Are you looking for last-minute easy Valentine’s day craft activities for your toddlers and preschoolers? Valentine’s Day is a great time for preschoolers and toddlers to explore fun and creative activities. Here are some quick and easy activities that will help your little ones get in the Valentine’s Day spirit.
Valentine’s day Sensory Hearts
For making sensory hearts you need cardboard pieces cut in a heart shape, adhesive, and loose parts like pom-poms, bottle caps, and pasta available at home. We used everything red to get into the valentine’s vibe! It is an easy, fun, and hands-on activity that helps in developing sensory and fine motor skills.
Clothespin Heart Matching for Preschoolers
Clothespins are an excellent tool to develop pincer grip and fine motor skills. We used foam heart stickers and clothespins to create a quick matching activity. Paste one set of heart stickers on a thick paper piece, and glue the matching set of heart stickers on clothespins. Now, give these heart clothespins to kids for matching activities!
If stickers are not available at home, you can simply paint them on card stock in duplicate and create this heart-matching activity.
Heart Lacing activity for Preschoolers
Lacing activities are a great way for kids to work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. To get started, cut out heart-shaped cardboard and punch small holes along the edges of the heart shape. Once the holes are punched, provide laces of different colors for your child to lace through the holes in whichever pattern they choose. This is a great activity for kids of all ages and helps to develop their fine motor skills.
Who doesn’t love stickers? We used foam heart stickers for pattern matching and finding the odd one-out activity. Sticker matching activity involved matching two stickers with the same heart pattern. The odd-one-out activity involved selecting the sticker that does not match the other hearts in color, pattern, or size. Setting up these Valentine sticker activities shall take only 2 minutes and are super fun for kids. These activities also help the kids learn and develop problem-solving skills.
Paper Heart Collage
For creating this Valentine’s day craft, you need small pieces of red colored paper, glue sticks, scissors, and a piece of card stock or poster board. You can draw the heart shape on the card stock or use the template (grab the template here!). For the older kids, let them cut out small paper pieces and arrange and glue them in a design in the heart shape. For younger kids, give the small cut paper pieces, and guide them to paste on the heart template. This heart-shaped paper collage is a fun activity for kids of all ages. You can hang it on the wall or display it in a frame for everyone to admire! Have fun creating your unique collage!
Valentine’s Day Bubble wrap Heart
Bubble wrap heart is an easy and a lovely craft activity for kids for Valentine’s day. For this activity, you need to cut out a heart-shaped bubble wrap, apply paint on the bubble side of the cut-out heart shape, and stamp it on paper. You have your bubbly hearts!
Dot sticker Heart
Dot stickers are our all-time favorites! We used dot stickers to trace a heart shape for pre-writing practice. Placing the dot stickers along the outline of the heart shape helps kids learn how to draw the heart shape. This dot sticker activity is great for developing a pincer grip as well.
Finger painted Heart
It is a no-prep art activity that is great for toddlers to explore their creativity and have fun! All you need is kids’ safe finger paints and a paper sheet. Help your toddler to dip their fingers in the paint and use their fingers to stamp them inside the heart shape on the paper. Encourage them to explore different colors and techniques to make their heart unique.
Salt hearts can be prepared using salt, water, and water-based paints. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and fill it with salt (add 1 tbsp water in 1 cup salt). Pack the salt tightly in the cookie cutter. Now, add food colors or any water-based paints to make colorful salt hearts!
Valentine’s Day Printable Activities
Valentine’s Day is a great time to get creative with your kids. Engage your little ones with these amazing Valentine day themed printables! They include mazes, matching activities, templates, and pre-writing activities. We hope these printables help make your Valentine’s Day extra special! Grab them here.
Here are some more last-minute Valentine’s Day activity ideas for kids that are easy and fun!
Make Valentine’s cards and mail them to family members or friends.
Have a special Valentine’s Day-themed breakfast with heart-shaped pancakes and strawberry milk.
Have a family dance party and make a playlist of love songs.
Create a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt with clues and riddles.
Read some Valentine’s Day stories.
Have a movie night with a romantic comedy or family-friendly movie.
Bake a special Valentine’s Day treat like cookies or cupcakes.
Play Valentine’s Day-themed games like Guess the Heart Color or Cupid’s Arrow.
Have a special Valentine’s Day dinner with heart-shaped pasta and strawberry sauce.
Have an indoor picnic and decorate with red, pink, and white.
We hope these easy activities help your preschoolers and toddlers celebrate Valentine’s Day in a fun and memorable way! Subscribe to our newsletter to grab amazing early-learning resources for your kids!