Daunted by the DIY Pinterest Valentine’s Day projects that you’ve been seeing?? Yeah, I feel ya. We made play-do last year last year, and…we had a lot of fun!! But…this year? I didn’t have time!! As most of you don’t! If you do have time? Totally make the play do! It’s still in our fridge a year later, smells yummy, and we still play with it! BUT…if you want something a tad bit easier…
You can still have your preschooler/kindergartner totally involved in Valentine’s Day projects even if they aren’t totally diy! You can make them into a diy craft by involving them in the process! I bought all my supplies from a Dollar Tree, spent less than $7, and involved Maya in every step of the way! She helped pick out what we should buy (at $1 each, it was easy to say yes, but admittedly afterwards, I felt like we went overboard spending $7!)
Honestly, this would be a great idea for a birthday party parting bag (at least, I think so!). At less than $1 per kid?!!? Yet, lots of fun an useful things…score!Two years ago, we made DIY Glitter Hearts for Valentine’s Day. I remembered them being so easy, and that she had so much fun doing them, so we decided to not recreate the wheel. Isn’t that the best advice ever?!! WHY RECREATE THE WHEEL??? This year, Maya wrote her name all by herself on the back of each card. An upgrade + Kind of a milestone! I’m including links below to pretty much the exact same thing I bought for $1 each, but if you don’t have a Dollar Tree near you and want to put something similar together from Amazon…
What you need…
For the Valentine Bags
Pencils + Erasers (each were only a $1 at the store)Heart Pencil Sharpeners (couldn’t find online)
What to do…
- Yes. You could assemble all these together yourself, and just have your preschooler work on the cards, but I wanted Maya to have a little more ownership since we weren’t doing a DIY craft for the actual Valentine. SO, we turned it into a craft
- She laid out how many bags that were in her class and counted them out (there were 25 in the bag, so we had some left over).
- Then she put one of each item into each bag.
- The bags came with end ties, so I tied them together with the cards at the end 🙂
For the Heart Cards
- Card stock paper/water color paper, or I used a cardboard insert that had come in clothes I’ve bought online/t-shirts I buy for the Huz. Yes, I save everything just in case. Yes, I was so excited to finally use some of my hoarded craft supplies! 😉
- Hole Punch
- Large sheet of aluminum foil for easy clean up
- Cookie sheet or empty box (to contain the glitter bomb and glue :))
What you do…
- Since we were doing this for Valentine’s Day, I cut little hearts out. You could do circles, or just squares/rectangles if you wanted to make cards for a different occasion.
- Put the “cards” on a lined cookie sheet/box and let your toddler drizzle glue all over them.
- Then, while glue is still wet, have them go to town with the glitter!I shook all the excess of some cards onto others so that the glitter was evenly distributed.
- Once the glue is dry, punch a hole in the corner and tie to the bags.