Crafting can sometimes be a little daunting when little hands are involved. Things can get messy quickly. Don’t let that scare you though, because not every craft has to end in a mess. Little kids love to craft and Valentine’s Day is a great chance for them to make cute and simple cards for friends or family.
A handful of simple supplies is all you need to make adorable and super simple homemade Valentine’s Day cards with your toddler or preschooler.
- Paper (preferably with one side patterned and one side plain)
- Crayons, colored pencils or markers (what ever you have on hand, your choice)
- Heart shaped stickers (of course you can use other shapes as well)
Step 1: Using an extra sheet of paper, make a heart by folding the paper in half , drawing half a heart and then cutting along the line. This heart will be your stencil. Trace the heart stencil onto the patterned paper and then cut the heart out. Your child may cut the heart out on their own, if it is age appropriate and you have correct scissors for them to use.
Step 2: Have your child color a picture or write a message on the plain side of the heart. Grandparents and friends appreciate scribbled pictures and “messages” from toddlers and young children as much as they love hand written messages from older children.
Step 3: Fold the sides of the heart in towards the center with the patterned side out. Try to fold them in the same distance on each side, leaving about a third of the decorated portion showing.
Step 4: Fold the top of the heart down so that about a third of the heart is still showing.
Step 5: Turn the heart upside-down. The Point of the heart will act as the flap of the envelope. Fold the point of the heart down and seal the envelope with a heart sticker. Write who the card is too on the front of the envelope.
And there you have it, simple and adorable Valentine’s Day cards any kiddo can make. Once we started making these we couldn’t stop and my daughter ended up with a pile of cute little envelopes to send to friends and family.
Have you made homemade Valentines with your kids?