Today, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day paper crafts and activities for kids – staying true to our mission to provide you with ways to work with your child on developmental skills through creative play!
I am a super crafty person…one who stalks Pinterest for the latest and greatest decoration to make for my house or craft to whip up with my kids. Sometimes I wish I had chosen occupational therapy for my career path. OTs incorporate all kinds of crafty goodness into their treatments to address specific skill areas like fine motor, visual motor, hand strengthening, scissor skills and so on.
Instead, I am a physical therapist and, while I do throw a good bit of hands on creativity into my sessions, it’s hard to teach a child to do jumping jacks while they are crafting it up. So I usually have to settle for being crafty when I’m off the clock :)
Paper is one of my favorite mediums to work with when I craft. There are endless colors and textures and weights of paper and there are a plethora of ideas out there for things to do with it. Check out these awesome ideas!
1 || Last year, we came up with this Heart Jump game that was a HUGE hit with all of our patients and with our own kids! Use the free printable to challenge your kids with different patterns and get them moving!
2 || The Hybrid Chick made this cute wreath out of paper hearts! Have your kiddo practice scissor skills by cutting strips of paper and and their visual and fine motor skills by folding them into hearts!
3 || Does your house look a little barren now that the Christmas decorations have come down? I think these would look so pretty hanging in a window or from a light over a table! The beads at the top are gorgeous and a great way for kids to practice bilateral coordination!
4 || I love this idea for a cheap centerpiece that doesn’t look cheap! I think they would look amazing with coordinating papers and think of all of the fine motor skills these suckers would target!!
5 || No Time For Flashcards used paper hearts to create a game inspired by musical chairs! Gross motor fabulousness!!
6 || And, finally, this is the most beautiful piece of heart art I have seen! All you need is a few paper hearts, glue, a button and a marker!
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