When creating a Valentine's Day craft with your toddler, there are several things to consider, including skill level, theme and time-frame for completing the project. According to Illinois.edu, a toddler's attention span is quite short, so crafts and projects are best if kept brief.
This is a fun activity because you can use one cookie recipe or several at a time. Purchase easy-to-make cookie dough in kid-friendly flavors such as sugar or chocolate chip at your local grocery store. A heart-shaped cookie cutter can be bought at most craft stores. If you would like to make your own cookie dough, have the toddler help by pouring in the bag of chocolate chips or mixing the dough. When the cookies are made, it is time for the most important job---taster. This is a fun and inexpensive way to create a delicious Valentine treat for the entire family.
Fuzzy Valentine Critter
This is a cute and fun gift that can be given to Mommy, Daddy or an older sibling. All the materials can be purchased at a craft store. You'll need two pink or white fuzzy balls (about the size of a golf ball), a set of googly eyes, a pack of foam hearts and glue, preferably stick because it is less messy. The balls should be stuck together with the glue to form a body and the eyes stuck into place. The foam hearts are used for the nose, hands and feet. This project is simple enough that a child of any age can do it.
Valentine's Day Memo Book
This craft is simple and can be done in less than an hour. For this type of project, you will need red construction paper, blank white paper, scissors, stick glue and crayons. Glitter is optional. Cuts out the red hearts for the cover and have your toddler glue them on in any pattern she choose. For added cover embellishment, dot glue onto random spots and have your toddler sprinkle on some glitter. The inner pages of the memo book are the folded blank sheets of white paper. Your toddler can draw anything she likes inside each page or leave it blank. This type of activity encourages creativity and imagination.
All projects require adult supervision.
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