Handprint and Footprint Valentine Card for Toddlers

Need a simple Valentine’s Day card idea to make with a toddler? Then try a simple handprint and footprint LOVE card inspired by Crafty McCrafterton.

Materials

  • Red or pink nontoxic paint
  • Blank paper
  • Paper plate
  • Cotton ball
  • Cotton swab or paintbrush

Directions

  1. Pour some paint onto the paper plate.
  2. Use a cotton ball to create a thin layer of paint on your child’s palm.
  3. Press the handprint onto the paper to form the letter O.
  4. Wash the paint off your child’s hand.
  5. Use the cotton ball to create a thin layer of paint on the bottom of your child’s left foot.
  6. Press the footprint onto the paper next to the handprint to form one side of the letter V.
  7. Wash the paint off your child’s foot.
  8. Use the cotton ball to create a thin layer of paint on the bottom of your child’s right foot.
  9. Press the footprint onto the paper next to the first footprint to form the other side of the letter V.
  10. Wash the paint off your child’s foot.
  11. Use the cotton swab or paint brush to paint an L to the left of the handprint and an E to the right of the footprints. The card should spell LOVE with the handprint as the O and the footprints and the V.

 
Pouring the Red Paint on the Paper Plate
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Making Paint Footprints
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Red Paint on a Toddler's Palm
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LOVE Spelled with Handprints and Footprints
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Handprint and Footprint  LOVE Valentine Card 2
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Making handprint and footprint LOVE valentine cards with my toddler daughter was a lot of fun and was super easy. She was particularly fascinated by the red paint on her hand. After I washed the paint off, she kept looking at her palm, trying to figure out where the red paint had come from and gone.

Update: I also made a pink version of the handprint and footprint LOVE valentine card using my preschooler daughter’s handprint and my infant son’s footprints.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and happy crafting!

Image Credits

Supplies for Handprint and Footprint LOVE Cards © 2013 Heather Johnson
Pouring the Red Paint on the Paper Plate © 2013 Heather Johnson
Red Paint on a Toddler’s Foot © 2013 Heather Johnson
Making Paint Footprints © 2013 Heather Johnson
Painted Toddler Footprints © 2013 Heather Johnson
Red Paint on a Toddler’s Palm © 2013 Heather Johnson
Making Paint Handprints © 2013 Heather Johnson
LOVE Spelled with Handprints and Footprints © 2013 Heather Johnson
Handprint and Footprint  LOVE Valentine Card 1 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Handprint and Footprint  LOVE Valentine Card 2 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Handprint and Footprint LOVE Valentine Card 3 © 2015 Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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