I love creating Valentine’s crafts with my toddler — they are so cute and fun to make, but most of them get tossed aside after a few minutes after creating. So I started to brainstorm and think long and hard about a Valentine’s craft that would be perfect for an active toddler like mine. That’s when a bow and arrow idea came to mind! It was definitely the kind of craft and game that would pique a little boys interest and keep him entertained for a little longer!
Although most people think “bow and arrow” – I decided to focus specifically on a quiver and arrow craft because they work quite nicely as a photo prop or pretend play accessory and are easier to make.
- Paper towel roll
- Red card stock paper
- Paper straws
- Pipe Cleaners (red and silver)
To make the arrows, insert a red pipe cleaner into a straw to create length. Attach a second pipe cleaner to the end and intertwine. For the arrow tip, cut out a heart-shape from red card stock. Attach with hot glue.
For the quiver, have your child paint or decorate a paper towel roll however you prefer. We used a silver color for the majority of the roll and then I added some borders for a more vibrant look. I attached a heart made from card stock in the center to make the quiver match the arrows nicely.
Cut out a circle from the card stock (we used foam) and hot glue it to the bottom of the roll. This will keep the arrows in place when stored.
To complete the quiver, attach string or twine to the top and bottom!
You can decorate the quiver and arrow however you choose and customize for your child.
This is such a fun craft for active toddlers especially those little boys always looking for an excuse to throw things and a quick game idea for those looking to dress up as cupid for a day :).
Luckily, these arrows are made of kid-friendly materials for fun and safe playing!
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.