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Valentine’s Day Heart Animal Crafts for Kids

These cute animal crafts for kids are all made from hearts, perfect for Valentine's Day! They could easily be made by preschoolers, or even older kids and teens because they are simple and easy. These quick DIY art projects and craft ideas are perfect for school, church, or home. Fun to give friends or family as gifts to hang on the fridge!

We are snowed in. Last Friday night and Saturday, we got nearly 40″ of snow which has never happened before in the history of record keeping in the Harrisburg area.

By Saturday afternoon, the girls had played outside (that's too much snow to really do anything in) and played games and made meals and played with all their toys, and they were all ready for something else.

So I had the brilliant idea to do some heart crafts, partly just to have fun and partly to share with you here.

The girls were into this for all of fifteen minutes and then abandoned me to make heart animals and clean up all the paper mess all by myself. I had many more animals on my list to make, but I got kind of burned out after thirteen, so that's all you get. I would like to say that I'll do another post with more, but that is probably a lie.

Making one animal out of hearts is fun. Two is still pretty neat.

Thirteen at one time is tedious non-fun.

Just thought you should know in case you decided to make them in bulk like I did.

Just don't.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids materials

Materials

  • Colored paper – I couldn't find any nice packs of Valentine's paper at the craft store, so I bought light pink, fuchsia, red, and black cardstock from Amazon. We used plain white printer paper for that color.
  • Scissors
  • A black marker
  • Glue stick or tape (Glue stick is better. Hot glue would work, too. I love me some hot glue.)
  • Not pictured – googly eyes
  • Not pictured or used but would improve the product – glitter glue

The Heart-Shaped Animals

First, a caterpillar. If I'd had longer white paper, I would have made a longer caterpillar.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids caterpillar

If you wanted to bring some science into the craftiness, you could talk to your little ones about how caterpillars turn into butterflies.

If I hadn't been so over this project, I would have added some pipe cleaner antennae and some glitter glue decorations. I think that would make this little butterfly go over the top.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids butterfly

Did you know that ladybugs' wings are always symmetrical? Another little tidbit to throw at your kids.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids ladybug

This is meant to be a raccoon.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids raccoon

And one minor modification turns him into a fox.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids fox

Panda bear. Have you seen the video of a panda at the National Zoo in Washington, DC rolling around in the snow? It's really cute.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids panda bear

Puppy dog

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids dog

This was Grace's creation. She said it looked like an Asian elephant without additional heart ears (because Asian elephants have small ears). With the big ears, it is an African elephant.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids elephant

Pig

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids pig

A few minor changes and the pig turns into a kitty cat.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids cat

Owl. This was Allie's favorite of my creations. For the owl, you have to cut off the bottom point of your big heart and then trace it onto white paper for the belly.

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids owl

Snail

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids snail

Mouse

Valentine's Day heart-shaped animal crafts for kids mouse

So that's it.

Have you ever made heart-shaped animals with your kids?

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