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Straight From The Heart: Valentine's Crafts for Kids

Get creative with your little one and you'll soon have a house full of seasonal goodies!
 

Even the youngest toddlers can get involved with these craft ideas – mess equals love, right? Emily Manning compiles some easy Valentine’s crafts that the kids are sure to love.

Queen (or king) of hearts

Create a Valentine's crown with your little one. Even the youngest toddler will enjoy this craft – and it can be as simple or decorated as time and supplies allow. All you really need is some coloured craft paper, glue and scissors.

To decorate ours, we used a pipe cleaner (cut in half), felt heart shapes (or cut your own from coloured paper), jewels and pom poms, but you could also try stickers, ink stamps, markers, paint or crayons and let your little one design their own Valentine’s crown.

Handmade with love

Who needs a shop-bought card when you can make your own! Warning: this could get messy! Cover your little one’s hand in paint and get them to do a handprint on a piece of folded card. Help them to write a message inside, and decorate to your heart’s content.
 

Valentine keepsakes

If you haven’t yet experienced salt dough, you are missing out on some great toddler fun! Mix together the salt and flour in a large bowl, then gradually add in the water and mix until you have a dough consistency. You may not need all the water – what you're looking for is a pliable dough that's not too wet.

Use your hands to bring the dough together, then knead for several minutes until you have a smooth, pliable dough. Add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.

Roll the dough out to about 5mm in thickness, then use cookie cutters of your choice to make some fun Valentine shapes – hearts of all different sizes are going to be popular, but what about also trying stars, letters (like ‘L’, ‘O’, ‘V’, ‘E’), or flowers?

You can leave the salt dough to air-dry (although this will take several days), or you can bake at 100C until the decoration is dry (this will depend on the size and thickness of your dough).

It will take roughly one hour for thin decorations, and up to three hours for thicker ones. When it is done, it should sound hollow when tapped. Once fully dry and cooled, you can paint and decorate however you like! Use acrylic paints for depth of colour, then seal if needed with a clear varnish.

Heart bunting

A quick and easy craft, with the added benefit that it will brighten up your home in an instant! Cut large hearts out of coloured paper, then use a hole-punch to make holes in each side of the heart at the top. Thread some string or ribbon through the holes on each heart, and hang on a mantelpiece, shelves, etc.

Cupid’s cupcakes

No one could resist this homemade Valentine sweet treat! Let your kids help in the kitchen while you make their favourite cupcakes, then make your icing and let your little helper decorate with some Loveheart sweets, Smarties, or other decorations.

And if time is an issue, pick up some un-iced buns from the supermarket and skip straight to the decorating stage!

Written by Emily Manning for eumom

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