Inside: Make this paper plate kindness craft this Valentine’s Day and spread kindness by delivering these heart crafts to friends and neighbors.
Valentine’s Day was always a fun day as a kid…parties, Valentine’s Day cards from our friends, and of course, candy.
And then as a mom, it was always about helping my kids find the just right Valentine’s Day cards they wanted to pass out to their friends, and oohing and ahhing over the cards they brought home.
But this year marks a big change for us…it’s my youngest daughter’s last year in elementary school which means it’s her last year (and my last year) passing out Valentine’s Day cards to her classmates.
So we want to do something special.
But since her school has a no candy policy, we have to do something a little different. My daughter also loves art projects and painting, so making these heart paper plate kindness crafts for her classmates.
These paper plate Valentine’s Day crafts though are also perfect to drop off to neighbors and friends.
Other Ways to Spread Kindness during Valentine’s Day:
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to reinforce spreading kindness and showing you love and care for others since love is in the air. To encourage kids to act with kindness more often you can use these kindness resources, perfect for February 14th!
Valentine’s Day Kindness Note Cards- deliver these to classmates, friends, and school staff.
Valentine’s Day Kind or Unkind Sort– Use this game to sort what is kind and what is not.
I Show Love and Kindness Emergent Reader- Read about all the ways to show how you can be kind and show you care during Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day 14 Days of Kindness Notes (Perfect for Families!)- 14 days of notes are perfect if you countdown to Valentine’s Day.
And you can read these Valentine’s Day Books:
You can also make this Heart Paper Plate Kindness Craft for Valentine’s Day then gift them to people around us as random acts of kindness or as Valentine’s Day cards.
Materials Needed for the Paper Plate Kindness Heart:
- Paper Plate (the thinner and flatter the plate, the easier it will be to fold!)
- pink or red paint (we used acrylic paint, but tempra paint is washable and better suited for younger children)
- paint brush
How to Make the Paper Plate Kindness Craft
1. Paint the paper plate pink or red with paint. Remind kids that acrylic paint is “forever” paint and can stain clothes.
2. When it dries, fold the paper plate in half.
3. Using scissors, cut the edges of the plate so the rounded part is flat.
4. Open the plate back up to get ready to “accordion fold” the plate.
5. Starting on one of the flat edges, fold the paper plate backwards about 1/2 inch. Then fold it forward 1/2 inch until you reach the other end of the paper plate.
6. Fold the plate in half to create the “point” of the heart.
7. Use the tape on the inside parts of the heart so the two halves stick together and press down to create a heart.
8. Now for the kindness part!
Hide these hearts or deliver this paper plate kindness craft to neighbors, friends, classmates, school staff, and family. You can attach a little note like these Valentine Kindness Notes.
Or you can write a message to go with it:
- “Sending you some love!“
- “Sending you a little love!”
- “Someone is thinking of you!“
- “I heart you!”
- “Thanks for being a great friend!”
- “Happy Valentine’s Day!”