6 Love Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Valentine's Day may be over, but there are plenty of occasions throughout the year to celebrate love: Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and other big and small life milestones. 

Doing crafts with your toddler and preschooler is a wonderful way to teach them motor skills, inspire creativity, encourage imagination, develop self-expression, and build problem-solving skills. Getting them to make hand-crafted items for loved ones is also a good way to teach them how to show love and the art of giving.

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Here are six great ideas for love crafts you can do with your toddler and preschooler at any time of the year. 

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There is no better way to show someone you care then baking them a special gift, made even more special by an artistic touch with your little one's actual handprint. Check out how you can make innovative and fun Helping Hand Heart Cookies by Jenn of Go Running, Mama.

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If you're a mom who is slightly averse to mess, why not try these adorable Valentine's Sun Catchers? Jennifer of Mom vs. The Boys shows us how to make this easy craft that the children can give to their grandparents. Not only does it look pretty hanging by the window, but every time it catches the sun, it will remind their grandparents of their grandchildren's love.

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For a craft that helps develop fine motor skills for toddlers, try Heart Mobiles from Powerful Mothering. All you need is crepe paper, cardboard, and glue!

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Sometimes little creative minds make BIG creative messes. Tissue-paper painting satisfies a budding artist's desire to paint and create without making a huge mess or necessitating a trip to the craft store to purchase special supplies. These Heart Watercolor Mosaic Paintings by Jenn of Go Running, Mama is a fabulous lesson in repurposing old gift wrap to make something beautiful and heartfelt! 

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Your kids will love making these Footprint Hearts by Mikilani at Toddler Approved! Just dip their feet in washable paint and press their feet on paper. Customize the final print with stickers or drawings. Who wouldn't want to receive this special gift?

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The Craft Heart Person by Gina at East Coast Mommy is the perfect love craft because it is simple enough for preschoolers, but it's lots of fun for older kids, too. The little ones will have a great time creating these heart people with supplies you already have in your craft cupboard. 

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6 Love Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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  1. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Cool! I wish I can be this artistic 🙂


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