Valentine’s Day Heart Face Craft with a toddler

If you’re looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day craft to make with your preschooler, carry on reading! This craft is quick, easy and very versatile. You can make of it what you will, as I’ll go on to demonstrate. Even better, this Valentine’s heart is made from things I just had laying around in the house. I didn’t have to make any special trips to the shop for craft supplies! 

What you’ll need:

  • Magazines/scrap paper in pink and red
  • Scissors
  • Some card/thick paper (it doesn’t really matter what colour)
  • A Sharpie or felt tip
  • A glue stick/PVA glue

How to make it

  1. Cut out red and pink squares from your magazines and scrap paper
    Pot of pink and red scrap paper for Valentine's Day toddler craft
  2. Draw a heart shape on the card, as big or as small as you’d like. I did mine freehand, but you can print out a template to use if necessary. 
    Heart shape drawn with sharpie on recycled pink card
  3. Cut the heart shape out. At this point, we discussed what shape it was and talked a bit about people we love.Pink heart shape cut out for preschooler Valentine's Day craft
  4. Give the heart, glue and squares of paper to your child. Instruct them on how to stick it to the paper and help if necessary.
    Sticking scrap paper to heart, Valentine's Day craft
  5. Turn the heart over to the back and trim any pieces of paper that go too far out so that you don’t lose the shape of the heart.
  6. Draw some eyes and a mouth on a piece of paper. I asked Autumn if she’d like a smiley mouth or a poking out tongue mouth. Of course, she chose the latter. Older toddlers can draw these themselves, of course!
    Cheeky face for preschooler Valentine's Craft
  7. Carefully cut out the eyes and mouth.
  8. Give them to your toddler to stick on to the heart. Again, help if you need to.
    Toddler gluing face onto Valentine's heart craft
  9. Ta da, you’re done!
    Toddler Valentine's Day versatile heart face craft
    Now you can just write a message on the back like we did or do whatever else you’d like to do with it. You could punch a hole in the top and thread a ribbon through so that you could hang it up somewhere.
    Message on back of toddler Valentine's Day craft

Other alternatives

  • You could forgo the eyes at step 6, instead cutting out two eye holes for your child and make it into a fun heart shaped mask! Attach a lolly stick with sticky tape or thread thin elastic through small holes at the sides.
  • You could make a smaller version of the heart and stick it at the top of a long thin piece of card to create a bookmark. You could then write a message on the part that goes in the book. I made a quick version minus the eyes and mouth to show you – and actually, it still looks pretty good without!
    Toddler bookmark Valentine's Day craft
  • If you created a medium shaped heart, it would look great on the front of a homemade valentines day card!

Pin it!

You know what they say, if you like it then you should put a pin in it!

Do you have any other ideas of what to do with this versatile Valentine’s Day craft? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

If you’re not feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, you might want to check out my post about why Valentine’s Day sucks.

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