Handprint Valentines Craft for {Toddlers and Preschoolers}

Valentine’s Day crafts are a must-do activity for toddlers and preschoolers. They can be fun whether you’re planning for a classroom or just an at home activity.

This craft also doubles as a cute gift for a parent, grandparent, or friend!

toddler valentines handprint craft

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You won’t need any special supplies for this easy Valentine’s Day art project as it’s all from paper.

This design is simple and great for preschool and kindergarten age kids. If you’re working with slightly older kids you can turn this into an actual card with these Handprint Valentine’s Day card instructions.


handprint craft supplies on table
  • Pink and red construction paper (or any two colors the child wants to use).
  • Colored pencils or crayons (light colors or pastel will work best).
  • Printable templates
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

I definitely recommend using a glue stick for this craft instead of liquid glue. Since this is a paper craft the thin paper may start to warp or break if kids soak it with liquid glue.

A regular glue stick should be plenty strong to hold this craft together.

How to make a Valentine’s Day handprint craft

1 – The first thing you’ll need is your handprint.

You can either print or trace the handprint template onto pink construction paper or trace around a child’s hand. (For this craft you’ll need the first hand template, without a line across the palm.)

simple handprint template

If you trace so that you’re using a child’s actual handprint have them spread their fingers out so there will be space for the little heart pieces to fit without overlapping.

2 – Next, you’ll need to select 5 little saying hearts to use.

The template set will include several options, a sheet geared towards family members, a sheet geared towards school friends, and a blank sheet if you want to write your own messages.

friend heart messages
family heart messages

If you’re doing this craft at home or with a small group I recommend just choosing 5 hearts and then coloring them in with light colored crayons or pencils.

If you are using this as a classroom project you can save time by printing the page of hearts onto several colors of pastel paper. Then they can choose their 5 sayings and simply cut them out of different colors to provide that variety.

pieces for toddler valentines craft on table

3 – The last piece you’ll need to prepare is the heart for the center of the handprint.

If you’re using the templates you can print or trace the heart shape onto a second color of construction paper, we used red, and the size should be correct.

If you used the child’s actual handprint you’ll need to shrink that heart down so that it fits within the palm of the hand.

Valentines day handprint craft on table

4 – Now, you’re ready to put it all together to complete this cute and easy Valentine’s Day craft.

Ask the child what message they want to put on the center heart. It could be simple and just say “Happy Valentine’s Day” or they could put “5 things I love about Mom” or whoever the craft is for.

Who knows what sort of message they might come up with!

5 – For the final touch, glue one heart saying on each fingertip.

Now they’ll have a cute craft to give to a friend or loved one to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Craft Template

All pages of the template are designed to be printed on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. If you are printing to make this craft with a classroom you may want to print directly onto colored paper as mentioned above.

The template is six pages in total but you only need to print the sheets you need.

Printables are for personal use only. All printables on Tot School Resources website are the property of totschoolresources.com and may not be sold, used for commercial purposes, or given away for free on your own website.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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