Love should always be expressed! And the most celebrated day of Love – Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. When we talk about Valentine’s Day, most people usually think of nothing beyond flowers, and usual gifts. But, pause for a second and think again! Why should it be just a special day for adults? Kids don’t express? Do they not understand the meaning of true love? The week leading to Valentine’s Day, let’s encourage our little and not so little ones to express love through novel Valentine’s Day art and craft ideas.
So, this Valentine’s Day, get some time off from your busy schedule and spend some qualitative and fun-filled time with your toddler doing these creative and inspiring arts and crafts activities. A handmade personalized gift from your toddler is going to be the best gift of your Valentine’s Day.
A Toddler or a Tween at home? These Top 6 Valentine’s Day Art and Craft Ideas are Going to be Gripping and Exciting for them:
1. Cardboard Hand Stamps
The bright little hearts painted by these tiny little hands are going to melt your heart and bring a bright smile on your face.
Materials Required: Empty Toilet Paper Roll; Paint Colors; Tape and; A few empty white cards.
Procedure: Flatten the toilet paper roll and push the one side inwards to make a heart shape and tape it so that it holds the shape. Pour the paint (any color which your kid likes) on a plate and dip the one end in the paint. Place the dipped side of the cardboard on the empty cards and your cute little heart, cardboard hand stamps are ready to bloom in love. Your kid is going to enjoy playing with the colors and you both are going to have fun.
2. Tree of Love
The family filled with love is going to have long-lasting bonds of life. There is nothing greater than the love of the family. Make your child relish this love through this all family activity.
Materials Required: A white paper or an art construction paper (you can also use wallpaper scraps); Color paper; Scissors, and Glue.
Procedure: Using scissors, cut the white or construction paper into a tree with branches depending on the number of people in the house. Keep it aside. Take the color papers and cut them into the shape of a heart. Give each of the members one heart and ask them to write a message on it. Once done, stick these hearts filled with messages on the branches of the white paper tree. Your Tree of Love is all ready to be stuck on your favorite wall.
3. Hearty Garland
Planning to spruce your home this Valentine’s Day? Get your kids involved to decorate your lovely home with these handmade hearty garlands.
Materials Required: Color Paper; String; Scissors; Punching Machine & Stapler.
Procedure: Cut the color paper into one-inch strips. Fold the paper strip in half and crease the one end. You need to bend the other end of the loose ends of the folded strip towards the middle and pull it down and staple into the place. Using a punching machine, pierce a hole in the middle and both the sides of the heart. You can make how many every heart you want depending on the length. Once all the hearts are prepared, use a string to connect these hearts. Your hearty garland is ready to deck up your lovely house.
4. Love Hats
These cute little love hats are going to make your kids thrilled for the rest of the day.
Materials Required: Thick Plain Color Paper; Stickers; Tape; Scissors; Flexible Straws
Procedure: Cut the thick plain color paper sheets into two inches breadths. Staple the loose ends depending on the size of the forehead. Roll the one end of the flexible straws and tape the other of the straws on the inner side of the colored paper. Now, it’s time to decorate the color paper with your favorite glowing stickers or you can write your message on the color paper along with stickers. Your love hats are ready to be worn! Gift this to your little one.
5. Chalk and Stencil Heart Collage
These rustic glowing chalk and stencil heart collage is going to be very delightful for your child and you as well, as it is going to you back to your childhood.
Materials Required: Black chart paper; Colored chalks; Cotton balls; Thick cardboard piece, and Scissors.
Steps to follow: Using the thick cardboard piece cut out a heart-shaped structure. This would be your stencil for your craft. Take the black chart paper and place the heart stencil and trace the outline with a colored chalk piece. Keep the stencil in the same place and take the cotton balls to brush the chalk away from the outline of the stencil. Do it for the entire heart. You can remove the stencil and reveal your heart. Make different colored hearts using a variety of colored chalk and make the collage shining with love.
6. Flower Handprints
These lovely flower handprints of your family are worthy of capturing them in a gilded frame.
Materials Required: Paint Colors; White paper; Scissors; Pens, and Dry Glue.
Procedure: Dip the hands or using a paintbrush, color the hands of your little one with their favorite color. Press the palm on the white paper and leave it to rest. Once dried, cut the paper in the form of the hand (not exactly). Arrange these into tiny little branches on another white paper of painted stems. Your stunning flower handprints are ready to be framed. Framing the handprints is like seizing a moment of your kid’s life. You could never get back these formative years of your bundle of joy.
Simple, easy yet enjoyable DIY craft ideas just for your mommy, daddy and children time. Your child would be happier to spend time with you rather than playing with a toy. Kids prefer memorable interactions with their parents. No materialistic gift can replace the joy of spending time. So, what have you decided to do this Valentine’s Week? This Valentine’s Day we wish you a cherished memory with your little one.
by Ila Asthana