My kids don’t really send valentines but that doesn’t mean that they don’t both love to throw themselves fully into Valentine’s Day crafts and activities, besides what could be better than celebrating the concept of love?! I thought it would be good to share some Valentines activities for toddlers and this craft is a nice way to get children to experiment with painting without a paintbrush (or their hands!) and is also a great way to keep your little ones busy using items from your kitchen cupboard.
Whether you’re at a playgroup or at home with your child hopefully the ideas in this will help to give you some more inspiration for activities for toddlers that are easy to do.
About This Valentines Activity:
Just so you are aware, this is a post from a couple of years ago which I’ve republished as it was so popular (we all need simple ideas, right?). I no longer allow my kids to use glitter because it would stick to their hands and when washed off it’s not filtered out so it goes into the ocean (and the studies I’ve seen show biodegradable glitter doesn’t biodegrade in the ocean).
It’s not my most popular parenting choice with my daughter but she does understand! If you have similar concerns then you could use coloured rice or cut heart shapes out of scrap paper using a paper punch.
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Valentines Activity Materials:
Kitchen Foil / Aluminium Foil
Paints – we used red, pink and a glittery purple one
Free Heart Template
Making this craft with a lot of kids or want something that’s ready to go? Grab our free heart template and you can paint that!
How To Make It:
To start I cut out some heart shapes from old pizza boxes, there are two reasons behind this, firstly it means that in some way I can justify the pizza that I ate the day before but on a more sensible level toddlers can go for things full throttle and card can cope with a lot more paint on it than normal paper can.
I set up a bit of an invitation to create for her which I shared on Instagram with the hearts, paint, foil and glitter all set out and sat beside her while we got busy painting.
She really enjoyed scrunching up the foil and dipping it into the paint and once I showed her how to paint the hearts with it she really enjoyed that too, asking for more of each colour of paint.
As an aside, my toddler is rather obsessed with glitter and as previous to this activity she’d been a bit miserable I thought I’d get the glitter out for her to use. And she loved pouring it on her painted hearts to make them super shiny, however it’s now 48 hours since we did this and I am still cleaning up glitter from ohhhhh every room in our house?! So the glitter is very much optional!
Heart Activities for Toddlers:
Looking for more Valentines and heart activities for toddlers? We’ve shared loads of ideas so there’s bound to be something new to try that your child will love!
I made this easy mosaic heart craft with my daughter which she loved doing!
Need more inspiration? Carry on your theme of all things lovely and heart shaped with this round up of Valentines Day crafts for toddlers