Valentine’s Day is upon us and it represents a day children love to celebrate. It doesn’t mean sweethearts and lovers, it means a day to celebrate love which can be shown in so many ways. We love our friends and family, we love that special someone, and we’re supposed to love all.
Crafty Valentine’s Party
Idea – Valentine’s Cards
Why does a Valentine’s Day party have to come with ready made Valentines? Have a party where making the Valentine is the theme. Children can make a Valentine for a specific person, or they can make a generic Valentine. Or have the children draw names, that way no one is left out. Then sit down and get to creating.
Craft paper – construction paper, colored paper or thin paper plates
And anything that can be glued to a Valentine card.
Photo Frames with glass
Remove the glass from the frame and paint a masterpiece. Let the paint dry and replace the frame, instant framed painting to give to someone (think parent or guardian keepsake.)
Make sugar cookies in the shape of hearts. Decorate accordingly. Share with others.
Make bracelets and necklaces out of round candies (the kind with a hole in the middle) or out of oat or fruity cereal. Use elastic string for easy tying.
Older children can “sew” gummy bears or jelly beans into a necklace with the use of a large sewing needle.
Older Children with Younger Children Crafts
Pair older children with younger children and have the older children help the younger children create Valentine Cards.
Hand Print Keepsakes
Have the children dip the palms of their hands into the red paint and place on a paper with the thumbs and forefingers making the shape of a heart. Write their name and date along with Happy Valentine’s Day above or below it. Frame it and give it to a parent or guardian.
These Valentine Ideas can be used for other holidays as well. Substitute hearts for shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day. Or flowers and baskets and bunnies for Easter.