Valentines Fun For Kids
Christmas seems to be a long distant memory, January dragged out for 87 days and the weather is thoroughly miserable. That’s why we love any reason to have a little celebration. Not necessarily a huge party, although Rory would throw a party just because the day had a Y in it! Sometimes we just need a little something to lift the spirits.
This February, we’ve decided to do a little low key act of kindness for the boys in the run up to Valentine’s Day. We have printed out some heart shapes and I have written something I love about the boys on them. Each night I pop into their rooms once they are asleep and I stick one up. In the morning, they wake up and find a little heart with a reason Mummy and Daddy love them. It’s such a simply and easy idea but it brings a little bit of joy to these dreary mornings. Rory has loved waking up to his hearts so much that he has asked for a set of hearts to make them for Mummy & Daddy too so we don’t miss out!
If you’d like to have a go at doing this with your kids, then I’ve made a sheet of heart shapes for you. All you need to do is print them off, cut them out and you’re away.
You could print them onto red or pink paper for an extra touch of Valentines magic!
Download the Kindness Heart Printables Here:
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know how much I talk about the importance of using scissors and how great they are for development. I couldn’t let an opportunity pass without a little bit of scissors practice!
For our Valentines craft, we made Valentines Chicken Cards. These fabulous chickens are made entirely of heart shapes, all you need to add it two dots for eyes. These are so easy to make that we had the whole family making them, including Grandma and Grandad. I helped Rowan with cutting some of the smaller hearts as he is only two. He really loved doing all the sticking.
I have made a template so you can make a Valentines Chicken with your children too. You could either use the printout as a template and make your chicken on coloured card or your child could colour in the printable and then stick the parts together. Either way, you’ll end up with a really fabulous looking chicken!
Here’s a PDF of the chicken template: Valentine Chicken Printable
We used yellow card for the body, pink card for the crest and wings and orange card for the feet and beak. You can let your creativity go wild and use any colours you like of course!
First, make the body by drawing round the two large hearts onto coloured card. (Or colour them in and cut them out) Fold along the bold line so your hearts overlap neatly and form a card. Make sure your fold is on the left so it opens like a card. The point of the heart is the top of your chicken.
Next, draw round the hearts for each body part onto coloured card, or colour them in, and cut them out. You should have 2 large, 3 medium and 1 small heart.
We are now going to assemble the chicken. Using a glue stick, put a little bit of glue on the back of your card at the top. Stick the crest heart down so the rounded part of the heart sticks up over the chickens head.
Then, glue the left wing onto your chicken so the rounded part of the heart is on the body and the point folds round the crease of your card. Repeat with the right wing. Make sure you open your card and stick the point just under the front flap of the card, otherwise your chicken won’t open!
With your card open, stick your feet inside the front flap of the card so the rounded part of the heart sticks out under neath the chicken’s body.
Close your card and stick on the beak.
Finally, finish your card but adding to black dots for eyes.
Your Valentines Chicken Card is complete. You just need to add a message and send it to someone special!