With Valentine’s Day coming up, we moms are looking for easy and fun ways to get our toddlers involved – that doesn’t involve eating an oversized chocolate heart. Luckily, we live in a time where Pinterest is at our fingertips and crafty moms are ready to take the workload so we not-so-crafty moms can be prepped and ready to get our toddlers involved. But, what fun Valentine’s crafts for toddlers should be tackled this year? Let’s find out!
With two toddlers of my own (under three too), activities can be hard to tackle. There are some that I tend to allow just my eldest toddler to help with, while my youngest gets to help with most that involve paint. I tried to keep a good mix of activities to try on Valentine’s based on whatever age your toddler happens to be.
And, I’ll be honest, last year we didn’t do any crafts. My toddler brought home from his daycare the cutest little Valentine’s berry canvas and this year I was inspired to search for more!
Since I’m not the actual creator of these crafts, I’m not exactly the best mom to break down the how-tos, so if you see a craft you like or feel you can take on with your toddler, you can go straight to the original post to check out the full break down!
I will be giving a little summary of what each Valentine’s craft for your toddler will take. I’ll give my best insights on whether you most likely have all the items on hand to create the project and how messy said project will be – and if it’s suitable for younger toddlers without feeling like you need to pull your hair out.
Finally, let’s get into the Valentine’s Day crafts for toddlers we love:
A Valentine’s Day craft by Messy Little Monster, this is probably one of the simpler crafts to tackle with any age toddler. You need paper plates, paint, pipe cleaners, and eyes – everything else is kind of optional. This is a fun one that has a pretty easy clean up and the longest part is waiting on the paint to dry!
Read the full breakdown: Paper Plate Love Birds Valentine’s Day Craft
This is one of the absolute CUTEST Valentine’s crafts for toddlers – probably because I’m a sucker for succulents. Curtesy of A Little Pinch of Perfect, this activity requires a bit more hands-on supervision depending on your toddler’s age. While my almost three-year-old could tackle the scissors and drawing, my 18-month-old would need a more hands-on approach (which is perfectly fine). Luckily, you really only need green paid, a marker, glue, and construction paper to complete this one!
Read the full breakdown: Cactus Handprint Valentine’s Day Craft
I’ll start with saying I personally don’t like slime/floam, but I do think this Valentine’s Day activity by I Heart Arts n’ Crafts is a great reason to break my rule. I will also say that I would probably tackle this one during my youngest’s nap time, she’s not to be trusted when the item is inedible. Still, my eldest would absolutely love it and it makes a great activity – even with it’s long ingredient list.
Read the full breakdown: Valentine Floam Slime Recipe
This easy activity by Crafty Morning earned its way on the list because it’s truly a simple craft to tackle with your toddler. All you need is construction paper, glue, and scissors! No paint, which means way less potential for mess and lots of potential for working on fine motor skills by cutting and gluing all the pieces together.
Read the full breakdown: Handprint Gnome Valentine Craft
This one was just too cute to skip by! With these paper plate love bugs by Made to be a Momma, you can make something simple and cute with your toddler. All you need is cute paper, paint, buttons, paper plates, a marker, clothes pins, and googly eyes! While you do have to deal with paint, your toddler will have something they’ll be proud of and you can hang up for Valentine’s Day decor!
Read the full breakdown: Paper Plate Love Bug
Thanks to The Best Ideas for Kids, I’m actually able to have an excuse to order more photo prints of my kids – especially in their Valentine’s Day outfits! I like this craft because it really gets your toddlers involved in the whole process and they get to see the results of their actions (standing in a way to have “balloons”). You really only need paint, a picture, paper, glue, and a toilet paper roll.
Read the full breakdown: Valentine Balloon Paint Craft
We are huge puzzle and paint fans in our house, so this activity fits perfectly! Now, The Soccer Mom Blog provides you with a long list of supplies and tools to get this done. Still, it’s a great Valentine’s Day activity for toddlers of all ages. Both my toddlers could handle the painting – and get their own paint color while I can glue it into a heart.
Read the full breakdown: “Love You to Pieces” DIY Valentine Wreath
We are big fans of q-tip painting in our house, so this easy Valentine’s craft by Projects with Kids is right up our alley! You will need paint, q-tips, and paper to complete this project! This is a great option for when you want to paint, but want “controlled” painting. It’s also perfect when you have multiple toddlers of varying ages!
Read the full breakdown: Easy Q-Tip Painted Heart Art for Kids to Make
This is the perfect activity if you’re looking for Valentine’s gifts to hand out! By Red Ted Art, these simple fingerprint heart friendship rocks are a fun and simple painting activity that they’ll be able to share with others! You will need red paint, rocks, and a permanent marker!
Read the full breakdown: Easy Friendship Rocks for Valentine’s
In my opinion, this craft by Creative Family Fun might be the one your toddlers enjoy the most. They get a lot of crafting freedom – and who doesn’t enjoy pompoms? You will need paint, glitter, pompoms, popsicle sticks, and an old cereal box. After a little cutting and some glue, your toddlers are ready to start decorating!
Read the full breakdown: Silly Heart Puppet Valentine Craft
Another simple option for Valentine’s Day, this handprint heart tree by Fun365 uses construction paper and heart stickers to make a tree! You can easily tackle this one with dollar store supplies and take a backseat while your toddlers play with stickers (a glueless adventure).
Read the full breakdown: Handprint Heart Tree Craft