With Valentines’ day quickly approaching, I’ve stumbled upon so many creative and fun DIY arts and crafts for the kiddos. And even though I don’t really consider myself a crafty mom, I’ve been super inspired to give them a try so that the budding little artist in my toddler can come to life.
The only issue I’ve run into is that my little boy isn’t too fond of crayons, markers or paint-type projects at the moment. He’d much rather be playing with puppets, tossing objects or pushing cars.
That got me thinking. If I could just find Valentines’ crafts that had some creative movement to them –crafts he could use in pretend play, it would be perfect. So I searched a bit harder. I finally came across a few that would do the trick.
Here are 4 Valentines’ day crafts I found for active toddlers, especially rambunctious little boys like my own:
1. Valentine’s Day Inch Word Pencils
Isn’t this idea simply adorable? I know this could work well for either boys or girls, but thought my little man in particular would get a kick out of wiggling little inch-worm pencils across the floor and then using them to chase our dog around the house, hehe!
I love the fact that these cupid arrows work just like paper planes. Not only are they very simple to create, they are perfect for little hands that love to toss things all day!!
Since my little guy LOVES both dogs and puppets, I was so glad I found this puppy puppet. I can’t wait to see his face light up when we put a couple of these together for a puppet show!
This one too cute to pass up. Popsicle sticks are so much more durable than construction paper projects so I know my kid won’t tear it to pieces the moment we start playing. I can just picture him launching the butterfly up in the air and making him fly. Plus, once he sees the googly-eyes I’m sure he will be all smiley faces :)!
Do you have any other Valentine’s day favorites for your little ones?
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.
Aisha Kristine Chong says
Aww these are so cute! I am totally loving that Popsicle idea haha!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Some of those are wicked cute. I think we are going to have some down time this weekend, so I may have to do a few of those with my boys!!
What cute crafts! So creative!
Thank you so much for posting this. I have been looking for an easy yet affordable craft to do with my children and it looks like I just found quite a few of them. I am headed to the craft store this weekend so I will pick up a few things so they can make the heart butterfly and cupids arrows. 🙂
Isabella Grey says
Those Cupid’s Arrows are just too stinking cute! I wonder if my aunt can use some of these in her classroom.
too cute and perfect for little ones wanting to create
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
Super cute! I love the puppy dog one especially!
I don’t have any children so won’t be making any of the above. They are super cute and sure to please all the little active ones out there–that cupids arrow should keep him running and throwing for quite a while!! I hope your dog is mild mannered!!
These are such cute crafts! I love that you did them for toddlers, there really aren’t enough toddler crafts out there!
All of those are adorable. I especially like the Luv Puppy puppet.
Jennifer Williams says
We just did one similar for the butterfly, just slightly different. I love all of these – perfect for my sons age.
These are such cute valentines day crafts
They are all adorable, but I am so making those cupids arrows with my girls this year! I love them!
Joanna Sormunen says
I love the puppy! It’s such a fun craft to do with a little boy. I’m sure my son would have loved it.
I don’t have little ones anymore but these 4 crafts are just adorable. Every single one of them. How much fun and this brings back good memories of when I would do crafts with my kids.
Cute crafts!! We can do this on the weekend and keep the kids occupied!
kay adeola says
These are all great but i think the puppy is my fav.
Chubskulit Rose says
Oh these are cute. Timing for our off day in school. I am looking for some crafts to do with my kids today and this is a perfect one, thanks.
Very cute ideas. We are putting together crafts for next week-thanks!
Amanda Love says
Awesome! I have boys and I never know what to do with them. Thanks for the ideas.
Wow! These are really cute..I may have to use them for my Girl Scout troop… Awesome finds 🙂
teresa mccluskey says
These are so cute! I am pulling out my craft box today and doing some fun stuff!
I just love these so much! I featured them on My Favorite Things this week : http://timeforseason.blogspot.com/2014/02/my-favorite-things-saturdays-21.html Thanks so much for the great ideas!
Tammy @ creativekkids.com says
I love these, and I’m sure my son would too! Thanks for finding them for everybody! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!
Thanks so much Tammy!
Tricia the Good Mama says
These are some really cute ideas! I’m definitely going to give a few of these a try with my toddler. Pinning!
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Theresa (Capri + 3) says
What a great collection of Valentine’s Day craft ideas. I’m off to pin this now.
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