10 Valentine’s crafts for toddlers

toddler crafts

by Emily Gilbert |
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's the ideal time to try some Valentine's crafts for toddlers and the perfect excuse to whip out the craft box and help your toddler create some Valentine's themed decorations that can also make thoughtful gifts. And don't worry, we've done all the hard work for you so all you need to do is pick your favourite ones.

As well as helping to develop your child's fine motor skills, these Valentine's crafts for toddlers are a lovely way to remind the people close to you and your child how important they are to you both. If these look a bit too tricky, you might want to try some Valentine's crafts for babies instead.

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Valentine's craft ideas

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Valentine lanterns

If you've got lots of empty glass jars lying around, use them up with this cute craft using red, pink and purple pieces of tissue paper with some glitter. Once it's done, pop in a tea-light and watch as it glows.

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Valentines heart tree craft

A super easy craft using minimal materials, you'll need to cut out the hearts of this tree for your child but they'll love sticking them down.

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Toilet Roll Love Bug

How adorable are these little guys? Simple to put together, these can be designed and decorated so your tot can really let their inner artist flourish.

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Clay Heart Ornament

Simple but effective, the receivers of these clay ornaments will hang them with pride. Just make sure you have plenty of space to do these as the glitter can get everywhere.

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Sun Catcher Mosaic

If you don't mind having it stuck to your window, this sun catcher mosaic offer a fun way for your child to explore pattern, design and colour mixing/overlay.

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Coffee Filter Hearts

If you're looking for something a little different, this unique craft uses water and markers for a colourful make that doubles up as water play.

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Heart Necklace

A craft your little one can wear or gift after they've made it, we bet this will be a hit with Granny!

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Fingerprint Love Bug Card

It's not Valentine's Day without a card and this one uses your toddler's fingerprints to create a very sweet caterpillar.

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Love Bug Hat

Another craft your little one can wear afterwards, they'll look adorable in this love bug hat and will enjoy decorating it.

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Cheerio Bird Feeder

Spread the love to our feathery friends with this craft which gives back and provides a tasty treat for birds. Kids will find it easy (and tasty!) to thread cheerios on the pipe cleaners.

Valentine's crafts buys

With squeezy bottles for easy dispensing, this set of washable paints in red, yellow and blue is ideal for arts and crafts at home.

Review: "My 9 month old was playing with this supervised for sensory finger painting🎨🖌 I brought it as it is washable and that is true. It is extremely easy to wash off your hands and I popped the clothes in a quick wash for 15 mins in the machine and no stains on the clothes! Mind you there was a few pale stains on the white sheet I laid underneath but oh well, it was a quick wash im sure if I put it longer it would have all come out!"

Pros

  • Washable
  • Air tight cap
  • Squeezy bottles

Cons

  • Some parents found the consistency too thick

Pipe cleaners are handy to have around the house for many crafts over the year and it'll take you a while to get through this pack of 500!

Review: "I really loved these, so soft and in so many great colours, they make great arms for peg dolls, pipe cleaner animals, all kinds of stuff. A great buy."

Pros

  • Plenty in each pack
  • Good range of colours

Cons

  • Short in length

It goes without saying that you make a lot of cards as a mum so this pack of A4 coloured card is a must-buy.

Review: "Good choice of colours and a fair price. Suitable for card making and die cutting. Good quality. Pleased with my purchase."

Pros

  • Good quality paper
  • Good range of colours

Cons

  • Colours can appear different in person

clay
Price: $19.50

This air-drying clay is perfect for making ornaments like the one we've included above and you're sure to find lots of other uses for it too.

Review: "Very good quality clay. Easy to handle and make models. Soft snd durable. Fun working with the clay. Can be air dried and colour it."

Pros

  • Different colours available
  • Air drys

Cons

  • Some found it dried too quickly

CRAYOLA My First Washable Markers
Price: $9.15

Suitable for children one year and above, this set of markers has a rounded and secure nib to allow children to achieve bold strokes of colour at every angle. You'll be pleased to know that the washable ink easily rinses off skin and clothing.

Review: "Considering my toddler takes the lids off and wanders off for hours, they never seem to dry out at all! Even if they did, they eventually start drawing again. Can't be pushed in either which is very frustrating with some felts. Great product."

Pros

  • Easy grip
  • Washable

Cons

  • Some parents found they struggled to remove the colour from hands

A journalist since 2015, Emily Gilbertis the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for seven years. Emily writes about everything from the top baby products to pregnancy, fertility and maternal mental health. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.

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