Valentine’s Day Crafts
For a Valentines BB at our church hallway, all of the children made Valentines to God! Most of them cut out a heart on colored paper and then glued it to another paper. They came out all different sizes and colors – and that worked great. They wrote thing on them like: “I love you God”, “thanks for helping me with my problems”, “thanks for saving me”, and some even wrote their favorite bible verse. They also used colors to decorate them, just like a regular valentine. I used a God is Love border, but you could really use any solid color, especially red. Because they had all been glued to square or rectangular shaped paper, I was able to make a quilt type thing out of them. It covered the board with lots of color and the adults all loved them – and the kids were so proud of themselves.
For Valentine’s bb, we made fish, octopus, and other sea creatures out of hearts. We painted butcher paper blue, and called it “The Sea of Love”.
Ink Blot Hearts
Have the children cut pre-drawn hearts out of construction paper and fold it in half. Open the hearts back up and lay them flat on the table. Next have the children spoon different colors of paint onto one side of their hearts. Refold the heart and using their hands have the children rub the outside of the heart. When you open it back up you will have ink blot hearts.
I made Jello paint with the children, using 1 small pkg. Jello mixed with 1/4 cup of water. I used different colors of Jello to fit the Themes. (Red for Valentine and Christmas, Black and Orange for Halloween, etc.) The children really enjoy this because the paint is very sparkly and it has a very nice smell.
Precut a large heart (Red or Pink).
Write the words I love You with black markers. Then outline the I love you with Elmer’s glue and then sprinkle on Red glitter. Let dry. Have each student put this cut heart under their chin and snap a photo. Let the students make a frame and WaLa you have a great Valentine presents for Mom And Dad.
Cooperative marble painting-Trace and cut out a large heart shape onto white construction paper. Draw a jagged line down the center of the heart-dividing it in half . On each half of the heart print: “We are friends, this is true. So here is half of my heart from me to you”. Pair students together. Place their heart into a shallow tray or bakery box. Roll several marbles in red, pink, and purple paint. Put the marbles into the box with the heart. The students need to work together to roll the marbles around the box, creating interesting designs with the paint. When the heart is dry, write on both halves of the heart, the names of the students who worked together and the date. Each student gets to take one half of the heart home! A nice reminder of school time friends!
I took an empty candy box that had the divided sections in it and glued pictures of each student in each section. In the remaining empty sections, I glued valentine stickers and colored paper hearts for color.
I hung this on my door, with a banner that read “Valentine sweets”
(my box was hinged, so you may have to make a hinge for yours) The children and the parents love to see what’s in the box!
Every Valentine’s day, we create Valentine’s boxes for the valentines we will be receiving from our classmates. We ask parents to donate a shoe box for their child and we spray paint it white or red. We have the children decorate it with lace, hearts, sticker, heart doilies, glitter, confetti, beads, bows tissue and any other collage items you can think of…The children can write their names on it when finished. We have them sit with it at the circle or at the table at our valentines party as each child puts Valentine’s card into the box.
Cut out a heart in red construction paper and paint both of each child’s hands white and make their handprints inside the heart with their fingertips at the bottom point of the heart. My parents loved them and the kids loved it too.
A playdough handprint heart for parents/grandparents, etc. Use the playdough recipe to make soft playdough. Fill a heart shape cake pan half full of pink playdough. Make sure the top is as smooth and even as possible. Place a child’s hand in the center of the heart and create a nice handprint. Bake at 200 until hardened. Be careful not to brown. Allow cooling completely before removing from cake pan. Use a small cookie cutter to create 1″ hearts. Bake and harden. If you don’t have a small cookie cutter, you can use pre-cut foam heart-shaped hearts. Using hot glue, place two smaller darker pink playdough hearts on the top left-hand side of the large heart. Using a fine point black marker, write how old the child is in years on one small heart, and months on the other. Now on the right-hand side of the large heart add one small darker pink playdough heart. Using the marker, write the child’s name. Playdough Recipe:
21/4 C Flour
1 C Salt
1 Tsp. Cream of Tartar
4 Tbsp. Veg. Oil
11/2 C Boiling Water
Red Food Coloring
Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar. Add food coloring to water and add to mixture. Blend well.
This is a great gift for loved ones!