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Valentine's Day is just around the corner - the ultimate day to tell family and friends just how much they mean to us. And here at Kidzapp we jump at any chance to work on a fun craft! So we've rounded up ten cool Valentine's Day crafting activities for you and the kids to have fun with. They're colourful, cheerful, easy to make, and don't need much in the way of raw materials. Scroll down for some ideas to mark the day, and keep those kiddos busy and creative at home!
We decorate for Ramadan and Christmas, why not decorate for Valentine's Day? Get the kiddos into the mood for the Day of Hearts with this cool wreath! The activity is both fun for the kiddos and bring some loving cheer into your home. It's a simple craft needing only colored paper, paper plates, and glue. So craft away and show some love!
--WHAT YOU'LL NEED--
Paper (cardstock or construction); paper plate; ribbon; scissors; glue; heart template (printable in Website Link)
Print the heart template on colored paper. There are three different sized hearts per page.
Cut out the hearts. If you are working with younger kids, you could point out the different sizes and ask them to sort hearts in order from smallest to biggest or biggest to smallest before working on your wreath.
Cut out the inner part of the paper plate leaving the outer rim intact. This will form the wreath frame.
Glue hearts onto the paper plate until you feel like you have enough hearts on your heart wreath.
Add a ribbon to the back of the plate to hang the wreath.
Nothing says Valentine's Day like flowers! So go ahead and make your own bouquet that won't wilt. Tissue paper flowers are an easy-to-make craft that's perfect for the occasion. Your kiddos will particularly love this craft because it allows them to create decor that can be used and admired. The materials you need are easy to find, and this activity is also great for practicing cutting skills.
1 green chenille stem/pipe cleaner; 1 sheet of green cardstock paper or construction paper (for optional leaves); 3 sheets (12-by-6-inch sheets or larger) of colored tissue paper; ruler; scissors
Stack three sheets of tissue paper on top of one another, line them up, and cut into 12-by-6-inch sheets. (For larger flowers, use bigger sheets and cut to your desired size).
Once cut to size, be sure your sheets of tissue paper are stacked and lined up once again before you begin folding your tissue paper.
Start with the shorter side (in this case, the 6-inch side) and make a 1-inch fold to start off an accordion fold.
Once you have made a 1-inch fold in your stacked tissue paper edge, turn your tissue paper stack over for the next fold, then turn it back for the fold after that.
Keep folding and turning over the paper until you have an accordion-style narrow strip of tissue paper.
Take your scissors and trim the ends of the stacked tissue paper strip so that you have a rounded edge. This will help your tissue paper petals have a rounded appearance, like the petals of a real peony, when you unfold the flower later.
Be sure to trim both ends of your folded tissue paper stack.
Add the stem. To ensure the stem is centered, fold the tissue strip in half and place the green pipe cleaner or chenille stem at the fold. Loop the "stem" around the middle of the folded tissue paper strip. Twist the pipe cleaner onto itself to hold the tissue paper strip in place.
Gently peel open the layers. Starting on one side, begin opening up the tissue paper folds you made. Be sure to pull apart the folds evenly from both ends.
Separate the tissue paper sheets. Gently separate the tissue paper sheets to unfold the petals of your flower. It will quickly begin to look like a beautiful blossom.
You can cut leaf shapes out of the green paper and glue those to the stem for a more "real" look.
Create a bouquet by combining several of the flowers together. Display them in a vase or give them to a loved one!
Blast off into crafty happiness with this Valentine Rocket Ships craft made from popsicle sticks and paper! Then use them as heart themed decor, for pretend play pieces, or turn them into “valentines” by adding a to/from on the back and gifting them to a friend or loved one.
Jumbo Popsicle Sticks (3 per rocket ship craft); mini Popsicle Sticks (2 per rocket ship craft); glue; craft paint (in any color you like!); foam paint brush; small paper plate; Valentine’s Day themed scrapbook paper or cardstock paper; orange colored cardstock; heart paper punch; optional – craft glitter, rhinestones, feathers etc.
Glue your popsicle sticks together to look like a fence. Lay the three jumbo popsicle sticks next to each other and then the two mini across. Set aside to let it dry completely. Repeat for each Valentine rocket you want to make.
Now you are ready for paint. Squirt your craft paint on the paper plate. Have the kiddos paint them however they like.
Next grab your scrapbook paper and cardstock. Cut out a triangular top for the rocket ship, as well as a pretty heart embellishment for the center and orange flames on the bottom.
To finish off your Popsicle Stick Valentine Rocket Ship – have the kiddos glue on their cardstock pieces, as well as any other embellishments they see fit
What's Valentine's Day without Cupid?! Get crafting with the kiddos and make your own bow and arrow and shoot some love!
Yarn; paper tapes in pastel colors; washi tape in golden color; twigs / nature sticks – one 12 inches and another 6 inches long; feathers; cardboard; scissors.gt
Collect sticks that are smooth, long and flexible when you go for your nature walks. If the sticks are rough, sand them down with sandpaper and a dull knife. Take the longer stick and decorate with paper tapes / washi tapes. This will be the bow.
Using yarn, make multiple twists at one end and knot it in place. Now bend the stick into a small arc and wrap the yarn securely at the other end to form a bow. Leave some length on the string to tie the feathers.
Trace a triangle on a cardboard piece and cut it to form an arrow tip. Cover with gold washi tape.
Decorate the arrow with tiny strips of washi tape again like you did with the bow. Add diagonal strips at the bottom and secure in place to create the fletching using a glue gun if required. Fletching is the material at the end of the arrow which helps guide it as it flies.
Nock the arrow (slice a little slit in the wood). Take a knife and cut a slit at the end without the arrowhead to make the nock. This will help the string guide the arrow. Make as many arrows as you need.
Looking for something with minimal effort and packs a bag-load of fun? Then this Heart Hunt Game is for you! Turn Valentine's Day indoors into a fun scavenger hunt! Scatter hearts across your home and have your littles hunt them down.
Craft foam or cardboard; scissors; paper lunch bags
Cut out a whole bunch of hearts from the craft foam/cardboard. You could also decorate the paper bags
Then hide those hearts! Decide which rooms/areas you want to cover with the hunt, and start hiding. You could stick hearts to windows, on chair arms, and next to table legs.
Hand out the bags, and explain to the kiddos that they are going on a heart hunt, and they need to place all the hearts they can in their bags.
Love is for nature too, not just our fellow humans! Since Valentine’s Day falls during winter, when birds have the most difficulty finding food, your kiddo will be happy to show some love to their feathered friends with this fun bird-feeder, which can double as a fun indoor decoration too.
Pipe cleaners; string/twine; Froot Loop cereal (or any other circle-shaped cereal)
Have the kiddos string the Fruit Loops onto the pipe cleaners. You can start by forming the heart and then letting them add the cereal, or let them string first and then form the heart.
Once the cereal is strung and the heart formed bring the bottom together and twist.
Lastly you can add a bit of twine to hang the bird feeder or loop it straight over a branch. Or hang it inside your home as a fun decoration.
Bring a little Valentine's Day cheer to the outdoors and spread the love to one and all! Decorate little rocks and pebbles and leave them around parks for people to find, use them for a scavenger hunt, or even as little gifts that will last forever.
--WHAT YOU WILL NEED--
Pebbles and rocks of different sizes; acrylic paint
Collect pebbles and rocks of different sizes and colors
Paint hearts onto the rocks. You could also paint the rocks if they're a dull color before you paint on the hearts
Once dry, use the rocks as giveaways, treasures in scavenger hunts, or leave them for others to find outdoors and make them smile!
What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? This Valentine's Day give these favorites a roar-some makeover using foam hearts!
Large Craft Foam Hearts – one makes TWO dinosaurs; colored cardstock; glue; scissors; small Wiggle Eyes – one per dinosaur craft; small heart stickers; optional – embellishments like holiday stickers, glitter glue, rhinestones etc.
First have the kids cut their craft heart in half. Straight up the center to make TWO equal sized dinosaur bodies.
Next grab your cardstock and scissors. Make several white (or any other color) triangular spikes for along the curved back, as well as cutting out rectangular legs and a head from the remaining cardstock.
Have the kids glue their cardstock pieces in place (preferably on the back of their craft for a seamless look in the front) as well as adding other embellishments they see fit (like glitter, heart stickers and wiggle eyes) before displaying proudly!
Valentine's Day means hearts! This q-tip painted heart art is a fun and easy Valentine’s Day project that only requires a few simple supplies. This would be a great idea for younger kids to practice making patterns, and a fun painting technique for kids of all ages!
White cardstock; printable template (available in website link); watercolor paint; acrylic paint; paintbrushes; Q-tips; scissors; paint palette; water dish.
If you are using the heart templates provided, then print them out onto white cardstock and cut them out. Kids can also make their own hearts if they like.
Kids can choose to paint their hearts first or leave them white. If you are painting your heart first, decide on a color. It's best to use watercolors for this step, you want the paint color to be light enough so the acrylic paint shows up nice and bright when painting with q-tips.
Once your heart is dry, get your acrylic paint colors ready. Use one q-tip per color. Some kids might only want to use two or three colors, while other kids will want to use five or six or more. And paint away! Make whatever pattern your heart desires.
Create a personalized Valentine using your kiddo's picture! This fun craft is part painting part photograph, and you and the kids will have a blast making them.
Paper Roll – either a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll will work;; paint – red or pink paint; photo – you’ll need to take a picture of your child pretending to hold balloons. Then print off the photo. You can print from your computer using photo paper. You can also print a photo on white cardstock; white cardstock; ultra fine point sharpie or black pen; glue stick.
First, take a picture of your child pretending to hold a balloon, and print it out
Glue the picture to a piece of white cardstock.
Take a paper roll and fold it into the shape of a heart. Once folded, it should stay in place. If you find the paper roll starting to unbend you can use an elastic to keep it in place.
Stamp the paper roll into red or pink acrylic paint and then stamp onto your white cardstock to make heart shapes. You can also use fingerprints to make fingerprint hearts, heart stickers or draw your own heart balloons.
Add enough to make it look like a bunch of balloons.
Using an ultra fine point sharpie or black pen, draw lines from the heart balloons to the hand. You do not need to draw a line for every balloon. For some of the top ones you can just draw a little line down to the next balloon. Write a note and give it to a friend or loved one!
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