After the success of baking Valentine’s biscuits last week, next we decided to try our hand at some Valentine’s crafts for children!
We ended up doing two different crafts, because we ended up cutting out too many hearts.
So today we are going to give you two for the price of one – bargain eh?
Valentine’s Crafts for Children – the lovable Caterpillar!
First up is our initial activity of making a caterpillar out of love hearts.
What do you need:
- love heart cookie cutter (optional for those, like me, who cannot draw lovehearts that are symmetrical!)
- Googly eyes (the most exciting thing in our craft box according to the kids!)
How do you do it?
My monkeys are only four, so they definitely needed a bit of assistance with this one. The best way to start, was to have a piece of card and draw a straight line across the middle of the page. This meant they knew where to stick the love hearts and made everyones lives a lot easier – especially control freak mummy!
Next up you need to cut out the card. Now, as I said above, I am useless at making symmetrical hearts. Drawing is not a talent that I have! So we cheated, and dug out the love heart cookie cutter that we used for the biscuits last week. We used these to draw around, and then cut the love hearts out. All the love hearts were the same shape and that made mummy very happy, it was strangely satisfying! The kids, of course, could not care less if the hearts were the same shape or not!
The boys then got the glue stick and put the glue along the line that we had drawn earlier. They then stuck the hearts all in a row, to make the caterpillar body.
Then they stuck a heart above the line, at the end of the row to make a head. They stuck on some googly eyes – best bit of the whole process, I am not sure what it is about googly eyes that make them so much fun! We then used the pens to draw legs, a mouth and a little nose – nose not compulsory unless you are four and you insist because otherwise the caterpillar will not be able to smell!
We then cut out teeny little hearts to use as the caterpillar antlers.
Valentine’s Crafts for Children – the love heart wreath
Once our caterpillar was made, the boys pointed out that we still had tons of love hearts left over. I had seriously underestimated how many we would need.
So we got more card and cut out a circle. I actually used a plate to draw around as again my circulars are usually more on the oval side!
We then cut out the inside of the circle, then stuck the love hearts on with glue.
The wreath is not hung up in our window and certainly brightens the place up. Everything seems so dull since we took the Christmas decorations down.
I would love to know if you are doing any valentine’s crafts for children. I would love to get more inspiration to try out other crafts this weekend, tag me on social media or leave me a comment below this post.