Easy Valentine's Day
Crafts for Kids
Love is in the air! It is time to make Valentine's Day crafts for kids. Your child should have lots of fun creating special cards and gifts for friends, family, and special teachers. Their loved ones should also be excited to receive these homemade items.
It is traditional to give flowers, cards, and candy for Valentine's Day. The tradition was started in the United Kingdom. There was even a mystical character that left sweets for children. Linking Saint Valentine to romantic love was started by the 14 century poet Chaucer.
Who doesn’t like to receive chocolate? According to history.com, Richard
Cadbury developed the first heart shaped box that included chocolates.
(He is the one who started Cadbury Chocolates. You can buy his bars at
most grocery stores). The boxes were so pretty that after the chocolates
were eaten the boxes were saved to keep mementos in.
A Cupid's Bow
A Cupid is seen a lot during Valentine's Day. The Latin word for Cupid is "Cupido", which means "desire". They look like babies with wings and a lot of times they are holding a bow and arrow or a lyre.
What you will need;
- Two paper towel rolls
- One plastic wrap roll
- Duct tape
- Clear tape
- Pink streamers
- Hole punch
- Tan yarn
- Red paper
- Four black feathers
Hold the two paper towel rolls so that they make a corner.
Duct tape them together. The duct tape will be the handle of your bow.
Use clear tape to tape the pink streamer to end of one of the paper towel rolls. Wrap until you reached the duct tape. The paper towel roll will be covered. Do the same to the other paper roll.
Hole punch the ends of the two paper towel rolls. Tie your yarn in both holes tightly to make your bow string.
Your bow is now complete, but hmmm, I think we need to make an arrow for it.
To make your arrow, take a plastic wrap roll. Tape the end of the pink streamer to one of the ends of the plastic role.
Cut a 2 by 2 1/2 inch piece of red paper. Fold it in half. Make half a heart shape on the folded end. Cut out, when you unfold it should look like a whole heart. Tape your heart to the end of the plastic wrap roll, so that the end of the heart is pointing out like an arrowhead.
Tape four black feathers to the other end of your arrow.
Place your arrow with your bow. Now you'll be able to send some love. <3
A lyre with a Little Love Note
A lyre is similar to a harp however it is different. It is played by being strummed with a plectrum (a.k.a. a pick). But even if you're not a musician, this would be a great card to give to the one you love.
Supplies you will need;
- 2 sparkly silver pipe cleaners
- White pipe cleaner
- Piece of red foam
Take one of your sparkly silver pipe cleaners and bend it into a "U" shape.
Take other pipe cleaner and cut it so it is 2 1/4 inches. Place it about 3 1/2 inches from the end of the "U" shape of both ends.
Twist the ends of the "U" shape into a spiral.
Cut three pieces of the white pipe cleaners, each being about 2 inches long. Twist one of them between the bar and the end of the "U" shape. Do the same of the other two pieces. Now you have your lyre.
Cut a piece of red foam about 4 3/4 by 5 1/4 inches.
Tape your lyre to the top part of the red foam. With your marker write a nice note on the bottom part. I wrote on mine "A Little Love Note". But you can write something to do with a song or may be just, "Happy Valentine's Day!"
The pictures below will take you to more Valentine's Day crafts for kids.
So gather some red and pink construction paper and other craft supplies. Your kids are now ready to make some cute items to give to their friends and loved ones.
Flowers symbolize love and romance. In the Victorian age the color of roses had different messages. This rose will make a great gift for a special teacher.
“Eek!” Look what you can make with a heart. Boys should like this handmade card. You could even make it in another color if you wanted too. Make several to give to your special friends.
A love bug would look cute sitting at each table setting. He is inexpensive to make because it used common household items. You could even use it to hide some candy in.
Do you know someone who needs a special hug this holiday? This Valentine's Day crafts for kids can do just that. If your school has a no sugar policy you can add a box of raisins or juice instead of the sweethearts.
On this day we celebrate love and romance. Adults go out and have a special dinner. Most kids see it as a time to have fun. It is a time to socialize with their classmates, give cards, and have some snacks.
When you do Valentine's Day crafts for kids it is a time when your child can practice their fine motor skills by cutting out hearts. So while they are having fun they are also learning.
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