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11 Easy Valentine Crafts for Toddlers

by Rachel Withers
January 30, 2023
easy valentine crafts for kids

Easy valentine crafts that are just right for toddlers. Lots of fun painting, printmaking, and playdough ideas for heart art all month long.

If you have a toddler, this list is for you! It’s full of painting, playdough & printing activities that make adorable handmade valentines or heart art for the walls.

And best of all, these are age appropriate crafts that toddlers can make mostly on their own!

So get ready– I think there’s nothing sweeter than watching chubby hands happily painting hearts. Enjoy!

easy valentine crafts for toddlers
Photo by Rachel Withers

Easy Valentine Crafts

Cardboard DIY Valentines for Kids
Photo by Rachel Withers

1. DIY Cardboard Valentines

These are so fun to make big or small. We’ve painted big hearts with toddlers at art classes and made small hearts for classroom valentines. Start with cardboard and paint, add pompoms, glitter, sequins, cut paper, straws, etc!

Easy Valentine's Crafts - blot art hearts
Photo by Andrea Martelle

2. How to Make Blot Art Hearts

Whether you know it as smush or symmetry paint or blot art, we find toddlers are wild over it! Beware that once kids get started, it’s hard to stop!

playdough bakery
Photo by Rachel Withers

3. Homemade Playdough for Valentine’s Day

Make some homemade playdough with holiday colors. Playdough is a great way for toddlers to develop hand strength and fine motor skills. Plus sculpting is lots of fun! Find some homemade recipes here.

Painting valentines with liquid watercolors
Photo by Rachel Withers

4. Painting Valentines with Watercolors

A sweet and simple heart art activity, especially for toddlers. Cut out a paper heart and set out liquid watercolors. String finished hearts together as a garland or give to friends & family for homemade valentines.

potato print hearts
Photo by Rachel Withers

5. Potato Printed Hearts

I’m not sure when potato printing is more fun than for Valentine’s Day with sweet little hearts. Learn how to create your own stamps and easily cut out potato stamps with our favorite tips.

painted sugar hearts
Photo by Rachel Withers

6. Paint Sugar Hearts

A spinoff inspired by Redviolet Studio’s sugar cube version. Use a silicone mold with sugar and enough water so it comes together. Let dry and pop out of the mold. Paint with droppers and liquid watercolors.

Photo by creationspaceyeg

7. Paint Hanging Cardboard Hearts

Create a whole gallery of hearts with this idea from CreationSpace. Perfect for a toddler art class, toddler play date, or having fun on your own!

stitched homemade valentines _ Easy Valentine's Crafts for kids
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

8. Stitch Homemade Valentines

Cut out hearts and paint. Then have children hole punch and stitch the heart.

cardboard art hearts
Photo by scissortales_schoolhouse

9. Stacked Cardboard Hearts

Try this easy 3D valentine with recycled cardboard and pouch lids, plus tempera paint sticks.

nature heart valentine
Photo by littlepinelearners

10. Nature Heart Valentines

A basic weaving project with cardboard, rubber bands, and flowers that’s so fun for kids.

balloon painting - Easy Valentine's Crafts for toddlers
Photo Rachel Withers

11. Paint Heart Balloons

Try this fun idea from CreationSpace. An interactive painting experience using an unusual canvas.

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