants. If you make the bouquet use green tissue paper to wrap it and some heart garland to tie it off.
Name: ginny E-Mail: Msginnyedu@aol.com
Give each children a tray with an assortment of hearts of different sizes and color. Use both positive and negative pieces if using Ellison die cuts. We also put out hearts to trace and hearts already traced on the different colors for the children who can and want to cut on their own. Include pipe cleaners (arms & legs), yarn (hair) and wiggly eyes (be sure these are appropriate for age of children). The children then create people using these materials. My Assistant and I make people along with the children, talking about where will we put our eyes, mouth, or "look what does this person need?? Arms, legs, can you help me??", etc. This helps the children by modeling and encouraging language, yet doesn't make them create it just like ours. Let them "name" their "loved one" and then string the people up and let them dance around the room.
Name: Claudia E-Mail: unlisted
For Valentines day I have kindergarten trace 4 small red hearts, 1 small pink heart, and 1 large red heart. Also I have 4 long strips of red paper for each student.
We carefully cut out all our hearts.
We crinkle (acordian fold) the strips of paper.
Then each small red heart is glued on the paper strips for hands and feet. Each strip is then glued on the large red heart for arms and legs. The pink heart is glued on the large red heart for a nose. Eyes are drawn by hand. for the mouth we use red glitter and glue.
When it is all finished we have our lovebugs to take home.
Buy some heart shaped pasta. I normally can find this at Trader Joes or at a "specialty" grocery store. Have the children string the hearts on yarn to make really cook necklaces. You can also add some other "valentine colored" pasta for more pizzaz!
Cut out large heart shapes from construction paper. Have the hearts and bowls of red, pink, and white tempera paint on your art table. Have the children dribble the paint on the hearts with a spoon. Fold the hearts over and smoosh the paint all around. Open up the hearts and see the cool designs that the paint made!
Vinegar Heart Pictures
Have the children use a paint brush to cover a white piece of construction paper with white vinegar. Then, let the children place pre-cut red and pink tissue paper hearts all over the construction paper. When the vinegar dries, the tissue paper will fall off and will leave read heart prints.