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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Easy and Colorful Valentine Crafts for Toddlers



Valentine’s Day is coming soon next month. This special day is not only intended for adults but also for everybody including toddlers. In this occasion, parents can teach their children how to appreciate friends and family for the love they have given and the happiness they have shared throughout the life. I am a mother of 3 years old son and 5 years old little girl. I think, instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day with a party, it will be much more meaningful if parents and children make valentine crafts to be given to their friends and family. This activity is enjoyable and it can develop their skill and creativity as wells. There are a lot of valentine crafts for toddlers. For toddlers, parents should find the easy and attractive ones so toddlers within short attention span will find this activity interesting to do. This Valentine’s Day I plan to work together with my children to make easy crafts. I hope the process of making the crafts can develop their creativity and skill. When it is done, I will ask them to give the crafts to their parents, friends, or grandparents. The idea of giving something to their loved ones will teach them how to spread the generous love. I think this is going to be the best way to introduce Valentine’s Day for toddlers. 





 Making craft project as the best way to have a fun and meaningful Val’s Day
 Making craft project as the best way to have a fun and meaningful Val’s Day 



Tips on Preparing and Making the Crafts



Toddlers enjoy making easy and colorful Valentine crafts
Toddlers enjoy making easy and colorful Valentine crafts

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This Valentine’s Day will be first time to make crafts with my children. Since it is the first experience, I tried to look for information about valentine crafts for toddlers from books, magazines, and internet. From the search I found a lot of articles about it. I learn that creativity projects for toddlers should match their skill levels. In addition, children in their age only have short attention span, for about 10 up to 15 minutes. Therefore, you should choose a craft project which is easy and it does not need long time to finish making the craft. For your information, toddlers are easy to get bored. When it happens, they will not eager anymore to work on the crafts. To keep their attention and motivation, the crafts should be interesting. As toddlers like something colorful, try to include some bright colors which are also identical with Valentine’s Day such as pink, red, green, etc. Usually children love these colors.


Although you have chosen easy valentine crafts for toddlers to make, your little kids may still find it difficult to do. Do not ever force them to finish the craft themselves. Instead, help them to work on the creativity project. Toddlers will lose their interest if they can’t accomplish the project. It is true that you should encourage them to work themselves. But, whenever they get confused or make mistakes, you must lend a hand. Do not ever blame them for mistakes. Instead, praise them for what they have done. It will increase their confidence that they can make the crafts. Another important thing to consider is the safety matter. Make sure that the materials used for making the project do not contain harmful or poisonous elements. Some children are just too sensitive towards certain materials. For instance, my little boy just can’t stand the smell of particular glue. So, I never use that glue as it can ruin the activities. Moreover, do not ask them to cut paper using scissors themselves. My daughter who has been 5 years old perhaps can start using this tool for her creativity project, but not my 3 years old son. Make sure everything that needs to be cut out with scissors must be done already. This activity will be more joyous if more kids are willing to join. You can invite other children in your neighborhood if you want to. In this way, the children will have their own event for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.

Parents help their children to finish the craft project
Parents help their children to finish the craft project




Ideas of Easy Valentine Crafts for Toddlers


Toddlers love making easy handprint hearts
Toddlers love making easy handprint hearts
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Crafts for valentine do not to be complicated as they are for toddlers. There are many simple crafts that resemble Valentine’s Day. The most popular idea is hand print heart. It is just very simple to do. You can work first by drawing a heart shape in a white paper. You should also prepare the paint in the paint plates (let your toddler choose their favorite color). Ask your toddler to dip his hand in the paint and press it on the heart-shaped paper. When the paint dries, it can be hung on the wall or given to his close friend. It is very easy right? This project is intended for children below 3 years old. I think my son will like it. But I still have some other ideas. My favorite one is heart glasses. This wearable art project is another easy project for Valentine’s Day. First of all, cut out two heart shapes and give the middle cut out for the glasses frame. Ask the children to decorate the heart shapes with the materials you have prepared for example small craft foam, crayons, or glitter glue. After they finished decorating the hearts, glue the two hearts and attach pipe cleaners to the hearts so that children can wear it like wearing actual glasses.


Heart glasses, a lovely wearable Valentine’s craft
Heart glasses, a lovely wearable Valentine’s craft
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The project can’t be either too difficult or too easy. For my 5 year old little girl, I should find a craft which is more challenging. I think she will love the idea of making a treasure heart box. There are a lot of unused shoe boxes at home. We can make use of one of it. As my girl enjoys painting very much, she can paint the box with non-hazardous tempera paint and decorate it with hearts, glitter glue, and bows. On the Valentine’s Day the box can be filled up with candy hearts and she will bring the box throughout the day and give the candies for the people she meets. What a nice idea it is. For more ideas of valentine crafts for toddlers, you can browse the Internet where there are countless sources about it. 

Valentine box craft for kids
Valentine box craft for kids
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