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Cute Valentine's Day Crafts For Toddlers

Valentine's Day is sweet and all, but it's a little stressful. You've got to get a gift for your partner and find some time to celebrate — oh, and now, you've got to think up some crafts for your toddler? Nope. We've done the dirty work for you — these 6 Valentine's Day crafts are fun, adorable and easy to pull together.

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Dessert Pizza

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Instead of going the traditional chocolate route, make room for a dessert pizza! It's easy to make, plus you and your tot can get creative when it comes to toppings. Here's how to make it.

What you'll need:

18 oz. package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
8 oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup sliced banana (sliced thin)
1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries (sliced thin)
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup chocolate chip morsels (dark or milk chocolate)
1/2 cup seedless grapes, halved

How to make it:

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spread cookie dough evenly on to a 12 inch pan.
• Bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown, set aside on a wire rack to cool.
• Once cooled, spread the whipped topping across the crust.
• Together with your toddler, top the pizza with the sliced fruit and chocolate.
• Refrigerate until ready to eat (yum!). 

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Footprint Valentine

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Here's a sweet keepsake for grandparents. Our tip: Keep this craft near the bathroom or mudroom so that your tot doesn't make a huge mess.

What you'll need:

Oaktag or poster paper
Disposable pie tin (for toddler to step into)
Towels
Washable, nontoxic fingerpaint in pink, purple, red, white and blue
Marker
Scissors

How to make it:

• Place towels on the floor to protect it from paint spills.
• Have your toddler pick out a favorite color, pour it into the pie tin and have your toddler step into it barefoot.
• Have toddler stand together on the poster board with his heels touching and toes pointing out (making a "v").
• Once the mark is made and the paint is dry, trace a heart around your toddler's footprints and cut it out.
• Write, "From the bottom of my heart to the tips of my toes, I love you!"

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Homemade Clay Hearts

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What goes together better than toddlers and clay?! For a quick craft before (or after) naptime, this is perfect.

What you'll need:

Clay in all different colors
Rolling pins
Heart-shaped cookie cutters

How to make it:

• Roll the clay flatt.
• Together with your toddler, use the cookie cutters to make hearts.
• Once the clay is dry, use the hearts to decorate your home.

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Hand-Size Valentine

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Your toddler will love tracing his hand (and yours too!). Just guide him, so he's sure to keep the marker _on _the paper. These make perfect personalized Valentines.

What you'll need:

Washable marker or crayon
Scissors
Colored Construction Paper

How to make it:

• Have your toddler trace your hand (or you can trace his) on sheets on construction paper.
• Cut out the hands and let your toddler decorate them.

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Sun-Catching Crayon Heart

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Cross your fingers for a sunny day on February 14 this craft really shine in the sunlight. (But if all else fails, a lamp will do, too!)

What you'll need:

Wax paper
Hole puncher
String or ribbon
Crayons
Markers

How to make it:

• Let your toddler lightly color what paper with his his favorite colors.
• Cut out his favorite shapes. (Hearts would be apropos!).
• Use a hole puncher, and string through some string or ribbon.
• Hang the shapes in front of a major light source to create your sun catcher.

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Red Pancakes

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You can't go wrong with this timeless classic breakfast, and dying it red for Valentine's Day makes it so much more fun to make!

What you'll need:

Your favorite pancake mix
Red food dye
Heart-shaped cookie cutters
Chocolate chips
Whipped cream
Syrup
Butter

How to make it:

• Prepare the pancake batter according to package instructions.
• Add your desired amount of chocolate chips.
• Add red food dye. (Less will make it pinker; more will make it a deep red.)
• Prepare pancakes in large circles. One they've cooked through, remove from heat and use cookie cutters to make hearts.
• Top your pancakes with whipped cream and syrup!

 

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