Love Day Fun

VALENTINE'S CRAFTS

It may not be the hippest thing, but our family is full of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" fans. One of the interesting things they do is celebrate alternative holidays. In other words, they have a winter festival called Snowflake Day (Christmas/Hanukkah), Dress Up Day (Halloween), and Love Day (St. Valentine's Day). So, of course, our son doesn't call it Valentine's Day; it's Love Day. I kind of like it even better. They sing about the different ways that you can say "I love you." Hadley prefers hugging. Like, everyone. Family, friends, strangers... I know, we're working on it. ;-) With "Love Day" coming up this weekend, I thought it'd be fun to share some fun crafts from around the blogosphere for you to do with your little loves.

shake-it-up-hearts

via Sunny Day Family

I can't WAIT to try this one. It's a great way to repurpose/recycle materials (I'd totally keep and reuse the jar for this particular purpose). I'd also do this one for St. Patrick's Day after having the little man hunt for a "blarney stone" to use instead of the candy hearts. And, yes, I'd explain what the real blarney stone is. My maiden name is McCoy, after all. ;-)

newspaper-hearts

via You Are My Fave

Hey, look! More repurposing! Who knew newspaper could be so pretty?

carolynsarrows

via Carolyn's Homework

There aren't any directions here, but it's pretty self-explanatory: felt arrowhead/tail + twig (or straw) = super cute Cupid's arrow. Maybe add some glue to the mix.

pocketofpreschool-heart

via Pocket of Preschool

There are some other awesome ideas on this post particularly aligned to literacy and math skills, but the project I like is the squares-in-a-heart one. Great for fine motor skills and simple enough for kids to try on their own. Add that "I love you to pieces!" and you've got a sweet, adorable card.

funkyhearts

via Little Bit Funky

We did this craft last year and it holds a special place in my heart (pun totally intended). I had or little guy do the painting and I cut them and assembled them since his skills were still minimal. We gave them along with a little candy and a card to grandparents and a beloved cousin. Add some string and you've got some fun decor, too.

Thirsties Love Day Crafts

How will your family be celebrating "Love Day"? Any super cute crafts in your futures? We'd love to hear!

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