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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine Fun

I'm not sure how it is looking where you are at, but I don't think we will be having our Valentine's Day party on Thursday. The snow just started about 7:00 and it is supposed to continue snowing well into Wednesday night. I guess we'll just have an after-Valentine's Day party.

I wanted to share some cute ideas I saw the other day while I was at the gym. The TV above me was on our local channel 10 and the 10! show was on. The day's episode was showcasing some great Valentine ideas. I had music blasting in my ears, so I'm not really sure of specific instructions, I just sort of made them up as I went along. I thought they really looked cute though so I wanted to share them. We made one today at school--a bit sweet, but they loved it.

The first craft I called a Valentine Tree. I'm not sure if that is what it is called, but that is what it looked like to me.

Here is what I used:

5 oz. Dixie cup
vanilla frosting
Sweetheart hearts
small paper plate
glue gun

Before the children arrived at school, I hot glued small Dixie cups to small paper plates--these were the children's "tree" shapes.

For the craft the children used the vanilla frosting as "glue" and "glued" the hearts to the tree. I let them used the frosting glue whichever way was easier for the. Some put frosting on the heart and stuck it on the cup, while others covered the cup with frosting then stuck on the hearts. Almost of all of them just happened to get frosting on their fingers though and just had to lick it off:).

One observation I made, though not important to the craft; if the children could not see the other side of the cup it didn't get any hearts. All of the cups were decorated on the sides facing the children. When I asked them if they were done they would say, "Yes." If I asked them if they wanted to decorate the other side, they looked shocked that there was another side.

The other craft from the show we did not make and is extremely easy, but it also has great WOW effect.

You will need:

An ink pad
A small piece of paper
A small frame--about 2x3

Have the child put their thumb in the stamp pad. In the middle of the paper stamp one thumb print. Re-ink the thumb and stamp the the thumbprint to make the two look like a heart. Write the child's name and year, pop the paper in the frame, and you have a beautiful keepsake. I used two thumbprint hearts in my picture, the show only had one per frame.

The other craft we did today was not from the TV show, just an old favorite I have had since college. It was our heart people. I give the children a folded piece of paper with half a heart drawn on it. They cut this out and are in total awe when the final open product is a full heart. We decorate the large heart with heart eyes, nose, and mouth. Then add some white arms and legs. I think they always have such character.

Just so you know, I had both crafts set up on separate tables today and the children could choose to do either one or both. So, if you haven't done any Valentine projects yet, I think these are a few easy ones you can add to the mix. Have fun!

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Tracey said...

This is soooo cute! I can tell you love what you do by the look on the child's face. Absolutely priceless! I too share a love of working with children and I've been a children's librarian for 21 years. Check out my youtube channel at

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

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:) Nicole

Domestic CEO said...

I LOVE these ideas! Check out what I did with my own kids while we were snowed in: said...

Oh how cute! Great Valentine Fun.
I love to see the joy on the children's faces. It makes me want to be a kid again!

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

Very cute ideas! I am a new follower, I am glad I found this! Thanks!