I'm not super crafty but I do love making homemade Valentine's cards!
This year, we melted crayons for little Valentine's surprises.
This is a super easy craft and fun to do with a preschooler.
First - find crayolas & unwrap them.
(I found that if I soaked them for a few minutes, the paper came of easier.)
Also - I bought some cheapo crayons at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents. HUGE MISTAKE. When I opened the box, I realized I had been LIED to. The box said "assorted colors." The crayons were wrapped in various assorted colors of paper. But. The colors were all red, green, gray, & brown.
So I raided my meager supplies. (Will doesn't use regular crayons as they are difficult for him so I don't have much on stock.)
Break the crayons into smaller pieces and sort them into a heart mold.
(Will LOVED this part.)
Bake at 250 degrees for about 15-20 min.
Pop them in the freezer for 10 min & then pop them out of the mold.
Beautiful heart shaped crayons!
(You could use a muffin tin to make round ones too.)
For our cards to far away family and grandparents & the greats, both kids dipped their thumbs in paint (red for Will, yellow for Ellie) and then we made thumb print flowers. Will drew green stems and I wrote "thumb-body loves you" on the cards.
There's something about their little prints - makes my heart so very happy.
(As a side note, I used to fear and dread the inevitable handprint crafts that comes with having a toddler and preschooler. I worried that my child with hand differences wouldn't be able to do them. But then a friend gently convinced me one year to join a group of friends for a turkey handprint craft and when my mind went numb because I wanted to cry and didn't know how to make his turkey print look "right" she did it for me and I LOVE that craft so much. The turkeys don't look like everybody else's but they look like HIS and I adore my Thanksgiving apron with his handprints on them. I'm thankful for that friend pushing me to do it. (And for the other friend who made a beautiful print of his feet one time using his prosthetic legs.) And even though our handprint crafts might look different, how I love them.)