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Heart to Heart: How to make 3 easy Valentines crafts for kids

Kate Williams

03 February 2018

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With Valentine's Day approaching, it's time to get started on some heart themed crafts. These three are designed to be as easy as possible so you can concentrate on your kids having fun, rather than stressing that your kid's art shockingly doesn't look exactly like the beautiful drawing you saw on Pinterest...

All three of these ideas are simple enough that they can be done by toddlers but they were also fun enough to keep my four and seven-year-old entertained for ages, actually I had to drag them away to have some lunch! Once your crafts are dry you can use these hearts to make garlands or decorate cards and with three ideas, there should be enough made at the end to go around parents, grandparents or anyone else who would be cheered up with a handmade Valentines card from a little artist. As a rule, if your kids are decorating something with PVA glue I'd always recommend using card rather than paper as it can hold the moisture of the glue a bit better and stops everything getting a bit too sloppy!

How to make 3 easy heart-shaped Valentine crafts for kids

3 ways to decorate hearts for an easy Valentines craft:

  1. Coloured Rice Hearts



    Recently as part of our families drive to cut down on plastic I've banned glitter from our house - it gets stuck to the kids' hands, gets washed down the sink and ends up in the ocean. I'm not going to lie, this was a hugely unpopular with my daughter who probably loves glitter more than she loves me (or we're at least on an even keel). Coloured rice isn't quite the same, but it's cheap to make and you can create as many colours you like, plus if you have any left over then it's great for sensory play. The day before just pop some rice in a bowl and then add a few drops of food colouring in, giving it a stir with a spoon - don't use your hands or you'll spend the rest of the day washing pink and blue off your fingers. Leave it to dry overnight and it should be dry and ready to use by the next day. To decorate the kids' hearts they covered them with glue and then sprinkled on the rice, at four my daughter was happy just to sprinkle the colours and mix them up while my son tried to make a pattern on his of some smaller hearts.

    What you'll need:

    • Uncooked rice
    • Food colouring, in as many colours as you'd like
    • One bowl for each colour of rice
    • A spoon for stirring
    • PVA glue
    • Red card, cut into a heart shape

    A boy ready to decorate his Valentines crafts hearts

  2. Scrunched Tissue Paper

    Tissue paper is a really nice material for kids to craft with, they can tear it into pieces themselves, it makes a nice sound when you scrunch it up and it brings a nice bit of texture to a craft. Choose a variety of Valentine's colours for your kids to craft with and then set to work tearing scrunching and glueing until your heart is filled. I'd recommend using a tray under your kids' crafts for this, for the rice it's handy for the mess but I have known the dye in tissue paper to leak onto my table before and it's not fun to try and get that out! If you'd like to try 'bleeding' your tissue paper we've made these tissue paper fish before which would be a good craft to adapt if you're using the white card.

    What you'll need:

    • Tissue paper, in a variety of Valentine's colours (we used pink, purple, red, cream and gold!)
    • Red card, cut into a heart shape
    • PVA glue
    • A tray to work on

    A little girl scrunching up tissue paper for an easy Valentines craft

  3. Paper Straws

    Paper straws are pretty but they're also a great way to help develop your kids' scissor skills (and increase the strength in their hands if they're tricky to cut!). Similarly to the coloured rice, my daughter was happy to just pop a load onto her heart while my son wanted to make his into a pattern - making it a great activity whatever their age.

    What you'll need:

    • Paper straws in a range of patterns, (try your local supermarket)
    • Scissors
    • Red card, cut into a heart shape
    • PVA glue

    A girl sticking straws to her heart Valentines craft

 

Will you be making some homemade Valentines crafts with your kids this year? Let us know in a comment below, or find more arts and crafts ideas on our blog!

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Kate Williams

03 February 2018

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Kate Williams is a mum of two young kids and a blogger at Crafts on Sea where she shares fun but achievable ideas for families. Kate is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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