Books

Valentine School Parties: What Do I Do?
The Great Valentine Mystery
All New Crafts For Valentines
Valentine Boxes: What Do I Do?
175 Easy-To-Do Valentine Crafts
Peanuts Valentine Craft Kit

Art Activities

Valentines and Variations
Well, there are so many kinds of Valentines, I almost do not know where to start. First I will start with materials you can use to make any of these Valentines:

Possible Materials
Glitter, Crayons, Pens, Colored Pencils, Markers, Paint, Lace, String, Yarn, Ribbon, Paper Doilies, Tissue Paper, Torn Paper, Heart Shaped Paper, The Holes from a hole punch, Stickers, Sand, Twine, Old Puzzle Pieces, Buttons, Colored Glue, Colored Tape, Chalk, Wet Chalk, Wrapping Paper, Stamps, Aluminum Foil, Heart Shaped Confetti, Glue on Candy Confections, Heart Shaped Sponge Painting, Pasta or rice colored with red food coloring.

Possible Variations
Make the Valentine Heart Shaped
Cut the Edges with special scissors that have a funny shape. (If you have a pair you know what I'm talking about)
Make a Valentines Card
Have pre-written poems for the children to glue on their Valentine, let the children choose the poem they like the best.
Make the card out of the paper doily, heart shaped.
Let the children write a poem for the inside.
Let the children write a special message, or have the child tell you what to write.
Use bleeding tissue paper on white paper. Have the children place small pieces of tissue paper on the paper. Have them add water with a paint brush. Allow to dry, and peel off the paper.
Make Valentine Cookies with a Sugar Cookie recipe.

Poems you may use for the cards: 
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
Sugar is sweet,
and so are you.

I think you are nice
I think you are fine,
Won't you please be my
Valentine

Love Somebody,
Yes I do,
Love Somebody,
Can you guess who?

I love you (fill in the black)
Yes I do
I will love you this year,
And next year too.

Heart Hands Pyramid
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Paint the child's hand white, and place three hand prints on the bottom of the page. Paint the other hand red and place one hand print at the top. Then have the child mix the paint on their hands and make two pink hand prints in the middle.

Glue Hearts
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Place glue on a piece of paper in a heart shape. Have the children place glitter, colored rice (shown on left) or Koolaid (on right) on the glue.

Popsicle Heart Frame
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Have the children glue four Popsicle sticks together to form a rectangle. Add foam accents or decorate as desired.

Heart Punch Collage
Buy the Punches!!
We used a heart punch to make many different colored hearts for the children to glue to different colors of construction paper. We punched wall paper and construction paper.

Contact Paper Art
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You will need a picture of a heart or the letter "v". A reverse image is needed if the letter or picture can be backwards, such as the letter "E". Place the image on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the image. Supply the children with scraps of construction paper to tissue paper. (Pieces of a plastic lei were used for the photo of this project) Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper.

Cotton Heart
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Place glue on a piece of paper in a heart shape. Have the children place cotton balls on the paper.

Heart Hands
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Paint the child's hands pink (and/or) red. Have the children make a heart shape as shown with their hands.

Wooden Heart
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Have the children decorate a wooden heart shape with felt or paint.

Red, Pink and White Art
Let children make pictures using, the colors listed above with markers, crayons or paint.

Heart Fun 
Have the children cut out heart shapes and write cute little sayings on them, like "I Love You" or "Be Mine"

Heart Rubbings 
Cut heart shapes from paper doilies or sandpaper. Tape these hearts to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the hearts and rub a crayon over the heart.

Valentine Mailboxes 
Have the children supply a small shoe box for this project. Cut a small slit in the top for the Valentines to go in. Then have the children decorate the box with some of the items that are listed above in the materials section.

Creating The Color Pink 
Ask the children what colors you need to make pink. Then supply them with red and white paint and white paper. Ask the children to mix the colors to get their favorite shade of pink. Discuss how all the colors of pink are a little different.

Heart Shapes 
You can show older children how to make hearts by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing an ice cream cone along the folded edge and cutting it out. Let the children try cutting hearts out of pink, white and red paper.

Shaving Cream Art 
Add a drop of red food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a white piece of paper.

Heart Shaped Potato Prints 
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a heart shaped cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a heart shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.

Heart Fish 
You will need to supply each child with one very large heart shape for the fishes body, one large heart shape for the tail two or three heart shapes for the fins, and one tiny heart shape for the mouth. Have the children glue the extra large and large heart together by the points, and then add the fins to the body, then the tiny heart is the mouth.

Heart Necklaces 
Supply the children with heart shaped beads and yarn. You child also have the children cut out heart shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.

Heart Door Hang
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Supply the children with a foam door hanger. Let the children decorate with foam hearts.

Tin Foil Valentine
Mix white glue and dry red tempera paint. Cover a small piece (about 3 or four inches square) of card stock with tin foil. Allow the child to paint a Valentine picture on the foil with the glue.

Valentine Spaghetti
Cook spaghetti noodles, drain and cool. Fill a gallon Ziplock bag one quarter of the way with water. Add red food coloring to the water. Add cooked spaghetti and mix around in the Ziplock bag until noodles change color. Drain. Children can take one noodle at a time, dip it in glue and place it on a piece of paper in the shape of a heart.

ed Colored Rice
You'll need:
uncooked white rice
red food coloring
white vinegar
non-toxic glue
cardboard or paper

Place 1/2 cup rice into a clean bowl (either glass or one that you don't care about). Add 5 drops of red food coloring and 1/2 tsp. vinegar to set the color. Mix around until the rice has absorbed the color. Spread rice evenly onto a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes, this dries the rice. After the rice has dried and cooled, place in a ziplock bag and seal.

Rice Art
Supply the children with a piece of card stock cut out in the shape of a heart. Have the children glue the rice onto the heart shape.

Kool Aid Art:
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Sprinkle a little dry red Kool aid mix onto a piece of paper cut out in the shape of a heart. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. For added adventure, you may choose to take your children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has Kool-aid on it.

Eye Dropper Art:
Set out three cups, half filled with water. Add different amounts of red food coloring to each cup of water. Have your child use an eye dropped to drop the colored water onto a piece of paper towel. Notice how the water evaporates, leaving the color behind.

Bubble Art:
Add a little red food coloring to bubble mix. Go outside and blow some bubbles. Have your child catch the bubbles on a piece of paper to create bubble art!!

Bubble Art II:
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Supply the children with a bowl with bubble mix in it and a straw with a hole near the top to prevent children from sucking the soap up. Have the children blow into the straw while it is in the bowl creating bubbles. Then, have the child place a drop of red food coloring on the top of the bubbles and quickly press a piece of paper on the top of the bubbles to create bubble prints.

Blow art:
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You will need: watered down non-toxic paint, paper, pipettes and straws. Supply each child with a straw and a piece of paper. Allow the children to use the pipette (or medicine dropper NOT GLASS) to place a small amount of red, pink and purple paint onto a piece of paper. Then, have them use the straw to blow the paint around their picture.

Heart Shaped Sponge Print
You can find heart shaped sponges at most art and craft stores or you can make your own. Have your child dip the sponges into pink or red paint and press on a piece of paper.

Valentine's Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Have the child glue the pink and red feathers to the headband.

Valentine's Headbands 2
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Have the child glue the pink and red heart shapes to the headband.

Valentine Headbands 3Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Glue the red or pink yarn, paper, ribbons, or other various art materials to the headband.

Valentine Necklaces
Have the children cut out heart shapes from pink or red construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. Add pink and/or red colored noodles to the necklace.

Valentine Necklaces 2
Have the children string red pink and purple colored noodles onto yarn to create a necklace.

Cookie Cutter PaintingPlace a small amount of pink, red and white tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip a heart shaped cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print.

Feather Painting Provide each child with a feather, red, pink and white paint and paper. Ask the children paint a picture using the feather as a paint brush.

Balloon PrintsIn a pie tin, place three to five teaspoon sized portions of different shades of red tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Let your child mix the colors, or use one color at a time. This is messy, but the results are wonderful.

Sticker Art
For a very simple art project, supply the children with a piece of paper and Valentine's stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.

Valentine's Place mat
Have the children cut out pictures of red or pink items from magazines. Have the children glue the pictures onto a piece of paper. Laminate the paper and use for a place mat.

Yarn Art
Set out a piece of yarn and a shallow container of red paint . Have the child dip the yarn in one color of paint, and run it across the paper. Use a new piece of string for a different shade of red.

Heart Paper
Cut out a heart shape from a big piece of paper. Have your child decorate the balloon with a variety of red or pink items.

Lego Prints
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different shades of red paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with a variety of Duplo blocks to dip in the paint and press onto the paper to make prints.

The oh so popular MESS FREE Marble Painting
First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container. Place a few drops of red , pink and purple paint into the container with a few marbles (be sure to observe carefully as marbles are a choking hazard) then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child.
For extra Valentine's Day flair, use paper shaped like a heart.

Fingerprint Heart

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Inkblot Pictures
Fold a piece of paper in half. Open the paper and have your child paint on one side of the paper with red, pink and white paint. Have the child fold the paper in half again, with the paint inside and press the halves together. Open the paper to see the identical pictures.

Paper Bag Vests
Take a paper bag, and cut a straight line in the middle of the front from the top to the bottom. The bottom of the bag will be the top of the vest. Cut out the neck and holes for your child's arms. Let your child decorate with pink and red hearts, and wear.

Paper Plate Shaker
Take two sturdy paper plates. (The stronger the better)Place some beans on one of the plates and place the other plate on top of the first so that both eating surface areas are facing each other. Use masking tape to seal the plates together. Have your child decorate with red or pink markers, glitter, construction paper, or ribbons. When dry, shake. Shake to music, shake it each time you take a step. Shake, Shake Shake!!!