This easy love bug heart card craft for kids makes a sweet card for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or a birthday!
It’s done in just a few steps and lights up your child’s heart just as much as it will light up your heart when they are excited about adding their own little love note!
P.S. Hi! I am Tracy. I am a teacher made stay at home mom of twin girls and a boy. Faith and Kids Crafts help me craft joy with my kids! We hope you are inspired here!
Easy Love Bug Heart Card Craft for Kids:
Instructions for Easy Love Bug Heart Card Craft for Kids:
First, we folded the red paper hotdog long, then again hamburger wide. Since I have more than one kid, I wanted to cut 2 love bugs at once.
Next, we drew a medium sized heart with a little edge near the fold of the paper (to remind myself to not cut there).
Then, we cut around the heart, leaving the side next to the folded edge uncut, so it would be where the card connected.
Next, we got a black marker and added a line in the middle for wings.
Tip: It can help to have a picture of the craft or a model you made next to your child so they have a goal in mind. However, I love to encourage them to make it their own. If they just want to keep it a heart (like M did) or transform it into a butterfly (like H did), I encourage that too because the end goal is my kids build creativity and a love of learning. I know following directions is important too, so I do try to get them excited about the project at hand, using the model to encourage them to follow directions. I also offer more paper or scratch paper to make more projects with their own ideas:)
Then, we added little black dots for the love bug spots. You could help them add little heart spots instead.
Next, we cut a small black circle for the head. H started “I can’t cut a circle”. We took it step by step…”first draw a circle, then cut around it.”
Cutting, Science, and Creativity:
I was so excited because H really became confident with her cutting skills.
Cutting Tip: You first encourage “Keep working hard and I like how you are holding the scissors” . Then give some directions, “Let me show how the helping hand turns the paper”. Add a smiley thumb reminder, “Here is a smiley face on your thumb so you remember to keep him up looking at you as you cut.” If you are comfortable, you can let them cut the last few cuts independently or practice with some scratch paper. End with encouragement again “Look at all that hard work cutting you did!”
I loved how H’s confidence in cutting set her off on her own creative journey cutting scratch paper into wings of other love creatures, like dragonflies and butterflies! That confidence in creativity can spark more learning fun and help our kids make meaningful connections. I love to do these crafty kids activities…All of this for the lovely mommy memories and love of learning!
Next, we added some googly eyes for the love bug face.
Alternative Eyes: You could cut out or punch out little white dots for the eyes. You could cut out a little picture of your child and glue it on as the face too!
Then, we added a nice message on the inside of the card. I did this before I added on the glue:)
Writing and Creativity:
Okay, M was so excited to have a heart card that she went off with a beautiful song about mommy. Now, these are the moments I just love to hold onto forever and another big WHY for all of this crafty fun. It’s all about making it intentional…intentionally spending time together and having a goal in mind for my kids. M was so excited to write! She wrote her heart out (which for now was her little Ms) but she was singing and writing a love message to mommy the whole time! She is connecting writing with sending a message. She is seeing how writing can be so powerful it can send love to people we care about, which gets her excited about writing. I love to dictate what they say and sing, so I wrote what she sang to me on her love card and we were thrilled about it! You could tell she knew I felt loved and that we would cherish that memory and her love bug card forever!
Finally, we added so glitter glue on each of the love bug spots to ensure that each little spot was 3D:)
Toddler Tip: I just set out some paint and a blank heart card as a canvas for J’s painting creativity. It helped him to have a little snack while he painted:) He ended up painting his hand in the end, but overall it was nice to have him add his own little dots on his love bug card craft. It will be a keepsake for his memory book!
Ages: Fun for all ages, but J is 23 months and H and M are 4.
Add more Learning:
Writing: Write a story about your love bug. Where did he go?, Who did he meet?, How did he feel?
Math: Count the love bug spots.
Reading: Read about lady bugs, read your love message aloud. Ladybug starts with what sound?
Science: Research all about lady bugs, life cycles of ladybugs, images, and where they live. Why are some different colors?
Faith: What is a way you can show love to others? We can share, smile, and welcome new friends. What can we say to others? “I like how you…”
Let me know if you try the Love Bug Heart Card Craft with your Kids!