Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I thought I’d share 10 of my favorite nature heart activities for kids! These activities include simple and beautiful nature crafts, sensory activities, fine motor work, learning activities and handmade Valentine’s that will melt hearts!
I LOVE Valentine’s Day! It’s the perfect time of year to talk about friendship, kindness, and do alllll of the heart activities! Here is my list of simple and beautiful heart activities that kids and adults will both love.
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1. Nature Heart Puzzle
This nature heart puzzle is unique and beautiful! It offers children the opportunity to work on spacial awareness by manipulating the pieces of nature to make them fit inside the heart shape! You can keep this activity fun and fresh by adding new seasonal pieces of nature from your area to the puzzle. Try seashells, sticks, flowers, or a combination of nature pieces!
2. Flower Petal Heart Sweep
This flower petal heart sweep activity is fun fine motor practice for preschoolers! This activity will give children the opportunity to work on hand-eye coordination, pencil grip, and other fine motor skills. Children will love the challenge of sweeping all of the flower petal pieces into the heart outline!
3. Reversible Sequin Heart Stone Craft
This heart rock craft is so great for so many reasons! Wether you’re looking for a calm down tool, a unique Valentine’s day gift for classmates or a teacher, or just want to try a new craft, then this one’s for you. The beautiful reversible sequins look stunning against the rocks and they are so soothing to play with.
4. Nature Heart Weaving Craft
Here is a simple nature heart weaving activity for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. The contrast of the natural cardboard heart with the colorful flowers, makes this the most beautiful gift to hand out on the holiday of your choice. What’s the best part? You just need a few supplies that you probably have laying around your house to make this nature craft.
5. Eucalyptus Hearts
This beautiful eucalyptus heart is so easy to make! Just make two loops with two eucalyptus stems and tie them together at the bottom. At this point, you can add sticker rhinestones to the leaves or stick flowers through the twine, where the loops are tied together. We found our eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s! If you can’t find eucalyptus, try flexible sticks (willow tree sticks) or find another piece of nature that can be looped together.
6. Sticky Paper Nature Heart Mandala
Try this beautiful nature mandala before you throw out those Valentine’s Day bouquets! We used flower petals and made leaf hearts with the help of a paper puncher. Then we put the petals and leaf hearts on contact paper so it would stick! Our conversation naturally turned to discussing all the different parts of a flower and the beautiful colors in the bouquet.
7. Melting Icy Hearts Activity
“Love Is” is the sweetest story about a girl and her duckling. It will melt your heart and is a must have for Valentine’s Day!
After reading this book, I invited my boys to melt frozen hearts with warm water. Just pour water with heart gems into the silicon heart mold and freeze them! Kids will love freeing the hearts from the ice chunks. It’s the perfect extension for this sweet book and this type of activity always keeps my boys entertained for at least 30 minutes!
8. Air Dry Clay Nature Valentine
These stunning flower petal Valentine’s are so easy to make and fun for kids of all ages! You can make endless designs on the air dry clay hearts and will make a beautiful home decoration or handmade Valentine.
9. Outdoor Frozen Heart Decoration
Looking for an easy activity to do on Valentine’s Day? Freeze a nature heart and hang it outside with someone you love! These are fun to watch melt as the weather gets warmer.
This beautiful photo is from Little x Little Photography.
10. Gratitude Heart Tree
Write down all of the things in nature you are thankful for and hang them on this gratitude tree! This is simple, educational, and fun to add to as Valentine week progresses! You can find the printable here.
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I hope you give these heart activities a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.