Here’s our gathering of easy and fun Valentine’s activities using hearts and handprints! Valentine’s Day is a great time to share with kids how much they are loved by parents and by God, so we have some song and story recommendations along that theme.
Craft/Activity #1: Love Bird by RedTedArt
All you need for this is construction paper, scissors, and glue – and if you want to give it that extra something, a plastic googly eye 🙂
For my 2-year-old, I cut out all the hearts and let her glue them to the paper, with me telling her where it generally belonged, as hair or feet or feathers, etc. She loved gluing the googly eye in place, too, so much that she insisted on giving it two eyes! She was very proud to present this love bird card to her daddy for Valentine’s day…even though ours wasn’t quite as classically cute as the one by our class member, pictured at the top of the post.
Craft/Activity #2: “Sending a hug” by Activity-Mom
I love this one because I get to use handprints and document the size of those cute, little hands that grow so quickly! Plus, this is super easy and requires no mess, just paper and some glue or double-stick tape. I even made one by getting my toddler to help me trace the hands of my 1-month-old for his first Valentine’s day (card for Daddy, but if I’ll be making more of these for grandparents soon – whatever the next holiday!).
Pen Elaine sent hers to an auntie and practiced folding paper accordion-style to connect her handprints. One class member was really cute and creative, making her connecting piece with multiple pieces of paper, taped together, to form a “hug” as wide as her actual wingspan to give to her husband!
Craft/Activity #3: Cinnamon roll hearts (saw them somewhere on Pinterest one time…)
These are an super-easy, fast breakfast treat for a special occasion – great for moms who already got up early with a nursing infant…all you do is re-roll the “tail” of the cinnamon rolls to form hearts, using two put together. (If using really big cinnamon rolls, I recommend unraveling the whole thing and rolling the two ends into the round parts, pinching the center of the unrolled dough to form the bottom of the heart.) Do this before you bake them!
Craft/Activity #4: Handprint garden of hearts by Blogmemom
I traced Pen Elaine’s handprint with green crayon and let her color it as she wanted; plus, to make this more fun, she got to use heart stickers!
Valentine’s Day is all about love, so it’s the perfect opportunity to remind kids that they are loved unconditionally by God, especially as they are exchanging valentines with other kids at school, etc. and in a world where we have to earn approval in so many ways and areas. I love the quote by Frank A. Clark, “A baby is born with the need to be loved and never outgrows it.” So, the story in Matthew 19 about Jesus and the little children is a great tool. When a crowd of people brought their kids to Jesus, wanting Him to lay His hands on them and pray for them, Jesus’s disciples thought He was too busy for something so “trivial.” These well-meaning friends of Jesus turned away the families and children. However, Jesus knew what was happening and immediately stopped it – He called for the little children to come to Him so He could hold and pray for them. “But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.'” Matthew 19:14, NLT. This event illustrates how Jesus is a friend to our kids, and He loves them so much that He always has time for them.
I’ve pasted an illustration from this story, as recounted in Read-Aloud Bible Stories, volume 1, by Ella K. Lindvall, illustrated by H. Kent Puckett.
John 15:12 says “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you” (NASB).
Skidamarink has great motions for preschoolers – for infants, dance around while listening or singing and make eye contact every time you sing “I love you.”
Beloved, let us love one another teaches Scripture memory.
The Barney Song/I love you is sweet and simple and can be sung with motions.