I love Valentine’s Day crafts! There is no reason why younger kids should have all the fun. So I scoured the Internet and found these Valentine’s Day crafts for older kids.
Several years ago, I was in a great homeschool co-op with all four of my kiddos. It was a wonderful group of moms and friendships blossomed that still remain today. The kids all liked one another and all got along.
Brave woman that I am, I volunteered to host a valentines party at my house and moms dropped off five kids. Let’s see – five plus my four was nine kids all together. But no worries. I had cookies and crafts and glue and beads and tissue paper and – what could go wrong?
My oldest got a nose bleed. She didn’t have ordinary nose bleeds. She had gushers. I had her in the bathroom caring for her and hoping the other kids weren’t destroying my living room.
My son, who was two at the time, wandered sleepy-eyed downstairs from him room where he was supposed to be taking a nap. His hands were covered with poop! (Every kid does this at least once – don’t they?) He had pooped his diaper and painted it all over the wall and was calling me to come up to see it.
What would you do? Glue was oozing in the living room, a nose was oozing in the bathroom and my son was, well, just oozing.
I waved a pink flag and called my husband who worked only a few blocks from my house. He gladly came home and dealt with the family incidents while I cheerily rejoined the party of kids.
All in all, we had a great time!
I tell this story to remind you, Mama, to relax and enjoy the roller coaster ride of mothering. Sometimes even the best planned days turn into messy oozing. Call in some reinforcements and on with the party!
I love this string heart pendant! The instructions call for a candy mold but I had the idea that you could probably fashion a heart-shaped mold from masking tape – with a little creativity – and get the same heart shape. This is a great project to try with a balloon sometime too – orange for Halloween, green and red for Christmas. This is from Kraft Klatch with Mona.
When I was a kid, we used doilies on our furniture. Really! Here is a much cuter use to make doily candy hearts from ChicTags.
Finally, no valentine gathering is complete without a box for the valentine cards. I love glue and tissue paper and so does the Well Nourished Nest. Decorating a tissue paper box can be for the youngest kids, or the older kids can come up with some fancier designs.
Will I ever outgrow Valentines Day? I hope not. It’s a great opportunity to express our affection for one another without buying super expensive gifts. You can make something meaningful from items you have around the house. Valentines Day craft ideas for older kids can be for the whole family.