4 Fabulous Toddler + Preschool Valentines Crafts

Work those fine motor skills!

Have you ever clicked a link and found that while the crafts LOOK pretty there is absolutely no way that your preschooler could actually do those crafts? I mean, you can make that little Valentines frog look amazing, but you're 3 year old?! No way! I totally get it. I have been frustrated with this so.many.times. Here are 4 Preschool Valentine Crafts that require minimal prep, your kids will love + can actually make! {Read~ super easy for you + fun for them!}

1. Tissue Paper Wreath

Crinkle + crumple that tissue paper! 

Crinkle + crumple that tissue paper! 

You need to cut a hole in a paper plate and give them tissue paper scraps. Cut reds, purples, pinks, white, whatever colors scream "Valentine's Day" to you into small squares or strips and let them crumple + glue. {I highly suggest using liquid glue for this}. This works those fine motor skills through the crumpling, squeezing of the glue bottle, and then squeezing the tissue paper down onto the wreath. You MAY even be able to walk away while they do this. Unless you have a two year old who may eat the glue {wink!}

2. Hole Punch Valentines

You may need to help squeeze with them~ but they can do it with a little guidance!

You may need to help squeeze with them~ but they can do it with a little guidance!

Cut a bunch of hearts out of different colored construction paper + let your little preschoolers go to town with the hole punch! Model how to do it once or twice, then let them take over! It may be "hard" for them, so you can help slide the paper in and show them again how to squeeze, but really try to let them own this. I promise, with a little practice, they CAN do this. This helps build strength into their little fingers and palms each time they squeeze that hole punch. We used the hole punch pictured since it's what I use to craft. I know they have more preschool-friendly hole punchers you can find that are a little easier for their little fingers to maneuver! When they are done with the hole punching, you can write a note and send as a Valentine to daddy or string them with ribbon and enjoy as a decoration!

3. Heart Painting

Take a toilet paper tube, squeeze it into a heart shape {you can use a piece of tape to hole the top of the heart together}, and dip in red or pink Washable paint. Speaking from experience, I would use the washable paint with preschoolers! You can paint on any type of paper, but I prefer white cardstock since it's a little thicker and the paint doesn't run through or make too big of a mess. My little interns still ask if they can "paint hearts" so this is a HUGE hit in our house!

4) Push Pin Heart

Obviously the littlest intern had some trouble following directions~ but he still tried!

Obviously the littlest intern had some trouble following directions~ but he still tried!

Draw a heart on a piece of construction paper, place on top of a cork board, and use a push pin to "trace the heart." This needs to be modeled AND really explain that the top of the push pin is very sharp and you cannot touch this end. You know your little ones, so if this seems like too much or that he or she can't handle it, skip this one. I promise that even my crazy two-year-old little intern can do this without hurting himself or any of us! This is such a great way to practice following directions, tracing a line, using those fine motor skills to push the pin into the board, pick it up, + then push it back down. Give it a try before you shoot it down, ok? Would love to know how it goes in the comments! 

Look at how they are forced to grip the push pins~ perfect practice for holding a pencil!

Look at how they are forced to grip the push pins~ perfect practice for holding a pencil!

Did I come up with these ideas on my own? No, I have my own little interns' preschool crafts + Pinterest to help with that. I will tell you these are tested by my 2 + 3 year old boys. They love them and as a former elementary school teacher I wanted to share the benefits of working those fine motor skills with you in a fun and creative way.

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