Valentine’s Day Art

Contact_FullName:
Karen
Contact_Email:
sunshine@tradewind.net
Date: 1-31-00

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!

Contact_FullName:
Hailey
Contact_Email:
HaileyBK@aol.com
Date: 1-31-00

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.

Contact_FullName:
Tami
Contact_Email:
elsh@swbell.net
Date: 1-30-00

SIGN LANGUAGE HEARTS

*Cut a large heart template out of cardboard or tag board, have the children trace and cut the color construction paper of their choice
*have the children then trace and cut their own hands out of any paper (skin tone is really neat)
*have the children glue the hand on the heart, gluing the middle finger and ring finger to the palm
You now have a heart that says “I Love You” in sign language

Contact_FullName:
Rebekah Anderson
Contact_Email:
rslba@aol.com
Date: 1-27-00

Heart Collage
Provide a cardboard/tag board heart for the children to trace onto construction paper (color is their choice) and then they cut it out. Then provide them with small hearts that are already cut out (Ellison 1″ is nice) and lots of glue!

Contact_FullName:
Rebekah Anderson
Contact_Email:
rslba@aol.com
Date: 1-27-00

Valentine Sacks

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

Contact_FullName:
April
Contact_Email:
acox@abts.net
idea

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.

Contact_FullName:
karen
Contact_Email:
vpdefran@aol.com
Date: 1-25-00

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!

Contact_FullName:
HMarie
Contact_Email:
Twisted_candi@hotmail.com
Date: 1-25-00

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 ūüôā

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.

Contact_FullName:
corey
Contact_Email:
sos43@webtv.net
Date: 1-25-00

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!

Contact_FullName:
corey
Contact_Email:
sos43@webtv.net
Date: 1-25-00

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.

Contact_FullName:
Tari
Contact_Email:
tarrau@aol.com
Date: 1-25-00

You take a 6×6 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.

Contact_FullName:
Caroline Thompson
Contact_Email:
sissyy2000@aol.com
idea

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.

Contact_FullName:
Sherri
Contact_Email:
sherri@pcpartner.net
idea

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.

Contact_FullName:
Jill
Contact_Email:
JKF0708
1-20-00

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.

Contact_FullName:
Loretta
Contact_Email:

Date: 1-19-00

Cut out heart shapes in different sizes and colors. On white construction paper trace the child’s hand and put a large heading at the top – A HANDFUL OF HEARTS FOR YOU. The child then glues on the hearts shapes you have cut out.( wherever they want) We have either used this idea as a card for the parents or we send the cards to our local Veteran’s Hospital. Our elementary school visits the Veterans Hospital each year on Valentines Day so it is easy for our preschool classes to send a special valentine to a vet.

Contact_FullName:
Sue
Contact_Email:
preschool@pcpostal.com
Date: 1-9-00

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.

Contact_FullName:
Sharon
Contact_Email:
SCLLNS@AOL.COM
Date: 1-9-00

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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
Date: 1-9-00

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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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 point.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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!!!!

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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!”

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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).”

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
Valentine Holder 1 and 1/2 Styrofoam plate (for each child) ,Stapler, Hole Punch, Colored Yarn, Kids Plastic Sewing Needle Turn ¬ł 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.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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”

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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 hearts.

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
Valentine‚Äôs Day noise maker For Valentine‚Äôs 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!!!

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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!

Contact_FullName:
Crystal
Contact_Email:
Crystalann76@hotmail.com
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.

Name:
Rita W. Neher
E-Mail:
RNeher@aol.com

Date: 4-18-99

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.

Name:
Teresa
E-Mail:
FABDXN4@aol.com

Date: 4-18-99

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!!!

Name:
Sandy
E-Mail:
arinna@juna.com

Date: 3-14-99

CINNAMON HEARTS

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.

Name:
Mary Jo
E-Mail:

Date: 1-20-99

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.

7-30-98

Name: Dena

E-Mail: DSANGELI@aol.com

“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.

2-23-98

Name: Gina… E-Mail: burkhard@ecsu.campus.mci.net

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.

2-19-98

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!

2-12-98

Name: Michelle E-Mail: mkoch@mother.esu1.k12.ne.us

Valentine Friendship Necklace

Use

candy kisses

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!

2-11-98

Name: Brenda E-Mail: weaverb1@hotmail.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.

2-10-98

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.

2-10-98

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.

2-9-98

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

yarn

hole punch

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!)

2-9-98

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.

2-9-98

Name: Sue E-Mail: clew@texasonline.net

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.

2-8-98

Name: Gina… E-Mail: burkhard@ecsu.campus.mci.net

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.

2-7-98

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.

2-2-98

Name: Eva E-Mail: efreim@aol.com

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!

1-25-98

Name: Daylene

Valentine Present For Mom and Dad– Pot-o-kisses

Materials

Small clay pots ( You can buy various sizes at craft stores)

Sponges cut into shapes

Several bags of Hershey’s Kisses

Colored Saranwrap

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!!!

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Name: Daylene

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.

Name: Daylene

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: hsstark@bright.net

Love Book

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: scc.dawn@ttlc.net

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..myers@worldnet.att.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

Heart necklaces

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.)

Name: Daylene

Heart Rubbings

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.

Name: Daylene

Heart Prints

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

Valentine Mail

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

Valentine Flowers

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

Heart People

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

Lovebug Craft

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.

Heart Necklaces

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!

Heart Smooshies

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.

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