Here's an easy Valentine's Day craft for kids that would also make a lovely token for Mother's Day or Peace Day. It's made by tracing the child's own hand and they write the names of the people they love on each finger, so it's beautifully personal and unique! We mounted ours on sticks so they looked a bit like flowers, but they also work really well on cards.
- Red card
- Small pieces of coloured paper or wrapping paper
- Wooden kebab stick (cut off the point)
- Sticky gems or stickers to decorate
- Decorative ribbon or streamers
- Crayons, pens or pencils
- Scissors, glue and sticky tape
1. Trace the outline of the child's hand onto red card and cut out. It's easier for kids to cut the hand print if the fingers are spread apart.
2. Trace a heart shape onto coloured paper or some pretty wrapping paper. About 3 cm x 3.5 cm is a good size for the heart. I've included a template at the end of this post with a sheet of hearts that you can print onto coloured paper if you're doing this activity with a group (or just want lots of hearts!).
3. Stick the heart onto the palm of the hand.
4. Children write the names of everyone in their family or their loved-ones onto each finger of the hand. Use the backs of the fingers if you want to include more than five names!
5. Decorate the hand with sticky gems or stickers. Some of my kids drew hearts and flowers too.
6. Cut some ribbon and / or streamers and gather them together with the kebab stick. Use a piece of sticky tape to join them together at one end. Turn the hand over and stick the ribbons and the kebab stick to the back of the hand with sticky tape.
Alternatively, fold a rectangle of card and stick the hand to the front to make a lovely Valentine's card!
This is a straightforward craft which takes very little time to make. You may need to help children cut out around the fingers.
Some language teaching tips:
- This craft is great for teaching family vocabulary; Mummy, Daddy, brother, sister, Granny, Grandad, and even pets! Practise simple questions; "Who is Maria?", "Do you love your Granny?" "How many brothers and sisters have you got?"