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[LoginRadius_Share]One of the best parts of being a parent is that Valentine’s Day is turned into something less than romantic. (Can you tell I’m not the mushy sort?) Rather than wondering if your honey will remember a dozen roses, you can turn your attention toward giving, rather than receiving, (which is, btw, a healthy lesson in all things parenting!).

Every year, my daughter and I love to find some fun new DIY or other crafty Valentine’s Day cards to hand out to her school mates. Of course, we also love to decorate our own home for just about every holiday. Valentine’s Day is no exception.

DIY Valentines for Kids

We love DIY Valentines. Check out a few of these ideas from Pinterest:

Ladybugs are a  great gender neutral Valentine and these are easy to make by the dozen (or more).

ladybug
Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/514747432381741475/

Needed:

  • Red, pink and black construction paper
  • Red paint
  • Red pipe cleaner
  • Glue Scissors
  • Two googly eyes

Here’s an easy one that is a mix of DIY and printable. (You could easily make your own printable, or use this one.)

valentine ideas for kids
Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/153122456054783480/

Using some washable paints and pom poms, you can make the monster alongside the printable. Be sure to use lots of different colors, no need to stick to just purple. Once the paint is dry, you can stick the googly eyes on and draw in a mouth. Be sure to add a special message!

I love this photo Valentine idea. We’ve been meaning to do this, or something similar. Take a fun photo of your child and photoshop it with a special Valentine message. There are lots of ways you can do this, with or without the sucker.

valentines decoration ideas kids
Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/444308319460857307/

Printable Valentines

Printable Valentines are really fun and easy to do.

I love this Tootsie Pop printable. (Click the link for the printable.)

valentines decorate ideas tootsie roll pop

Valentine Crafts for Kids

After you’re done making Valentines for the kids, be sure to have some fun with crafts to decorate the house. Making hearts to hang on the windows is always one of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day with my kiddo.

Make a Valentine’s Day sun catcher craft:

ideas forvalentines crafts for kids

Needed:

  • Variety of colored tissue paper
  • Waxed paper
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft brush or paint brush
  • Mod Podge and/or glue

To make: Cut up small squares of tissue paper. Next, cut out an 8.5 X 11 inch piece of waxed paper. Mod Podge your pieces of tissue paper onto the wax paper. Let this dry for about an hour. Meanwhile, cut out a heart frame. Once the waxed paper is dry, glue it to your heart frame and then trim the edges. Voila! You have a sun catcher.

Make a Loveworm bookmark:

loveworm bookmark idea
Source: http://parentpositivekids.com/2012/02/11/fun-valentines-activities-for-kids-and-free-printables/

Needed:

  • Six small foam hearts
  • One large foam heart
  • Two tiny foam hearts
  • Craft stick or strip of card stock
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Two wiggly eyes
  • Red pen
  • Glue
  • Heart sticker

No need to fork over a ton of cash for flowers. Make these crafty flowers-on-a-stick and give them with a bucket of love!

Photo Source: http://weheartit.com/entry/group/44865348
Photo Source: http://weheartit.com/entry/group/44865348

As you can see, making Valentines for your kids class can be a lot of fun. You don’t need much. Get some construction paper, googly eyes, a printer and a little creativity, and you’ll have some really cute Valentines in no time!

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

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