Valentines Day Ideas

Well Valentines Day is just around the corner, and it’s not just for couples! Valentines Day is also an excellent time to spend some more time with our kids – and what better way to do that than with some awesome Valentines Day Crafts? Kids love craft making, and Valentines day is a great excuse to get creative with Valentines Day Cards, decor, or gifts from the heart. So without further ado, let’s bring Valentines day from a Daycare Centre and into your home. Here are some of our favorite Valentines Day crafts and activities:

1) Valentines Day Cards

This might seem like an obvious craft for Valentines Day, but handmade cards are so much more meaningful than store-bought cards – and they allow you to get creative! Children can make Valentines Day cards for classmates, friends, family members, teachers – anyone their heart so desires. The best way to create a Valentines Day card from the heart is to hand your child some paper and supplies, and let them at it. With that being said, there are plenty of other ideas out there as well. One of our favorites is the “I love you this much” card. Here’s how to make it:

What you will need:

  • Cardstock
  • Sticker letters (optional)

How to do it:

1) Trace your child’s hands onto cardstock and cut them both out.

2) Cut out a strip of paper approximately 1-2 inches thick and 6-7 inches long and fold it accordion style.

3) On one hand, use your stickers to write “I love you…” (alternatively you could have the child write it)

4) On the accordion, write “this much”

5) Glue one hand to each end of the accordion .

2) Valentines Day from a Daycare – Melted Crayon Hearts

If you’re looking for a small “heart”-felt gift for your kids to give along with their Valentines Day Cards, why not try making some melted crayon hearts? These hearts are super simple to make (though they will require some adult help and supervision), and only require a few small things that can be purchased at the Dollar Store. Here’s how to make them:

What you will need:

  • A package of crayons
  • A heart mold (these can be found at Dollar Stores, Walmart, Targets, etc).
  • An oven

How to do it:

1) Open your box of crayons and have your child peel off all of the paper

2) Preheat your over to 250 degrees

3) Break the crayons into small pieces (the smaller the better) and put them into the mold. (Feel free to mix and match colors to get some awesome swirls and designs).

4) Bake crayons for 20 minutes and wait for them to cool before removing from the mold.

3) Valentines Day from a Daycare Center – Valentines Day Snow Globes

Snow globes aren’t just for Christmas! In fact, they can be a super fun craft for kids to make for any holiday or celebration. And the best part about them? Children can add anything that fits, so it allows them to open their imagination and get creative. Here’s how to make them:

What you will need:

  • A snow globe or a mason jar
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sucker sticks
  • Ribbon or other decor (get creative)

Here’s how to do it:

1) Search for different items that you want to put into your snow globe (just make sure that they are small enough to fit).

2) You can put things into the globe by gluing them to the sucker sticks, and then gluing the sucker sticks to the lid of the jar. You can also glue things to the side of the jar, or let them float freely.

3) Once you have everything inside of the snow globe, hot glue the lid on and add some ribbon for extra decor.

4) Valentines Day from a Daycare – Valentines Day Trees

This is one of our favorite Valentines Day crafts because it allows a child’s appreciation and love to shine through. With this activity children use their “hands” as trees, and use hearts as “leaves of love”. Here’s how to do it:

What you will need:

  • Paper
  • Markers/Pens/Pencils

Here’s how to do it:

1) Trace the child’s hand onto skin colored paper and cut it out

2) Draw 5 hearts and cut them out.

3) On each heart, have the child write something they love about the person they are giving it to.

4) Glue one heart onto each finger.

5) On the hand, write “I love you because…”

5) Valentines Day from a Daycare – Valentines Day Pops

Looking for a sweet treat to hand out along with the Valentines Day Cards? Why not make your own? Marshmallow Valentines Day pops are a great way to teach your child some baking skills – and they taste great too! So how do you make them?

What you will need:

  • A bag of marshmallows (Strawberry if you can find them)
  • Chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Sticks

How to do it:

1) Melt some chocolate in a baking pot. Depending on how many marshmallows you want to make, we suggest between 4-8 oz of chocolate

2) One at a time, push your marshmallows onto the sticks

3) Dip the bottom of each marshmallow into the chocolate (about half way up)

4) Allow excess chocolate to drip off, and then add your sprinkles

5) Set marshmallows in fridge for a few minutes to allow chocolate to set

And there you have it – that’s how we do Valentines Day from a Daycare. But don’t let the creativity stop there. These are just our favorite 5 Valentines Day crafts, but the list goes on and on. Get creative, and use this crafting time share the love with your child.