It’s that time of year again, Valentines Day is sneaking up on us!
I’ll admit we’re not big on Valentines Day as a couple, it’s our wedding anniversary not long after so we tend to focus more on that. But, I do love any excuse to get crafty with the kids and Valentines Day is the perfect opportunity to do that!
In my former role as a childminder, we did lots of really cheap but really fun activities with the children. Now I still do these with my own children, my youngest in particular now he’s nearly two.
I thought I’d share these with you. They’re cheap so no need to spend a fortune, they’re educational as you can teach colours and motor control, and best of all, the children will really enjoy them.
Hand Print Crafts
One of my favourite things to do as a childminder was to do crafts that involved the children’s handprints. These are so special and lovely for Mums and Dads to keep as a reminder of how tiny their little ones were.
For Valentines Day a few years ago we made these lovely handprint heart cards.
It’s pretty self-explanatory how we did these, but they went down really well with the parents. I loved them too! We made extra to go on our playroom wall.
Simple Hand Prints
For the littler ones, a simple handprint on a heart-shaped background is really effective.
I think it’s great to let the children be creative too. Around Valentines Day one year we used sugar paint. Sugar paint is pretty much what it sounds like, sugar and paint mixed together. It gives the paint a grainy texture and the kids really enjoyed using it. I let them paint their own pictures and they independently painted pictures with a Valentines Day theme.
This was my daughter who was around 4 at the time, I love you too sweatheart!
A big kiss from my son, understated yet it says what it needs to!
I love getting crafty with the kids, particularly when it means something special!