Valentines Fun For Kids

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!
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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!

Kindness Hearts

Download the Kindness Heart Printables Here:
Kindness Hearts
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.
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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!

Valentine Chicken Printable

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!

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If you have a go at these Valentines activities, I’d love to see.  Do tag me in your photographs on social media.
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25 Comments Add yours

  1. What cute ideas for Valentine’s Day! I think you’re so right about teaching youngsters to use scissors. 🙂
    #DreamTeam

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  2. Love the chicken cards. Really simple but effective. #KCACOLS

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  3. The heart chickens are so, so sweet! I am useless at arts and crafts but I am going to try these with my daughter. She is only 2.5 but I think she will enjoy putting them together. Happy Valentine’s Day #TwinklyTuesday

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  4. I am not sure which one I love more!! The notes is such a lovely idea, so much so everyone is getting one! But damn those chickens are cute!!

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  5. Anita Faulkner - Writer says:

    The little love notes to your children – what a brilliant idea! Everyone should be doing this. They should make it the law! Am definitely stealing this. Xx

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  6. Coombe Mill says:

    I love these, pinning ass a great craft for the kids staying with us on holiday #TwinklyTuesday

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  7. What an awesome idea! Little messages of why we love our kids! I am definitely doing something similar – maybe write those messages and put it in their little gift bags on Valentine’s Day. And how cute are those chicken cards 🙂

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  8. Karen Dennis says:

    These are great, especially like the valentine chicken #stayclassymama@_karendennis

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  9. Love the Valentine Chickens! How simple yet they look so good! #KCACOLS

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  10. thisiswhereitis at says:

    Cute ideas for valentines day X #stayclassymama

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  11. thisiswhereitis at says:

    Just returning from #pocolo X

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  12. bread // queer little family says:

    Aw, I definitely want to make a valentines chicken with my kid! Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you come back next time.

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  13. RaisieBay says:

    I’m not really into Valentines Day but these chickens are super cute, I love them.
    #mmbc

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  14. Kim Carberry says:

    Aww! What a sweet idea. The heart chickens are just adorable x

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  15. The kindness hearts are such a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing and linking up #twinklytuesday

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  16. Awww what cute little chickies! I love them. Who would have thought you could make them out of heart shapes 🙂 They’ve turned out so well. We’ll have to give them a go…. and definitely the kindness hearts… they have got to be the sweetest things I’ve heard of in a long while. And so simple. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas with the #DreamTeam xx

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  17. juliemarie20 says:

    These are great ideas! It’s so good to teach our kids to think of others and those chicken cards are absolutely adorable!

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  18. juliemarie20 says:

    These are great ideas! It’s so good to teach our kids to think of others and the chicken cards are adorable!!

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  19. That is such a lovely idea. So important to tell them these things. I love the little heart shaped chickens too. I would never have thought to do that. #StayClassyMama

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  20. I’m not keen on children getting involved in Valentines activities but think I would use this at other times of year to focus on love and appreciateion. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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  21. crummymummy1 says:

    These are lovely ideas. It’s our youngest’s birthday on Valentine’s day so the day gets rather overtaken with that!! #ThatFridayLinky

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  22. Denise says:

    This is a really cute idea – so sweet 🙂 Making memories which will last a lifetime!

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