Preschoolers love the holidays. The joy they find in these simple days of celebration is unmatched by adults. You can help your preschooler find even more joy in the holidays by helping them do fun crafts that embrace the ideas of the holiday and let them get involved in the fun. For Valentine’s Day one of the best crafts you can do with your preschooler is one that lets them make something to give, and a craft that they can have fun making.
A great choice for a preschool craft that does both of these things is the : Lacing it up treat pouch.
The following are the things you need for this craft:
Red, pink, or Valentine print cardstock
A heavy clear, cut-able plastic
A hole puncher (preferably one that is heart shaped)
Red or pink yarn
The idea of this craft is to make a pouch that can be filled with candy and given as a gift to someone they love, whether that be a friend, parent, grandparent, or sibling, your preschooler is going to have a blast making their Valentine craft.
Ok, what you want to do is draw a pattern of a heart. It is good to have it about 8 inches high. Now, take your pattern, and trace a heart on your patterned or colored cardstock, and on your plastic. Cut your hearts out slightly inside the trace mark so that you do not see it on the finished product.
Now take your plastic heart, and your cardstock heart, and lay them on top of each other. Now, use your hole puncher and punch a hole through both layers. Space them out about a half an inch a part all the way around the entire edges of the hearts.
This is the point where your preschooler gets to help out. Give them the prepared hearts, and a really long piece of yarn. Help them thread the yarn through the holes lacing the whole thing together, leaving the top open so that it can be stuffed with the candy they chose for their Valentine’s Day lace up heart.
You can also give them some crayons and allow them to color the back of the paper heart so that they add their own personal touch to it. Help them draw hearts, or color in hearts you have drawn. The printed side of the paper should be facing inward so you can see it through the clear plastic.
Once it is colored and laced, let your preschooler fill the heart with candy. Stuff it in there, but be careful not to rip the paper or the plastic. Once it is full, finish lacing the heart up, and tie with a nice big bow.
Then let your preschool child give it to the person of their choice. It is a good idea to make an extra one so that they can have one too. Most preschoolers love to share only when they know they are getting something of equal or better value.
This is just one of many fun craft ideas for your preschooler. You can do any sort of craft that involves coloring, hearts, and love for Valentine’s Day. It is best to help your preschooler if they need to use scissors, glue, or paint. It is also a good idea to plan your crafts around their skill levels, and have someone available to help them with anything they are struggling with.