Love is in the air!
I just love the pictures I see this time of year with kids forming a heart shape with their hands. I’ve created a cute way for us parents to keep that little heart forever with this Valentine’s Day heartprint craft for kids. This craft is part of the January Kids Craft Challenge. Join in by posting pictures of your own Valentine’s Day craft in the Kid Craft Challenge Facebook Group!
I decided to buy a tub of air dry craft clay to keep this craft extra simple,or you can make your own salt dough at home.
How to make the Valentine’s Day Handprint Craft for Kids
Rolling the clay into a ball and then flattening the clay is a great fine motor skills activity. Once your child has finished playing with the clay, have them flatten the ball into a round shape about 1/4″ in thickness.
Help your child shape their hands into a heart and press each hand down into the clay. Older kids may be able to hold the shape with both hands while you help them make the clay print, but I found that doing one hand at a time made things easier for my younger children.
If you plan to hang the heart with a ribbon, add a small hole with the end of a paintbrush to the top portion of the clay circle.
The handprint doesn’t always look much like a heart until the handprints are painted. If you’d like a more distinct heart shape, put your hands around the sides of the clay circle in a heart shape and squeeze the clay until the handprints are more defined. This adds your heart to the outside of the keepsake heart! Once the clay has dried, kids can paint their handprints. Paint inside the print with one color, and outside of the print with another to show off your child’s heart.
More Kid Craft Challenge Valentine’s Day Crafts
Washi Tape Heart by The Resourceful Mama
Crepe Paper Heart by My Bored Toddler
St. Valentine Paper Puppet (printable pattern & tutorial) by Maria Magdalena Living Ideas
Heart Suncatcher by Raising Little Superheroes
Valentine’s Day Heart Wreath by Raising Fairies and Knights
Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar For Kids by Play Dough & Popsicles
Valentine Luminary by The Gingerbread House
Valentine Paper Lanterns by Kidz Activities
Valentine’s Day Playdough with a free printable by Crafty Mama in ME
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