Making Valentine's Day crafts can be a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday with kids, but when you have a toddler, projects like these can easily be too complicated to make them worthwhile. Fortunately, we've rounded up four cute and easy Valentine crafts that even parents of toddlers can appreciate.
Toddler heart crafts don't need to be difficult. Cut out several paper hearts in a variety of sizes (and colors if you like) and then help your toddler think of different bugs and animals they can make from them. Click on the link above to see pictures of various "love bugs" at The Active Toddler blog for inspiration.
Decorate A Mailbox
If your toddler will be receiving Valentines, consider making a "mailbox" to keep them in. The beauty of this project is that there is no right or wrong way to do it — toddlers can decorate their mailbox with items like paint, stickers, and ribbons in any way they like.
A few ideas for starting your box:
- Paint and decorate an unfinished kleenex holder from the local craft store.
- Let your toddler decorate a large piece of white craft paper with heart stamps or stencils, and then wrap a shoebox with the decorated paper.
Bake Valentine Treats
Toddlers love to spend time mixing and dumping, and baking together can be both fun and educational. Learn about counting and measuring by making Valentine Muffins, or enlist your toddler's help creating a Dessert Pizza topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Toddler Tip: Consider making your toddler his very own pizza to "decorate" however he wants, while also making a larger, edible one for the rest of the family.
A Valentine's Pinata
Young toddlers will need some help making this Valentine's Pinata from Kaboose, but it's labeled "very easy" and considered appropriate for ages 3 and up. By filling a brown paper grocery bag with treats and covering it with strips of red and pink tissue, you'll have a fun craft that doubles as a toddler-friendly party game!
What is your favorite Valentine's Day craft for toddlers?