Little boy with handprint Valentin's handprint craft

These fun and interactive Valentine's Day crafts are perfect for older kids! Set up a few craft stations and enjoy the time spent creating memories, getting messy and making decorations for your home.

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Handprint butterfly

Materials:

  • Construction paper
  • 4 sturdy paper plates
  • Craft paint (four colors) 
  • Markers
  • Glitter (optional) 
  • Craft glue (optional)
  • Baby wipes or damp washcloths

Directions:

  1. On the construction paper, draw a vertical line in the center of the page. This will be the butterfly's thorax/body.
  2. Pour one color of paint the size of a quarter on each paper plate.
  3. Gently spread the paint around the center of the plate with your finger.
  4. Dip your right hand in one color.
  5. Gently press your right hand on the right side of the line, above the halfway point.
  6. Clean your hand with a wet wipe or damp washcloth.
  7. Dip your right hand in another color of paint.
  8. Gently press your right hand on the right side of the line, below the halfway point.
  9. Clean your hand with a wet wipe or damp cloth.
  10. Repeat steps 4 through 9 with your left hand, making the wings on the left side of the body.
  11. Let dry.
  12. Draw the antennae and face on the butterfly.
  13. Decorate the butterfly with markers, glitter and anything else your child wants to use.

Marble hearts

Marble heartsMaterials:

  • 4 – 6 marbles
  • Cardboard box lid (you can also use a deep 4-wall baking dish or cookie sheet) 
  • Craft paint
  • Shallow bowls
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Directions:

  1. Fold your paper in half, then crease the center.
  2. With a pencil, draw half of a heart; the crease is the center of the heart.
  3. With the paper still folded, cut along the pencil marking.
  4. Open the paper, creasing it in the opposite direction so it lays flat.
  5. Fold three to four pieces of tape to create double-sided tape.
  6. Stick the tape to the back of the heart, then to the inside of the cardboard box lid.
  7. Fill each shallow bowl with one paint color.
  8. Drop one marble in each bowl, rolling it around to coat it with paint.
  9. Carefully pick up one marble and carefully place it in the cardboard box lid.
  10. Shake and tip the cardboard box lid to make the marble roll over the heart in different directions.
  11. Repeat as many times as you want with as many colors as you want.

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Heart garland

Heart garlandMaterials:

  • 5 pieces of red construction paper
  • 5 pieces of pink construction paper
  • Yarn
  • Single hole punch
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut each piece of construction paper into four squares.
  2. Fold each square in half, then crease the center.
  3. With a pencil, draw half of a heart; the crease is the center of the heart.
  4. With the paper still folded, cut along the pencil marking.
  5. Open the paper, creasing it in the opposite direction so it lays flat.
  6. Decorate each heart, then let dry.
  7. Punch two holes on each heart; one hole on each side.
  8. String the yarn through each heart until all the hearts are on the yarn.
  9. Hang on a wall, mantel or above a doorway.

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