February 5, 2020 | In: Autism Resources , Why We Rock
February is here and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Crafting cute cards and decorations with your kids is the perfect way to celebrate the month of love. Since children, particularly those with special needs, learn primarily through sensory exploration, crafting is beneficial to your kids’ long-term sensory and creative development. Interacting and playing with different materials will increase their tolerance to new stimuli and exercise their gross motor coordination. Best of all, crafts like these stimulate their creativity and allow them to express themselves!
To help you get ready for Valentine’s Day, here is a list of 5 easy Valentine’s Day crafts your kids can have fun with.
1. Fingerprint LOVE Poster
Inspired by Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture, this poster is an easy craft for your kids! All you need is construction paper and non-toxic paint, along with some letter stencils you can buy or make from a cereal box. Your kids can use their fingers, or the back of a pencil, to recreate this cute poster that you can hang around your house!
2. Love Bug Craft Stick
Wondering what to do with leftover craft materials from our 10 Easy Holiday Crafts for Your Kids? Your kids can use them to make Love Bugs! These cute decorations can be created with popsicle sticks, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and construction paper. Go one step further and personalize each love bug with paint and stickers!
3. Paper Heart Hands
Next up, we have Paper Heart Hands! The perfect Valentine’s Day card, this craft is super easy to make. Your kids only need three things: construction paper, scissors, and their hands! Since it does involve cutting, make sure you supervise your kids to prevent injuries. But, once the cutting is done, they will have a card they can decorate to their heart’s content!
4. 3D Paper Heart Craft
Simple paper hearts are cute, but a 3D Paper Heart is even better! This simple craft only requires construction paper, thread, glue, and scissors. Your kids can make this into a cute card or hang this decoration around their rooms to spread the love!
5. Valentine’s Day Slime
This craft is for those looking for a slightly advanced, sensory-based Valentine’s Day craft! To create homemade slime, you’ll need clear and white glue, food coloring, glitter and confetti hearts. This craft is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the world of science while helping them develop their sense of touch!
By the time Valentine’s Day comes around, your kids will be prepared with their cute cards and decorations. If you’re looking for another way your kids can engage in sensory play, come over to We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, an indoor sensory gym designed to help your kids develop his/her motor skills!