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Easy Preschool Valentine Craft – Paper and Stitch


Looking for an easy preschool valentine craft? This wooden lace toy idea is easy to make (even at the last minute) and affordable.

Coming up with a preschool valentine craft that hasn’t been done a million times is a challenge. But when I saw these wooden figures online, I immediately thought of those little wooden lace up toys that are used for early childhood development. And it was like ‘they would make great valentines for classmates and preschoolers’.

Lacing toys are a great way to help young children (usually ages 3 and up) improve fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination. Which makes them perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Plus, they’re beautiful (and easy) to put together.

Want to make a set of these for your child’s preschool class? Click through for a quick and easy tutorial.

Supplies Needed for Wooden Lacing Toys

  • wooden shapes – i used 80mm wooden heart,
  • string or rope – I used this faux suede rope In burnt orange.
  • painter’s tape
  • pencil
  • Scissors
  • drill and drill bit
  • (optional) paint, crayons, markers, or wood stain

Making an Easy Preschool Valentine Craft (Lacing Toy)

1. Beautify the wooden figure.

Decide whether you want to keep the wooden figures completely plain or add something to them. If you want to add a more personal touch and choose not to leave the shapes as they are, the first step would be to color, paint or stain the shapes.

Examples of what you can do include:

  • darken the front and back
  • Ask your child to paint a design on the wooden shapes (or paint it yourself)
  • Ask your child to draw shapes with crayons or markers

We did a combination of plain wooden hearts and painted hearts.

we used paint sticksWhich are much dirtier and also dry faster than regular paint. They dry in 90 seconds or less.

My son was able to draw all the hearts in less than 10 minutes. So this is a great Valentine craft to get kids involved in making – it’s very easy for them to execute.

2. Tape a stack together.

Next, tape a stack of 5-10 wooden shapes together with painters tape.

Completely cover all areas that will be drilled. This will help limit splitting of the wood.

You can also use masking tape instead of painters tape. But I tried both and found that painters tape works better, especially when considering the thinness of the wood.

3. Mark the design.

Mark the hole design you want to use on the tape wrapped stack.

4. Drill the holes.

Drill all the holes with a drill, being careful not to go too fast.

I would also recommend using a half power setting on your drill to help preserve the wood as much as possible.

5. Remove the tape.

Remove the tape and remaining wood debris.

6. Cut the rope.

Cut a length of string or rope that fits through the holes and tie it together into a small bundle.

From there, you can put everything into a small glassine bag, paper envelope, or mini drawstring bag, like I used as one of the party favor ideas for my son’s 4th birthday party.

7. Add a message.

Add a quick message that suits the theme and they’re ready to pass on the class on Valentine’s Day.

Here are some example phrases that would be good to use:

  • We have a common thread valentine.
  • You make me happy.
  • Our class wouldn’t be as much fun without you.
  • I love your sewing.
  • You are the best! SEW Will you be my valentine?

Other Variations of This Easy Preschool Valentine Craft

Stickers, glitter, googly eyes and sticky gems would be great decoration choices for these DIY wooden lacing toys.

It would also be fun to use wooden alphabet pieces to write the word BE MINE on each heart. There are many ways to make this project more unique.

Easy Preschool Valentine Craft (DIY Lacing Toy)

Coming up with a preschool valentine craft that hasn’t been done a million times is a challenge. But when I saw these wooden figures online, I immediately thought of those little wooden lace up toys that are used for early childhood development. And it was like ‘they would make great valentines for classmates and preschoolers’. Lacing toys are a great way to help young children (usually ages 3 and up) improve fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination. Which makes them perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Plus, they’re beautiful (and easy) to put together. Want to make a set of these for your child’s preschool class? Click through for a quick and easy tutorial.

total time15 minutes

Servings: 10 class valentine

Author: brittany

  • Scissors

  • drill and drill bit

  • wooden shapes
  • string or rope
  • painter tape
  • pencil
  • Optional paint, crayons, markers, or wood stain

Decorate the wooden figure.

  • Decide whether you want to keep the wooden figures completely plain or add something to them. If you want to add a more personal touch and choose not to leave the shapes as they are, the first step would be to color, paint or stain the shapes.

  • We did a combination of plain wooden hearts and painted hearts. We used paint markers, which are much messier than regular paint and also dry faster. My son was able to draw all the hearts in less than 10 minutes. So this is a great valentine craft to involve kids in making and it is also very easy for them to execute.

Tape a stack together.

  • Next, tape a stack of 5-10 wooden shapes together with painters tape. Completely cover all areas that will be drilled. This will help limit splitting of the wood.

  • You can also use masking tape instead of painters tape. But I tried both and found that painters tape works better, especially when considering the thinness of the wood.

Drill the holes.

  • Drill all the holes with a drill, being careful not to go too fast. I would also recommend using a half power setting on your drill to help preserve the wood as much as possible.

Cut the rope.

  • Cut a length of string or rope that fits through the holes and tie it together into a small bundle.

  • From there, you can put everything into a small glassine bag, paper envelope, or mini drawstring bag, like I used as one of the party favor ideas for my son’s 4th birthday party .

That’s all in this wooden lacing toy idea. I hope you find this an easy preschool valentine craft for your child to bring to school on Valentine’s Day.

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