Looking for some new ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Tired of the same old crafts and conversation heart candies? Take heart. Celebrating Valentine’s Day can be done in a meaningful way with your family to make it fun and memorable for all. Here are some great ideas for Valentine’s Day art for kids, plus traditions to spark deeper love in your home. Incorporate these into your home(school) as you teach your children to practice the habit of loving.
Valentine’s Day Art for Kids
Biblical Love Mobile
This craft is a great way to start your kids thinking biblically about love. Read through 1 Corinthians 13 and discuss God’s view on love, and perhaps it’s drastic difference from our human view. Is love an emotion or an action? According to these verses, how is love displayed? What are some practical ways you can show love to each other, even when you don’t feel like it? Have your kids make a list!
Cut out one large heart and six to ten smaller hearts from construction paper. On the large heart write “LOVE is…” On each of the other smaller hearts, write one attribute of love from 1 Corinthians 13. Hole punch each heart and hang them with a string as a mobile. Your kids will love hanging their finished products in their room. And it will be a continual reminder of how to love!
Valentine String Heart Cards
These homemade cards from Hello Wonderful turn out beautifully and are a great gift to send to grandparents. They use fine motor skills and create a fun activity your kids are sure to love. All you need is :
- cardstock, cut in half
- yarn (or embroidery floss)
- a thick, kid-friendly sewing needle
- pencil with eraser
- large heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Trace your cookie cutter lightly with pencil onto the center of your cardstock.
- Poke holes along the line you just traced, about 1/2 inch apart.
- Erase your pencil marks.
- Thread the yarn or floss through the holes in various directions (adult supervision recommended).
- Cut and tie the yarn in the back when finished, and voila!
When your kids are finished, have them write a little note and send it off to grandparents – they will probably want to make multiple and keep one for themselves too!
Valentine’s Day Heart Fingerprint Tree
No matter how old my kids get, art with their fingerprints or handprints always touches my heart. This craft from Easy Peasy and Fun is easy, quick, and makes a beautiful keepsake or Valentine’s Day card. Be sure to have your child sign and date their card for memory sake!
- 2 pieces of white paper
- brown or black marker
- ink pad – red, pink, and purple (or finger paint)
- To make a heart stencil, fold a piece of paper in half, draw half a heart on one side.
- Cut along the line you made to make a heart cutout.
- Place the heart stencil you just made on top of the other sheet of paper towards the top. You may need to tape the stencil to the bottom piece of paper.
- Use your marker to draw a tree trunk and branches in the center of the heart shape.
- Dab your finger into the ink pads and then onto your tree to form leaves. Remind your kids to wipe their finger clean before changing ink colors.
- Continue to dab fingerprints until your tree is filled with “leaves.”
- Remove the top sheet of paper with the heart cutout.
- Finish drawing the rest of the tree trunk if needed.
On top of fun art projects, we have done a tradition the last couple years where I put a picture of each family member on a large heart-shaped piece of construction paper. Around the picture I write things that I love about each person (their smile, words of encouragement, laugh, hard work, etc.) and hang them on the wall. On Valentine’s Day, during a meal, we share character qualities that we love about each other. This is a great way to promote family unity, appreciation, and love, as well as encourage one another in the gifts and attributes we have. It is a time when we can really be thankful for our differences and see how beautifully God has made each one of us!
A Matter of the Heart
Additionally, let this holiday remind you to pray for your children’s hearts. There are so many areas to pray over. Here are a few ideas:
- that God will soften their hearts and draw them to Himself
- that your kids will know His love and share it with others
- that they will grow to be a woman or man after God’s own heart
- that their hearts will be broken for what breaks God’s heart
- that they will develop hearts of compassion
I hope your family enjoys these Valentine’s Day crafts and activities just as much as we did. It’s just another way to make the holidays reflect our love for the Lord and His magnanimous grace towards us.