Preschool Valentines Day Arts and Crafts



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Heart Rubbings
What You Need:
  • Glue Gun
  • Poster Board
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Sand Papers
What You Do:
  1. Before the children arrive use a glue gun to trace hearts of different sizes onto a piece of poster board. Have your children place a piece of thin paper over the hearts and rub it with a crayon. They will be amazed when hearts appear on their paper.
  2. Cut out hearts from sandpaper and tape to a pice of poster board. Have your children place a piece of thin paper over the board and rub with a crayon. They will trace a beautiful bumpy valentines day heart
Heart stencil
What You Need:
  • Poster Board
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
What You Need:
  • Make a half heart stencil from a piece of poster board. Have your children fold their construction paper in half and place the stencil on the fold. They can then trace the stencil and cut out the shape. They will be amazed when they open up their piece of paper and see that they have traced and cut out a heart.
Pocket of Kisses
Submitted by Cindy
What You Need:
  • Pocket
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Paint
  • Fabric Glue
  • Ribbon or Lace
  • Tissue Paper
  • Misc Art Supplies
What You Do:
  • Ask parents to bring an item of clothing that their children have outgrown and has a pocket (jeans, flannel shirt, dress, etc.) Cut the full pocket around the seam. cut the remaining in strips or squares for future art projects. Set out a variety of beads, lace, sequins, silk flowers, etc. Encourage children to decorate their pocket the way they desire. Help children attach a ribbon or lace to the two top corners of their pocket. I suggest fabric glue, so it will be stationery. Set a bowl of hershey kisses out and have children fill the pockets. Provide tissue paper, ribbons and bows and assist children in wrapping their gifts for their mother. Give the child a choice if they want to attach a homemade card.
Candy heart collage
What You Need:
  • Poster Board
  • Glue
  • Candy Hearts
What You Need:
  • Cut out hearts from poster board. Have your children paint the hearts with glue (I usually dye my glue pink) and then place the candy hearts onto the poster board.
Heart pins
What You Need:
What You Need:
  • Make a batch a clay with your class (see recipe section). Have your class stamp out hearts from the clay and then push a pin into the back. Bake the clay and let cool. Provide your children with paint and glitter to decorate the hearts.
Tissue paper hearts
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper
  • Vinegar
  • Paper
What You Need:
  • Have your children paint their entire piece of paper with vinegar and then cover it with tissue paper hearts. After the vinegar has dried have your children peel off the hearts to reveal hearts stamps on their paper.
Guess how much I love you card
What You Need:
  • Poster Board
  • Paper
  • Butcher Paper
What You Need:
  • Cut out two hearts for each child. Attach the first heart to the inside of a card (a piece of poster board folded in half) On the front of the first one, write "Guess how much I love you?". On the second heart write "This much!". Measure the distance between the fingertips of one hand to the fingertips of the other with arms stretched out for each child and cut out this distance from 3 inch wide butcher paper. Help your children fold the paper accordian style. Attach a heart to each end of the butcher paper.
Folded heart painting
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Medicine Droppers (Ask your local pharmacies)
  • Paint
What You Need:
  • Have your children cut out a heart from a piece of construction paper folded in half (I provide a half heart poster board stencil). Give your children medicine droppers and have then drop paint onto one side of the heart. Fold the heart in half and rub. Open up the heart and each side matches.
Marble heart painting
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Marbles
  • Box
  • Paint
What You Need:
  • Cut out hearts to fit into a large heart shaped candy box. Place the paper into the box with marbles that have been dipped into valentines colors. Roll the marbles around.
Valentines mailboxes
What You Need:
  • White Lunch Bags
  • Sponges
  • Paint
  • Hole Punch
  • Red Ribbon
What You Need:
  • Give your children white lunch bags. Have then sponge paint hearts of a variety of sizes all over the bags. Once the bags are dry fold the edges over twice and hole punch holes around the edges every inch. Weave a red ribbon through the holes and then tie a bow. This craft is great for fine motor skills (hole punching and weaving)
Beaded heart
What You Need:
  • Pipecleaner
  • Beads
What You Need:
  • Fold a pipecleaner (or floral wire with the edges taped) into a "V" shape have your children string beads onto the wire and then finish by shaping the "V" into a heart
Grass Valentine
What You Need:
  • Sponge
  • Grass Seeds
  • Water
  • Plastic Wrap
What You Need:
  • Cut out a new sponge into a heart shape and place on a saucer. Moisten the sponge and sprinkle with grass seeds. Spritz with a water bottle and then cover with plastic wrap (remove the plastic wrap once sprouts appear). Mow with scissors as needed. You will have a grassy heart within 2 weeks.
Valentines headband
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Paint
What You Need:
  • Cut out a three inch wide sheet of construction paper as long as each childs head. Have each child write their name on their strip and then glue different hearts all around.
Valentine Postcard
What You Need:
  • Posterboard
  • Doily
  • Sponge
What You Need:
  • Cut out posterboard into the size of postcards. Have your children place a doily over the postcard. Dip a makeup sponge into paint and then stamp over the doily. Carefully remove the doily to reveal your valentine design. Have your children write valentines messages on the back. The kids in my class had a great time mailing them to each others cubbies.
Valentines Collage
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Stickers
  • Doilies
  • Glitter
  • Glue
What You Need:
  • Provide your class with heart shapes of construction paper, Valentines stickers, doilies, glitter, and glue. Encourage them to make their own unique collage.
Valentines Hug
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Yarn
  • Glue
What You Need:
  • Trace and cut out, from red construction paper, the hands of the children in your class. Measue the distance from finger tip to finger tip of outstretched arms with yarn, cut. Attach a handprint to each end of the yarn. Place inside a card with the following Valentines day poem: A Valentine Hug to You Wrap these hands around you whenever I'm away so you can have a hug from me anytime of day!
Heart Friends
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Cut out hearts of all different sizes. Encourage your children to use the shapes to make different creatures (ex. hearts in a row to make a caterpillar, heart upside down to make a mouse face)
Cookie Cutter Prints
What You Need:
  • Sponges
  • Paint
  • Cookie Cutters
What You Do:
  • Soak sponges in red and pink paint. Give your children plastic cookie cutters and have then stamp them onto the sponges and then onto construction paper.
Valentines sun catchers
What You Need:
  • Wax Paper
  • Crayon Shavings (From When You Sharpen Crayons)
  • Towel
  • Iron
What You Do:
  • Cut 2 pieces of wax paper into the shape of a heart (between 4 and 6 inches). Provide your children with crayon shavings in valentines colors, have them sprinkle the shreddings onto one of the heart pieces and then cover them with the othe heart shape. Place a towel over the hearts and hold a warm iron with the steam turned off over the towel for about 25 sec. (be very careful with the hot iron). Remove the towel and punch a hole in the top of the heart. You now have a heart sun catcher. I like to do this activity as an art and science activity. You can talk about the changes in the crayon and the colors mixing.
Valentines Hot pad
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Sealant
What You Do:
  • Paint your preschoolers hand with red paint and stamp onto a ceramic tile (Home depot donated 20 to my class). Write the childs name, date, and Happy Valentine's Day. After the paint is dry paint with a waterproof sealant. My parents loved these last year
Valentine Friend
Submitted by Jenny
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paste
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
What You Do:
  • Cut a large heart from paper for the body. Trace your child's hands and feet on another piece of paper and then cut them out. Finally cut four then strips of paper (about 1" wide and the length of the paper) Then attach one end of a strip to the heart and the other to either a hand or foot cut out. Then your children can add googly eyes and yarn hair.
Puffy Valentines Day Hearts
What You Need:
  • Shaving Cream
  • Elmers glue
  • Red Tempra Paint
  • Poster Board or Thick Paper
  • Paint Brushes
What You Do:
  • Mix shaving cream, elmers glue, and red tempra paint to make a puffy paint texture. Give children paint brushes and let them paint onto poster board hearts. The paint dries puffy and makes a beautiful valentine.
Heart Magnet
What You Need:
  • Craft foam
  • glue
  • wiggle eyes
  • red pompoms
  • magnet strips
What You Do:
  1. Cut hearts from foam.
  2. Glue magnet on one side.
  3. Then glue two wiggle eyes on.
  4. Center red pompom for nose.
  5. Valentine magnet.
Valentines day pin for mom
What You Need:
  • Poster Board
  • Glue
  • Sequins
  • Glitter
  • Safety pin
What You Do:
  • Cut out 2-3 inch heart from poster board. Give children glue, sequins, and glitter to decorate the heart with. When it is dry attach a pin to the back to make a special Valentines Day heart.
Valentines day necklace
What You Need:
  • Thick pasta noodles (dyed pink and red)
  • Red, white, and pink foam hearts with holes punched out in the middle (you can buy the hearts at Michaels or use a die cut machine)
  • Yarn with the edges diped in glue and then dried
What You Do:
  • Have your children string the noodles and hearts onto the yarn. You can encourage older children to string in a pattern to encourage math skills
Unique Valentines
Submitted by Fran
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paste
  • Glitter
  • Misc. Other Arts Supplies
What You Do:
  • Give your children a lot of art supplies. Then let them make their own valentines. They can make valentines for their parents or for the other children in your class.
Valentine Caterpillars
Submitted by Gail
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Let your children cur out three hearts. Have them line these up on a piece of paper. They can then add eyes and antennas to make cue "Valenpillars"
Refrigerator Valentine Magnets
Submitted by Hollie
What You Need:
  • Wooden Hearts
  • Paint
  • Glitter Glue Sticks
  • Misc. Other Art Supplies
  • Magnet
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children a 3" wooden heart (you can find these at your local arts and craft store) and let them decorate them anyway that they want. Then add a magnet to the back and let your children use these to give their parents magnets.
Heart Buddy
Submitted by Charlene
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut out two hearts. Have them attach the hearts at the points. Then have them cut small hearts for eyes, hands, and feet. Then have them cut out small strips of paper. Have them attach the hands and feet two the small strips and attach the other ends to the body. This makes a really cute "Heart Buddy"
Valentines Field Trip
Have each child make a valentine for their family. Help each child address and stamp their envelope. Take a trip to the post office and let each child place their valentine into the mailbox. They will have fun on the trip and a wonderful surprise when their valentine arrives in their mailbox.
Garden Stone
Submitted by Cindy
What You Need:
  • 1 cup of sand
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon powderded alum
  • 3/4 cup of hot water
  • Food coloring of child's choice
  • Assortment of items child would like to decorate with.
  • Plastic pastel butterflies
  • Colored stones
What You Do:
(This recipe only makes one stone) Might want to adjust to the size of your class.
We do a chart and ask the children what is their mother's favorite color and then go from there in making the dough.
  1. Mix sand, cornstarch, and alum in bowl.
  2. Add hot water, stirring vigorously until well blended.
  3. Add food coloring and blend.
  4. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.
  5. When cooled, Encourage children to flatten the dough out and make it the shape they prefer. Encourage them to decorate their stone. We had the letters M and O cookie cutters on the table and some of the children put the word "mom" on their stone by pushing the cutters in the dough.
  6. Dry pieces in the sunshine for several days.
  7. Lay out tissue paper, tape and ribbon, encourage children to wrap their gift for their mom's and if they would like make a card to go with their gift.
Bath Salts
Submitted by Diane
What You Need:
  • Epsom Salts
  • Clean baby food jars
  • Food coloring
  • Scented oils
  • ziplock bags
What You Do:
  • Have your children pour some Epsom salt into a ziplock bag, then add a few drops of food coloring, zip the bag shut, and shake the bag to mix the salt with the coloring. Open the bag and add a few drops of a scented oil. Zip the bag shut, and shake. Pour the mixture into a baby food jar, and attach a note saying I Love You Mommy, Happy Valentine's Day
Sand Art Cookies
Submitted By Cindy
What You Need:
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
What You Do:
  1. In a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, layer the ingredients in the order given.
  2. Lightly pack down the jar after each addition.
  3. Attach a card with the following instructions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet. Empty the entire contents of the jar into a medium bowl. Add 1 large egg and 1/2 cup of margarine melted; mix well. Form dough into 1 inch balls and bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

    Encourage children to decorate the jar and give it as a gift for Valentines Day.

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