Valentine’s day is just around the corner, so why not make some easy Valentine’s day cards with your toddler?
I’ve been on the hunt for pretty Valentines that are easy enough for toddlers to make and I’m sharing my favorites below.
Some are quick and easy, some are a little messy, but all Valentines on the list are toddler-friendly and sure to warm the hearts of whomever receives them!
Watercolors are so pretty and kind of hard to mess up, even for a toddler. I find the most important thing is to limit the colors provided so you don't wind up with a mess. Choose colors that compliment each other and then let your toddler go to town!
How pretty are these marbled hearts? Would you believe the marbling effect is achieved using shaving cream? Click through to the post to see a step-by-step video of exactly how to set this up. It's very simple but definitely on the messier side! Let your toddler help swirl the shaving cream around and lay the paper on top. Then give them some of their own shaving cream to engage in some good old sensory play while you take care of the clean up!
To make up for that messy shaving cream Valentine above, here is an easy NO MESS Valentine for toddlers that turns out super pretty! The hearts are finger-painted using a genius no mess technique I like to call "smush painting," and there is also a hack for adding the footprint with less mess.
These paper plate hot air balloons are the cutest little Valentine's Day craft! I plan to turn it into a Valentine's Day card by adding an index card with a message to the center. You could also write your message on the back! I'm going to use heart stickers instead of cutting and pasting to make this more toddler friendly.
Wax resist art is so simple yet so amazing to little kids! Use a white crayon to add a message and any design you'd like to your Valentine, then let your toddler do the rest!
A footprint, a cute bumblebee, and a pun - what's not to love? These cute personalized Valentines are perfect to gift grandparents and family members. Your toddler may or may not be able to help you paint the stripes and wings depending on age, but you could always let them add some heart stickers around the bee for some fine motor practice!
Fingerprint art makes for a sweet personalized card that is slightly less messy than handprint or footprint art! Use your child's fingerprints to create hearts and balloons for this sweet homemade Valentine.
If you're not trying to go to the store for supplies, check out this post from The Best Ideas for Kids. You'll find four easy valentines to make using recycled materials from around the house! You and your toddler can make the most adorable valentines using simple supplies like bubble wrap, paper towel rolls, and recycled newspaper. You can even print off the free heart templates at the end of the post to make it super easy!
Not only is this puzzle piece Valentine super cute, it also doubles as Valentine's Day decor! Your toddler can assist with painting the puzzles pieces and gluing them too, if you skip the hot glue and use regular craft glue. Make it together and gift it to someone you both "love to pieces!"
Love this mixed media Valentine idea! For your part, all you'll need to do is print a photo of your toddler blowing a kiss or making a kissy face. Glue it to a sheet of paper then let your toddler make a collage using heart stickers, crayons, stamps, whatever!
Which DIY Valentines will you make with your toddler?
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