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Valentine's Day Crafts & Recipes for Kids
Fun Activities for Little Hands!
I wanted to have some fun with my 2 1/2-year-old for Valentine's Day, so I put together a few crafts and recipes with a heart theme. My 10-month-old wasn't too involved in the creating process, but she certainly enjoyed the Valentine's Day foods!
We did everything over the course of a few days, so there are a variety of projects and treats. I've shared the photos, descriptions, and recipes from our projects, all fun and friendly for little hands!
Heart Stamp Painting
This homemade stamp project started with toilet paper rolls. I saved up a few rolls and pulled out some pink, red and glittery purple paint.
To make the hearts, I bent one part of the cardboard roll into a point, for the bottom of the heart. Then I pushed in the other end and clamped it between my fingers to form a crease for the top of the heart. They held their shape.
You'll notice that my daughter loves getting her hands into the paint, and so we made not just heart prints, but hand prints as well!
Heart Play Dough
Homemade play dough is always a favorite at our house. My daughter just loves play dough, but making it herself - huge bonus!
It's super easy, too. Put a few ingredients in a pot, stir on the stove, and voila: cheap, homemade sensory play.
And it's soft, too.
The glitter is optional, but fun. And the vegetable oil can be replaced with hand lotion if you want it to make your hands extra soft during playtime, but I use the oil because my 10-month-old has a habit of finding everything you don't want her to and putting it in her mouth. The recipe listed below is edible. Except for the glitter.
Sometimes we just sculpt with the dough, but since we were discussing Valentine's Day, I pulled out my plastic heart-shaped cookie cutters and a toy rolling pin, and we dyed the dough pink.
After making plenty of hearts, we also made a pink, glittery t-rex. :)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp cream of tarter
- food coloring
- glitter (optional)
- Put all ingredients into a medium saucepan and mix until combined. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture clumps together in one ball. Remove from heat and knead by hand until smooth. Enjoy!
- Store covered.
This set has 101 cookie cutters for all holidays, including 8 heart shapes for Valentine's Day. Also includes letters, numbers, animals and more.Great for play dough AND cookies!
This was simply another way for us to play with heart-shaped cookie cutters! No fancy, from-scratch recipe here. Just a bag mix of sugar cookie dough.
I dyed the dough pink, but a light shade that didn't show up well for the camera. We also just rolled and flattened a few balls that we dipped in sugar sprinkles, to add a different color and texture to the mix.
We love pizza in my house. And I love to make it from scratch. I have a couple dough recipes, but I used my super-easy one here. (Featured below.) And my daughter loves to help me knead dough and sprinkle cheese over the finished product. Perfect dinner for us.
I simply stretched out the dough into a heart shape before putting it on the cookie sheet. It's difficult to do this with a preheated pizza stone, just because of the shape, but I guess you could try.
Anyway, for a fun topping, I added heart-shaped pepperoni pieces. What I did was take a chunk of stick pepperoni and very carefully cut a triangle out of the stick, which would serve as the top of the heart, and then sliced off the "sides" of the heart, making it come to a point at the bottom. Then I cut the slices which all looked like little hearts. Too cute!
Another option for the heart-shaped pepperoni would be to take those precut slices you buy in a package, or deli-sliced pepperoni, and use tiny cookie cutters to cut out hearts, but I prefer my pepperoni to be much thicker for my pizza and so used the stick instead.
I also brushed the crust of the pizza with some olive oil and sprinkled some Parmesan over it, before baking, for extra flavor.
Easy Pizza Dough Recipe
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (100 to 110 F)
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- In a small bowl, warm the water to between 100 and 110 degrees F. Add in one teaspoon of the sugar and the yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes until foamy.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, including yeast mixture and remaining sugar. Stir until well combined into a stiff dough. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Roll out dough onto a well floured surface and place on baking tray. Top with tomato sauce and toppings. If desired, brush crust with olive oil or melted butter.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
I've been wanting to make homemade "Jell-O" for awhile now, so we picked some Blueberry Pomegranate juice (because of the reddish color), made some homemade gelatin and cut hearts from the finished product - perfect Valentine's Day dessert!
Also, a very easy project for my toddler. I was surprised at how well the hearts held their shapes with my daughter using the small, angled spatula to dig them out.
And don't worry - the scraps around the sides of the hearts did not go to waste! We scooped them out and served them in a little bowl, topped with Cool Whip and a tiny, gelatin heart. Romantic and yummy.
Homemade Gelatin Recipe
- 2 envelopes of gelatin (we used Knox)
- 1/2 cup of cold juice
- 1 1/2 cups of hot juice
- 1 Tbsp sugar (optional)
- Put the cold juice into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Bring the 1 1/2 cups of juice to the boil and add it into the cold juice along with the sugar. Stir until powder is dissolved. Pour into an 8x8 inch baking pan and refrigerate until solid, about 2 to 3 hours.
- You can double the recipe and pour it into a 9x13 inch pan, if preferred.
Heart Cookie Cutters
These metal cutters are a little thicker (deeper) than the plastic ones featured above, that we used for the play dough. These work better for the gelatin if you make it in an 8x8 or 9x9 size pan.
My daughter adores these! All I do is take pieces of watermelon and cut out little hearts with cookie cutters (like the ones featured just above.) Then I thread a wooden skewer through the hearts and voila: cute, delicious and healthy, too!