This easy Valentine’s Day craft for kids is fun for all ages, and it’s simple enough that even toddlers can do it independently!
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It’s Valentine’s week! Valentine’s Day is a fun one for kids because there are just SO many ways to play and learn with hearts!
Today we’re making HEART MONSTERS!
What’s that you say? Monsters aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Valentine’s Day?
Well, what I can I tell you? I’m a boy mom through and through.
Besides, these monsters are so cute, they totally deserve to be included in the day of love.
Heart monsters are a super simple Valentine’s Day craft for kids. It’s a perfect activity for when you want to be the “fun mom” but you just don’t have the energy for something elaborate (which is me most days).
Grab scissors, paper, glue, and whatever other random craft supplies you feel inspired to include, and get creative!
How to Make “Heart Monsters”
A simple Valentine’s Day craft for kids
What we’re learning:
- Fine motor skills (cutting, gluing, etc.)
- Counting (How many eyes? Arms?)
- Color identification
- Shapes (hearts)
- Construction paper (I used red, pink, & purple)
- Optional craft items: Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, ribbon, yarn, etc. (The dollar store is a great place to stock up on these items.)
- Cut out a bunch of hearts of various sizes. To make this super fast, I stacked all three colors of paper together, folded them, and cut the hearts. It took me less than five minutes to cut all the hearts for my three kids.
- Place the hearts and other supplies in the middle of the table.
- Give each child a piece of paper and some googly eyes. I told my kids they could choose up to three eyes. Then, invite them to create a “heart monster” using the supplies.
- If your kids struggle to get started, try showing them how they can stack larger hearts for the head and body and use smaller hearts for arms and legs. Then, step back and enjoy their creativity!
I encourage you to let your kids take the reins on this project. Sometimes, I get a little too “supportive” (
controlling) and end up inadvertently ruining my kids’ enjoyment of an activity.
Kids need freedom to explore. The nature of making a “monster” means that there is NO right or wrong way to do it.
In the end, I was amazed by what my 3 kids (ages 8, 6, and 3) created.
Even my three-year-old created a heart monster with absolutely NO help from me. Not bad, eh?
Just a friendly reminder that our kids are often more capable than we realize…they just need an opportunity to shine.
Want more fun Valentine’s Day Activities for kids? Try these!
- Valentine’s Day Secret Code Love Notes for Kids
- Love Monster: A Preschool Literacy Valentine’s Activity
- 5-in-1 Valentine’s learning game for preschoolers
- Valentine’s alphabet treasure hunt