This Valentine’s Day, get your kids involved with creating special Valentines for their classmates and gifts for others. Have them lend you a hand with cutting, gluing and coloring to create personalized treats and decorations for your home. If you’re stuck or aren’t sure what to do, here are a few ideas.
This is a simple twist on the traditional Valentines that your kids give to their classmates. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Card stock or construction paper in green and various shades of red
- Lollipops (one for every student in the class)
- Glue stick
Have your kids cut out heart shapes from the red construction paper. Make sure the hearts are slightly larger than the lollipop. Place a small dot of glue and attach the paper to the lollipop wrapper. Cut out leaves from the green paper and glue to the lollipop sticks. Have your kids write their names on the back, as well as the name of their classmate.
Colorful and simple, these crayon hearts are easy to make and bring a touch of color into your apartment.
- Wax paper, cut into 12-by-16-inch sheets
- Crayon shavings, made with a handheld pencil sharpener
- Kraft paper
Fold a sheet of the wax paper in half. Place the crayon shavings in a thin, even layer on one half of the paper. Fold the other side of the paper over the crayon shavings, and protect the ironing surface with kraft paper. Cover the wax paper with another sheet of kraft paper. On medium heat, lightly iron over the paper, checking after every few passes. Stop when all of the shavings have melted. After it has cooled, have your child trace and cut out hearts of various sizes. String the hearts on a silk thread and hang near a window.
The perfect Valentine’s Day outfit is not complete without a Valentine bracelet. You’ll need:
- Craft foam sheets in various colors
- Foam shapes (hearts, flowers, etc.)
- Ribbon in different colors
- Hole punch
- Self-stick Velcro tabs
Cut pieces of the craft foam into 1-by-7-inch strips. The band should overlap about one inch around your wrist. Use the ruler and mark a line down the center of the band. Use the hole punch to punch holes down the center line, about ¾ of an inch apart. Weave the ribbon in and out of the holes from one side to the other, and then glue the ends down. Use the foam shapes to decorate the top of the bracelet. For the finishing touch, add the Velcro tabs on the ends of the bands.
A sweet treat with a personalized note is an easy way to win over someone’s heart on Valentine’s Day.
- Milk chocolate chips
- White chocolate, or candy melts
- Lollipop sticks
- Plastic zipper-lock bag
- Lollipop wrappers
- Chocolate mold
Carefully melt the milk chocolate over a double boiler on low heat, whisking frequently. Place one lollipop stick in each chocolate mold, and then carefully pour the melted chocolate into the mold. Let the chocolate set. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in the double boiler on low heat, whisking frequently. Place in a plastic bag and snip the corner. Let your child write or decorate the chocolates, and then let them dry. Wrap each lollipop and secure with ribbon.
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