I’ve started hosting monthly toddler and preschooler craft play dates for our local Mother’s Club. Our latest one was a Valentine Crafts playdate! It was very popular and easy to put together, so I thought I would share it here. I bought larger foam hearts, and smaller paper hearts that opened up to glue onto the foam hearts. We already had glue sticks and markers and crayons. I had enough supplies for 12 kids (some made more than one valentine), and spent under $8.
I picked these foam hearts because they had little foam hearts embedded, and I thought punching them out would be a fun activity for the kids – and an easy way to extend how much time it took for them to do the craft. Punching out little hearts got the kids settled in, so they made more thoughtful cards than they would have if I had asked them to start drawing right away.
The small hearts also doubled as as decorations for the white heart cut-outs (also from the craft store, although they would be easy enough to make at home). Johnny drew a face and then used the hearts to make it!
The paper hearts opened up so that kids could draw and write a message. Here is a Valentine Johnny decided to make for himself! It features Yoda and a Jedi.
This activity worked really well for all the kids who came – ranging in age from just under two years old to five.
Have you ever hosted a Valentine-making play date? Do you make valentines with your kids? Drop by my hangout on air at 1pm EST today for more Valentine’s Day fun and learning for kids!
Update: the video for our hangout didn’t come through, so Carolyn kindly helped with a redo (with a somewhat fussy baby!) – here it is, for those who missed the original!