Simple Valentine's Day Craft for Toddlers

I always have good intentions when I buy veggies, but as a sweets person they sometimes don't get eaten before they're past their prime. As I was getting ready to toss some celery, I remembered a craft I saw on Pinterest a while back that's perfect for Valentine's Day.

I pulled up the picture of the craft on my phone and showed Jake a picture of paint covered celery stalks. He asked if I could get his "special cape" (his craft apron), so I knew he was down to try some celery stampin'.

I gathered the supplies and we immediately got to work making pictures for Valentine's Day.

Here's a quick step-by-step of how we did it.

Supplies:

  • Paint (I used Crayola washable fingerprint)
  • One celery stalk
  • One paintbrush or a green crayon
  • Two paper plates
  • Paper (white or construction paper will work)
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Special cape (or an apron to keep clothes clean)

Instructions:

First, lay out all supplies on your workspace. Squeeze some red paint on a paper plate and repeat with green (or grab your green crayon instead). Put the special cape/apron on your little one—an especially important task if they use the celery stalk as a rocket ship and crash it from high in the sky on to the paper.

With once piece of paper in front of your child, have them draw or paint green stems. We repeated the stems on each piece of paper, almost like an assembly line. Next, cut your celery about halfway down so the stump is the handle. Dip the top of the stalk into the red paint and place flat on to the paper to form flowers. Push down and voila! If you want to spice it up, you could certainly use different colors to create a multicolored bouquet. Repeat the stamping and let dry overnight.

I was pleasantly surprised how well these came out and how much Jake enjoyed making them. He's at a great age now where a short craft (which this is great for) is enough to keep his attention. In total, I think this was maybe ten minutes.

Have you tried this? We'd love to see your masterpieces. Share your own images with us on Facebook or Instagram.