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3 Adorable Valentine’s Day Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Valentine's Day Crafts

The countdown is on! I only have one more week left at my current job, where I work with toddlers and preschoolers at an early childhood center. I have really enjoyed being with the kids there, but what I’ve loved most of all is that I have been able to bring my daughter, Clare, to work with me! She has absolutely loved it and has grown so much during her time there.

The highlight of this week has been doing lots of fun Valentine’s Day crafts with the kids. Some of my favorites have been the Heart Suncatcher, the Sparkly, Feathery Mask, and the Hand/Feet Love painting. They have all been a hit with the parents!

Heart Suncatcher

Heart Suncatcher

We made these using my all-time favorite craft supply for toddlers: Contact Paper! I feel like contact paper is an adhesive that is easy for young toddlers to understand because it is a one-step process rather than a two-step process, like glue sticks or white glue.

They are easy to make, but do take some preparation: 1) Cut out the heart shapes from construction paper, 2) Stick them on the contact paper, 3) Cut the contact paper around the heart, 4) Give them to your kiddos with tissue paper or other materials and let them go wild!

I finished them by sticking the back to contact paper and cutting out the whole shape and then adding a pipe cleaner for hanging.

Sparkle Feather Mask

Sparkly, Feathery Mask

The kids loved these! They played with them all afternoon and some of the girls even went to the dress-up cabinet to find gowns to match. These would be a fun craft for kids of all ages, not just toddlers.

To make: 1) Cut paper plates in half and cut out holes for the eyes. 2) Give the kids lots of collage-type materials and glue sticks and let them use their creativity! I put out feathers, jewels, and paper hearts. 3) Attach a craft stick to the back with glue or tape.

Handprint Footprint Love Painting

Hand/Feet Love Painting

These were definitely the most time consuming, (due to hand/foot washing), but also the most popular with parents. They are definitely frame-worthy and an adorable keepsake.

Some tips and tricks I figured out: 1) Do one child at a time! This is definitely not a group-friendly activity. 2) Keep a bucket of soapy water and a bunch of washcloths right nearby so that you can immediately wash the child’s painted foot.

What Valentine’s Day crafts are you doing with your little ones? I’m always looking for ideas!
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Author: Farm Fresh Mama

I am the proud mama of a beautiful, hilarious little girl and the proud partner of a kind, smart man. The three of us have decided to make a major lifestyle change and move from Fort Collins, CO to an organic farm in southwest Colorado. We hope that by being surrounded by nature's beauty and working with our hands, we will be reminded daily that the simplest things in life are the most important. I learn big and small lessons every day, and I want to share what I've learned with other families.

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