30 Valentine Crafts and Activities for Kids

Looking for some Valentine craft and activity kids for your kids?

 

I have 30 craft, learning, and play activities that are PERFECT for kids! In this article, you will also find A LOT of FREE printables!

 

You can do these crafts and activities at home or in the classroom. There are simple to pull off, and the kids will enjoy them! Let’s get started!


Activity #1: Love Birds Paper Plates

 

How cute are these little love birds? This is the PERFECT Valentine’s craft!

 

Paper plate crafts are SIMPLE and always turn out so cute! They also make for a great craft for preschoolers and up!

 

love bird plates

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

acylic paint set

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B. Set-up

 

Cut a paper plate in half. Paint the plates red, pink, and purple! Create some hearts from card stock; these will be your wings!

 

C. Activity

 

Have your child decorate each of the lovebirds by using gems, feathers, and little hearts. To create the little hearts, have them use a heart hole puncher (linked above) with construction paper.

 

They should glue these supplies on! To create the feet, cut two small pieces of pipe cleaners. Then, twist one onto the bottom of the other. An adult needs to hot glue the pipe cleaner feet on!

 


Activity #2: Heart Puzzles

 

This simple learning activity is festive for the holiday, and it’s a great way to practice letter matching skills!

 

Foam shapes are one of my favorite supplies. Whenever I see them in at the craft store, I always stock up on a bunch because they are versatile.

 

letter puzzles hearts

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

foam heart shapes

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B. Set-up

 

Cut the foam shapes in half. You can create straight, zig-zag, and curvy cuts through the hearts to create puzzle pieces. Write an upper case letter on one half the lower case letter on the other half.

 

C. Activity

 

Your little ones should match up the correct upper and lower case letters. They should identify the letter before matching them up!

 

RELATED: Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers 

 


Activity #3: Magic Milk Experiment

 

Magic milk is such a classic experiment to try with kids! This is a fun holiday twist to this science activity.

 

Grab some Valentine baking cups to do this activity to try several different colors!

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

heart shaped bowl

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B. Set-up

 

In the heart baking cups, pour some milk inside. The amount will differ depending on how big your baking cups are. Fill it halfway up. Drop a few drops of red, purple, and pink food coloring inside the baking cups.

 

C. Activity

 

Dip a Q-tip in dish soap and lightly touch the milk and food coloring mixtures. See how the food coloring spreads out around the milk! It’s so cool to watch. I love incorporating a bunch of different colors with the baking cups!

 


Activity #4: Valentines Day Photo Frames

 

Looking for a gift idea that you can make at home? There’s just something special about homemade gifts.

 

These popsicle stick photo frames are easy to do, and the kids really enjoy getting to create special frames for others.

 

diy heart photo frames

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

vegetable tray

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B. Set-up

 

Hot glue 4 popsicle sticks together. Place two horizontally, then place the other two vertically, so all the ends are touching! Set up a tray for the kids to pick their supplies out of.

 

C. Activity

 

The adult or kids can squeeze the glue all over the popsicle sticks (this makes it easier to just stick the items on). Then, the kids can pick what supplies they want to add to the frame and place them on.

 

They can think of a specific design they want for each side, or they can just decorate them however they want!

 

Lastly, pick a picture to add to the frame and hot glue that to the popsicle sticks on the back. You can also have them write a note inside the frame instead of a picture.

 


Activity #5: Valentine’s Day Sensory Bottles

 

Sensory bottles are my latest obsession. They turn out so pretty, and they are SUPER simple to do!

 

Watching the objects move through the bottles is so calming. It’s also really cool to see the differences in how the objects move in each one.

 

This is a great sensory activity for toddlers and babies because they can’t put anything in their mouths.  You can also glue them shut to make sure the top won’t come off! 

 

 

How to do this activity

 

1. Materials you need

 

sensory bottles

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2. Set-up

 

In the sensory bottle, dump 3/4 of the clear glue into the bottle and fill the rest of the bottle up with water. Leave a little room at the top so the items can move around. Drop-in your objects and shake them all up. See how the glue and water interact to make the objects slow down. You can also use hair gel to see if there is a difference in how fast it goes.

 

3. Activity

 

Shake and flip around to watch the objects move around! This activity is great to help calm and relax kiddos!

 


Activity #6: Conversation Heart Graphing

 

Conversation hearts are a Valentine’s Day staple. They’ve been around forever! I end up getting a few packs each year for fun activities to do with the kids.

 

This year, I created a FREE Conversation Heart Graph for you!

 

conversation heart graph

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

*FREE Conversation Heart Graphing printable*

 

B. Set-up

 

It couldn’t be easier! Print off my graph and grab a bunch of Conversation Hearts!

 

C. Activity

 

First, have your kids sort the hearts by color. Then, they should count the amount of each color they have! After they count a color, they should use a crayon/marker to fill in the amount on the chart!

 

This is a great way to introduce graphs to your kids. This is a fun activity that involves treats and small numbers!

 

RELATED: Teaching Resources

 


Activity #7: Tactile Learning Sticks

 

In my opinion, hands-on learning activities are the BEST. Why? Kids learn best by actually touching and doing an activity.

 

I have done many tactile learning boards using cardboard; this time, I tried using popsicle sticks. They are easier for the kids to hold themselves.

 

tactile sticks

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

 

numbers

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B. Set-up:

 

Use hot-glue to glue the objects to the sticks. This way, when the kids pick them up, they won’t come off. Do a different amount for each stick.

 

C. Activity

 

Have your little ones touch each object on the stick and count each one. If you have numbers, they can choose the correct number out of a group of numbers to show you they can recognize the number. Do this for each stick!

 

RELATED: Number Recognition Activities for Preschoolers

 


Activity #8: Rhyming Word Heart Letter Match

 

Here are the foam hearts again! You’ll see them appear throughout the article because they are literally the BEST thing ever.

 

This heart rhyming activity is great for homeschool or for in the classroom! Rhyming is a skill that is crucial to kids learning how to read.

 

rhyming hearts activity

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

easel paper

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B. Set-up

 

Trace the shape of the foam hearts onto the easel paper. You can use different colored markers to do this to make it colorful for Valentine’s! Write a word inside the hearts that has a rhyming word. On the foam hearts, write a word that rhymes with each word you wrote.

 

Try to choose words that have different endings! This will expose your child to more word endings.

 

Need help coming up with rhyming words? Check out this site for ideas.

 

C. Activity

 

Your child will sort through the hearts to match up the rhyming words! They will place the foam heart onto the word that is written on the piece of paper. Make sure to have them attempt to read each word.

 

If you have a little one first learning how to read, have them sound out each letter to read the whole word.

 

RELATED: Kindergarten Activities for Kids

 


Activity #9: Tissue Paper Hearts

 

My son loves doing tissue paper scrunching activities because he gets to use scissors! He’s obsessed with learning how to cut.

 

Plus, he gets to scrunch up tissue paper, so it’s a win-win for him :).

 

scunched tissue paper craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

colored tissue paper

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B. Set-up

 

Have your little one cut pieces of tissue paper up to scrunch. This is a great activity to practice scissors skills because the paper has to be scrunched up anyway, so they can just try their best!

 

You can create the heart shape out of pink, purple, red, or white cardstock!

 

C. Activity

 

They will scrunch the colored tissue paper up in their hands to create a ball formation. Once you have enough to fill up your heart, you can add glue to your entire heart.

 

They can then stick the tissue paper onto the heart. They can make a specific pattern or just place the different colored pieces all over the heart. No matter what, it turns out pretty!

 

RELATED: FUN Fine Motor Activities for Kids 

 


Activity #10: Dancing Hearts Science Experiment

 

I have another fun and simple Valentine science experiment for you! I did a similar one during the fall time with corn, and the kids loved it.

 

Your kids will be amazed to see the candy hearts floating up or down! Check out the video below to see how it looks.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

art tray

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B. Set-up

 

Make sure to have an art tray under the glass! In a clear glass, add in a tablespoon of baking soda then 1 cup of water. Add in 1/4 cup of vinegar.

 

C. Activity

 

Drop-in several Conversation Hearts to the glass, then add in 1/4 cup of vinegar again! You should start seeing the hearts move up and down!

 

You can keep adding vinegar in to watch the experiment over and over again!

 


Activity #11: Writing Tray

 

Writing trays are a frustration-free writing activity for kids! They don’t have to stay within the lines, and they can just try their best to learn how to form the letters.

 

I always try to add in something fun like sprinkles, shaving cream, or corn into my writing trays! The kids love the sensory aspect of it.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

*FREE Heart Writing Tracibles printable*

 

circle tray

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the letters you want to work on, so your child knows how to create each letter! Then, in a tray, dump some Valentine colored sprinkles in.

 

C. Activity

 

Your child can use a paintbrush to create the letters in the sprinkles, or they can use their fingers. They should identify the letter that you place in the tray then create it! Repeat for all the letters.

 

RELATED: Handwriting Activities for Preschoolers 

 


Activity #12: Love You to Pieces Craft

 

This is another DIY gift idea that your little one can make mom, dad, grandparents, or other family members!

 

Popsicle stick activities are simple for kids to do. They will also love that puzzle pieces are involved for this one.

 

love you to pieces craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

blank puzzle pieces

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B. Set-up

 

Hot glue the red popsicle sticks together. I did 6 popsicle sticks! Use acrylic paint to paint the puzzle pieces.

 

C. Activity

 

Once the puzzle pieces dry, hot glue them to the popsicle sticks. Have your little one write on the sticks. I love you to pieces. They can also write their name and who it is to on the sticks to make it a little bit more personal.

 

You can also add hot glue some twine on the back so it can be hung up as well!

 


Activity #13: Valentine’s Day Bingo

 

Playing fun games during the season is one of my favorite things to do with the kids!

 

Bingo is a great first game to introduce to kids because they learn how to follow the rules of a game, they learn vocabulary words, and you can even work on beginning sounds for children who are old enough!

 

valentines bingo

 

How to do this activity

 

1. Materials you need

 

Click HERE to grab your Valentine Bingo Cards– 10 different cards included

 

white cardstock

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2. Set-up

 

Print off how many cards you need! I provide 10 different cards with the same objects in the set, just in different spots :). Cut out the playing cards.

 

3. Activity

 

Have one player pull the cards out of a bowl. They will say what’s on the card and show the card to all the players (this helps toddlers and preschoolers). They will place their game piece on the picture that is called. The object is to get 5 in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally! 

 

Once this happens, they will say BINGO! You can play until the entire card is filled or start back over.

 

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Activity #14: Valentine’s Day Tic-Tac-Toe

 

Okay, how cute are these Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe boards? Guess what?! They are FREE!

 

You can use these to play along with your little one or have them pass them out as a part of their Valentine to others!

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

*FREE Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe printable*

 

B. Set-up

 

Print off the boards and grab what you will play with!

 

C. Activity

 

Play tic-tac-toe with your little ones! Explain this classic game to your little ones. This is a wonderful first game to introduce to preschoolers.

 

They have to get three in a row by placing items vertically, horizontally, or diagonally! They are also trying to stop the other player from getting three in a row.

 


Activity #15: DIY Valentine Holder

 

Paper plate activities are my FAVORITE kind of craft. They are cute, easy and the kids always enjoy them.

 

This Valentine’s Day holder is perfect to do at home or in the classroom. We have been leaving little notes to each other over the past few days since we have created these. It’s so much fun!

 

paper plate valentine holder

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Paint 1 whole paper plate red! Cut another paper plate in half and paint that. Once they dry, staple the half plate to the bottom of the whole plate several times to ensure the Valentine’s won’t fall out!

 

C. Activity

 

Decorate the plates by writing your name, adding stickers, and other Valentine craft supplies. With a hole punch, punch a hole at the top of the plate to stick a string through it to be able to hang it up!

 


Activity #16: Fruit Loop Heart Threading

 

Fine motor skills are essential for kids to do everyday activities like buttoning their shirts, zip their jacks, and tie their shoes.

 

Dong activities to strengthen the small muscles in your fingers like this Fruit Loop threading activity help get those muscles stronger to do those important things.

 

fruit loop threading hearts

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

pipe cleaners

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B. Set-up

 

Have your little ones help you sort the Fruit Loops by color in bowls! Create a heart shape with each colored pipe cleaner.

 

C. Activity

 

Your child will use color matching skills to place the correct colored Fruit Loops on the pipe cleaners. They will thread Fruit Loops through the entire pipe cleaner to create a colored heart.

 

RELATED: FUN Fine Motor Activities for Kids

 


Activity #17: Salt Painting Hearts

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know about my love for salt painting. It’s something that I tend to do quite a lot.

 

I LOVE how the colors turn out each time we do a salt painting activity. It’s also so cool to watch the watercolors flow through the salt.

 

salt heart painting

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

watercolor set for kids

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B. Set-up

 

With a pencil, draw a bunch of hearts on the white paper. Then, outline your drawings with glue and dump salt ALL over them. Make sure to do this on an art tray, so it’s easy to dump the excess out in the trash.

 

You will need to let this dry once you completed this step. It takes a few hours. I tend to do this at night, so it’s ready to paint in the morning, so the kids don’t have to wait. 

 

C. Activity

 

Use watercolors to paint the salt! You can stick with one color, or you can try different colors. No matter how you do it, it will turn out beautiful.

 


Activity #18: Valentine 10+20 Frames

 

My daughter is in kindergarten, and I knew she would be working on different ways to write or see numbers.

 

But, what I didn’t realize is how much she would be working with 10 frames! I decided to create a fun Valentine-themed 10+20 frame activity for both my kids to practice this skill since it’s something schools WANT students to know.

 

valentine 10+20 frames

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

*FREE Valentine 10 + 20 Frames printable*

 

do a dot markers

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the 10 frames you want to work on! Also, get out your supplies you want them to build numbers with.

 

C. Activity

 

Your child should use the manipulative that you chose to create the number. They should place one item in each of the squares. Before beginning, have them say the number, so you know they understand it first!

 

RELATED: Addition Activities for Kids

 


Activity #19: Muffin Tray Counting

 

I love using supplies that I have around the house for learning activities. They are simple to set up, and it’s free, can’t beat that.

 

Muffin tray counting is an excellent fine motor activity for kids that gets them working on number recognition and counting skills.

 

muffin tray counting activity

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

*FREE Valentine Muffin Numbers printable*

 

 

tweezers for kids

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the muffin tray printable, cut out the circles, and place them inside the muffin tray. You can mix the numbers up or keep them in numerical order.

 

C. Activity

 

Your children will use the tweezers or their fingers to pick up the poms and place the correct amount in each circle! They should tell you what the number is and then count out loud.

 

RELATED: How to Teach your Toddler Numbers

 


Activity #20: Marbled Valentines Day Art

 

I just discovered this new craft, and I’m hooked! The colors look so neat when they blend.

 

The process is really simple, as well! You only need just a few supplies to do this.

 

marbled valentine craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

food coloring

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B. Set-up

 

On cardstock, create a heart shape and cut it out. On an art tray, spray some foam shaving cream and drop in a few drops of food coloring. Use a toothpick to spread the food coloring throughout the shaving cream.

 

C. Activity

 

Place the heart into the shaving cream mixture and gently press down to make sure the entire heart gets the mixture on it. Pull it up and place it on an art tray!

 

Use a paintbrush to brush off the extra shaving cream to reveal the colors underneath! Let them dry on the tray.

 


Activity #21: Valentine’s Day I SPY

 

I SPY activities have become a staple for us for each holiday/season! The kids enjoy searching for the objects and seeing if they can find all of them before the other one can.

 

This is a wonderful and fun way to get some counting practice in as well!

 

valentine i SPY

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

*FREE Valentine’s I SPY printable*

 

B. Set-up

 

Print off the I SPY sheet and grab a marker!

 

C. Activity

 

Go through each of the objects on the sheet and have the kids find them on the sheet. Once they find one, cross it off with a marker, so they don’t go back to the same one. Have them write the amount there is on the line!

 


Activity #22: Valentine’s Cupcake Sensory

 

Using cake for sensory smells amazing, and the kids love it! It’s such a great one for a fun little treat.

 

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of sweet treats like cupcakes! This was a great activity for the kids to build their own little cakes!

 

valentine sensory play

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

heart baking cups

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B. Set-up

 

Make the cake by following the directions on the box. Let it cool, then start chopping it up with a spoon and dump it into a sensory bin. Then, add in the baking cups, mini red cups with whip cream, and scoopers.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids create their own cupcakes/cakes! They can use the scooper to scoop up some of the cake into the baking cups. They can use spoons to add on the whipped cream on top of their cake. Then, after they are all done creating, they can eat their treat!

 

RELATED: The BEST Sensory Bins for Kids

 


Activity #23: Love Jar

 

Showing my kids reasons why I love them is one of my FAVORITE things to do. I have done several activities like the one below, and I love seeing their faces reading what I wrote.

 

Our kids need to know why they are special and why we care about them!

 

love jar

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

*FREE Love Jar printable*

 

B. Set-up

 

Print off the jar and the hearts. Cut out the hearts and have your little ones color the jar!

 

C. Activity

 

Write on the heart’s reasons why you love your kids. Then, either they can read the answers, or you can read it for them. You can also have them fill out the hearts for people in your family!

 

RELATED: Teaching Resources

 


Activity #24: Love Potion Counting Activity Cards

 

I have a ton of fun little loose parts that the kids love playing with! I always find little cute supplies at Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, or Micheals.

 

We had TOO much fun making love potions with all the fun manipulatives!

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

*Click HERE to grab your Love Potion Recipe Cards*

 

B. Set-up

 

Place all of the supplies in an organizing tray! Print off the cards.

 

C. Activity

Have your little ones tell you how many of each object they should place inside the bowl. They will count out the amount while placing them in the bowl! Once all the materials are in for one recipe, have them mix it up with a spoon!

 

Place the supplies back and repeat for the next recipes!

 

RELATED: ABCDeeLearnring’s Teachers Pay Teachers Store

 


Activity #25: Heart Wreath

 

We had a blast making this heart wreath together! My daughter loved creating the heart shapes; she even has a few as decorations in her room!

 

These hearts are all stapled together. So it’s really easy to put it together and makes for a cute decoration for Valentine’s.

 

heart stapled wreath

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Cut strips of different colored cardstock paper to create the hearts. To make the heart take one of the strips and bend it in half. Then, curl both sides in to make the top part of the heart and staple the tops together. Repeat this process for all the hearts.

 

C. Activity

 

Staple the sides of each heart together in a circle formation! Once they are all attached, punch two holes at the top in two different hearts. Then, stick a piece of twine through the holes and tie them to hang this wreath up!

 


Activity #26: Fizzy Valentine’s Experiment

 

Have you ever tried a fizzy experiment with your kids? I have done them several times now, and their enthusiasm is the same each time!

 

It’s such a fun and simple experiment that gets the kids excited because they love to see it bubble up and overflow! Check out the video below to see how it looks.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Add the baking cups to a sensory bin. In the baking cups, add some baking soda and valentine confetti.

 

C. Activity

 

In a measuring cup, add in 2 cups of vinegar and dump it into the baking cups. See it all fizz up! You can keep dumping vinegar over and over again to see the reaction occur.

 


Activity #27: Hershey Kisses Matching Game

 

Nothing is better than a simple setup, lots of learning, and kids enjoying themselves! This Hershey Kiss game has all three of these qualities!

 

Memory is a great game for kids to practice critical thinking skills! It’s also a fun little twist to use candy.

 

Hershey Kisses color match memory

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

dot stickers

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B. Set-up

 

On some Hershey Kisses, place different colored dot stickers on the bottom. Make sure each one has a match!

 

 

C. Activity

 

Line them up, as you see above, in several rows. Then, have the kids flip one over at a time. Then, they will flip another one over to see if the colors under match. If they don’t, they have to flip both back over. If they do, they can move them over to the side!

 

The goal is to try to match all the colors up!

 


Activity #28: Musical Alphabet Hearts

 

I love getting the kids up and moving. Especially in the wintertime because we can’t get outside as much as I’d like to!

 

You can have the kids practice skipping, galloping, sliding, hopping, and leaping with this one! All of these locomotor skills are SO important to teach your kids!

 

musical hearts activity

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

On foam shapes, write some letters of the alphabet!

 

C. Activity

 

Turn on some music and have the kids move around the circle of hearts! They can do any of the skills I mentioned above, or they can walk/run. Turn the music off and have them look at the heart they are standing by.

 

They should identify that letter they stopped at when the music stops! If you have an older child, they can also say the sound it makes and a word that starts with that letter.

 

RELATED: 20 Exciting Exercises for Kids

 


Activity #29: Conversation Heart Racing

 

Looking for a fun, competitive game to play at home or in the classroom? This is a simple set up, and the kids will LOVE it!

 

You can turn this into a race, or you can just have the kids attempt to try to balance the hearts on the popsicle stick!  Either way, it’s fun!

 

conversation heart racing

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

colored popsicle sticks

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B. Set-up

 

Place two pieces of tape on the floor for a starting and finish line. On a popsicle stick, place at least one Conversation Heart. If you have older children, you can place several on there to make this more challenging.

 

C. Activity

 

On the GO signal, the kids will try to walk from the starting line to the finish line without dropping any hearts. If they drop them, all they have to do is place them back on the stick and keep going. The object of the game is to get to the opposite side the fastest!

 

RELATED: 10 Active Birthday Party Games for Kids

 


Activity #30: Play-Doh Mats

 

Play-Doh activities are ALWAYS a hit over here! When I break out the Play-Doh, it’s something that gets played with all morning.

 

These Valentine mats are FREE, and the kids get to make their own fun creations for each one.

 

play doh mats valentine

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

*FREE Valentine Play-Doh Mats*

 

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the sheets that you want to do with the kids and place them inside a dry erase folder. The folders are needed for this activity so that the Play-Doh won’t stick to the paper. 

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids use Play-Doh to make their own fun creations for each picture. They can use loose parts like gems to decorate their designs!

 

RELATED: Teaching Resources

 


Final Thoughts and Conclusions

 

I hope you found some fun Valentine crafts and activities to do with your kids this Valentine’s Day!

 

If you do anything special for Valentine’s Day with your kids, we’d love to hear about it. Please let us know in the comments below what your favorite activity is to do with your kids or students!

 

Also, if you try any of these activities, tell me how it went! I always love hearing feedback.

 

Happy Learning!

 

Deena <3

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