Valentines Day is just around the corner and if you’re looking for simple but effective Valentines crafts for toddlers or preschoolers to make, then I’m sure this easy heart craft will fit the bill.

This Scrunched Tissue Paper Valentine Heart Craft is one of the first Valentines crafts that my middle boy T made for me, a couple of years ago now, but it’s so cute I still have it and thought I would share the idea with all of you.

Scrunched tissue paper heart Valentines craft for toddlers or preschoolers

Personalising the craft with a photo is a lovely way to look back and remember each year. T was 3 in the picture here, and he really had a thing about wearing those builder hats! It’s a fun way to capture their personality within the Valentine.

To make this scrunched tissue paper heart craft for Valentines Day you will need

  • Glittery Card (Pink or red – gold or silver could work well too)
  • Coloured tissue paper (Go for mixed, or if using gold or silver card then use tissue in a Valentines day colour scheme of red, pink, white)
  • Glue
  • Photo of the child
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Shoe lace or string to hang

How to make this Valentines heart craft

Cut the glittery card into a heart shape. You could help with cutting, or buy pre-cut for younger toddlers, but older preschoolers may like to cut out their own heart.

Ask your child to scrunch each small piece of tissue paper and then glue it down around the edges of the heart to make a pretty border. PVA glue always tends to work much better than a glue stick for this type of task.

Cut the photograph into a shape to fit in the middle and glue it down firmly. If you don’t have a spare photograph handy or if your child prefers, then you could glue a drawing or self portrait into the middle of the heart instead – or even a hand written Valentines message if the child is a little older.

All the cutting, ripping, scrunching and gluing is good fine motor practice for little ones.

Punch two holes in the top side of the heart and string the shoe lace, wool or string through to make a loop to hang. Glittery shoe laces will work well for a nice effect.

simple valentines heart craft for toddlers or preschoolers

And you’re all done!

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