With just about a month to go before Valentine’s day, I thought we would get started with a Valentine craft for toddlers in our home. And goodness – this one was a success!
Little Norah has just turned two and loves all things crafts (not sure where she gets that from …) So crafting has been the name of the game for the past few weeks. She is determined to learn to use scissors and adores that glue stick.
Unfortunately, she also adores lip chap. With a fiery passion. So the glue stick is a bit of a tricky crafting tool for this girl of mine to manage as it so closely resembles the first love of her life. That glue stick often winds up spread across those little lips faster then I can reach my hand out to stop it!
That’s why I was so excited to think about this fun Valentine craft for toddlers – all the sticky fun, but no glue stick required!
Here is a little video of this simple craft in action:
I started by taking a piece of contact paper, or shelf liner, and cutting a nice big piece. I taped it to her little craft table with the sticky side up. I only secured the 3 corners, which made me smile a little as I remember doing activities similar to this with my boys and I could not secure that contact paper enough! I remember once duct taping it down to the table so their crafting could be completed without being ripped off the table.
So secure the contact paper as needed.
After this, I cut out some paper hearts for Norah to press down on the contact paper.
Then I cut some thin strips of pink paper. Since Norah is just learning to use scissors I like to give her very thin strips so she can snip through the paper in just one snip. This is great practice for her while also letting her feel successful and building her ‘crafting confidence’ (is this a thing?)
Norah snipped and snipped, stopping after each little bit to press that tiny piece of pink paper onto the contact paper. She would work on those fine motor skills by picking up the tiny bits of paper she cut and sticking them on the contact paper.
She made it through about 4 snips before requesting the glue stick. I explained it wasn’t needed because the contact paper was already full of “glue”. She accepted this answer for a few more snips before requesting glue again.
There was a lot of glue requests, but over all this activity was the perfect level for Norah and engaged her for over 20 minutes. Definitely a highly recommended Valentine craft for toddlers, my friend.
We hung this Valentine’s Day craft in the window and the pride that little girl has over her masterpiece! My goodness!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you and your little ones love this craft as much as my little one and I did. And I hope your glue requests are slightly fewer and farther between.