Kids love crafts. And when you’re crafting with them, the key is to keep it simple. Here are 4 easy (and adorable) Valentine’s Day crafts to do with kiddos.

1. Cardboard tube heart stamps

Materials: empty toilet paper roll, tape, non-toxic paint, paper

Have some toilet paper (or paper towel) rolls lying around the house? Here’s a craft for some adaptive reuse! This activity is perfect for kids of all ages. Plus, grandparents love getting handmade valentines.

Directions:

  1. Flatten the paper roll lengthwise.
  2. Bend one end into the shape of a heart.
  3. Add a piece of tape around the tube to keep the heart shape.
  4. Dip in non-toxic red or pink paint and stamp away on the paper or cards of your choice.

2. Homemade heart crayons

Here’s a clever way to (finally!) use up all those broken crayons clogging the bottom of your art supply drawer. Simply make them into something new: heart-shaped crayons that are perfect for little hands to grab and color with. These crayons can also make a wonderful alternative to candy for preschool valentines.

Materials: crayons, heart-shaped silicone mold or muffin tin

Directions:

  1. Peel off the wrappers and sort crayons by color (any colors work, but if you want to stick with the Valentine’s Day theme, choose pinks, reds, purples, and neutrals).
  2. Break into small pieces.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Place the pieces into a heart-shaped silicone mold or muffin tin (And don’t worry, if you don’t have a heart one, a regular or mini muffin tin will work just fine!).
  5. Stick into the oven and bake until the wax is just melted, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  6. Wait until the crayons are completely cooled and hardened. Then pop out and enjoy! If the crayons are stuck, place the tin in the freezer for 45 minutes and they should come out easily.
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3. Pipe cleaner heart glasses

This sweet and simple craft will have you and your little one laughing as you look at each other through heart-shaped “glasses.” Don’t forget to snap a pic of your valentine!

Materials: 3 pipe cleaners per pair of glasses, scissors

Directions:

  1. Take one pipe cleaner and fold it in half in a V shape.
  2. Bend the ends together to make a heart.
  3. Repeat, so now you have 2.
  4. Cut a small piece of the third pipe cleaner for the bridge of the glasses and connect the 2 hearts.
  5. Take the rest of the final pipe cleaner, cut in half, and use the 2 parts for the stems that go over your ears.

4. Paper roll “presents” stuffed with hot cider mix

Yep, yet another way ingenious to reuse those empty toilet paper rolls. If you’re looking for something original (and inexpensive!) to make for your child’s teachers this Valentine’s Day, try this sweet craft.

Materials (makes enough for 12): empty toilet paper rolls, tissue paper, ribbon or string, snack-sized zipper-top bags, 4 cups sugar, 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves, apple juice

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, sift the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  2. Fill each plastic bag with 4 tablespoons of the cider mix and seal tightly.
  3. Stuff the sealed bag into the center of the paper roll.
  4. Wrap the paper roll with tissue paper and tie off the ends with ribbon or string.
  5. Include a little note with instructions on how to make the delicious hot cider: add 1 tablespoon of cider mix to 8 ounces of boiling apple juice.

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about Hannah

Hannah Fairbanks is a freelance writer living in San Francisco with her husband and 2 daughters. When she’s not writing, you might find her reading, packing bento box lunches for her kids, and making sure she gets in at least 10,000 Fitbit steps a day.