These simple heart sun catchers are so easy for young children to make, and they look so pretty stuck up in the window as a sweet Valentine's Day decoration.
All you need is some thin coloured card, some clear contact paper (sticky backed plastic) and some collage materials, we used torn up red and pink tissue paper.
I used my Cricut Mini to cut out the heart shapes. There is a basic heart shape supplied in the cartridges that come with the machine, and when I logged in this time I had a free trial of the Love Struck 2010 cartridge which is where the slanted heart shapes came from (although you could recreate this shape by manipulating the free basic heart shape). Of course it is also easy enough to cut out a heart frame using scissors.
Once you have a selection of heart frames cut out, stick them down on the clear contact paper and cut around the edges. Then give your child the collage materials and let them stick them to the sticky paper. Even younger toddlers will easily be able to do this, and they will have a real sense of accomplishment from being able to create something pretty so easily. You might like to add a second layer of the sticky backed plastic on the reverse side, to keep it all nice and neat.
Then stick them up in the window so that the light can shine through!
If you are looking for Valentine's Day crafts to do with the children then you might like these other crafts:
Easy Valentine's Day collage bunting
Valentine's Day gift boxes from toilet roll tubes
You can find more heart themed ideas for young children here - Heart Crafts and Activities