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Valentine's Day Theme
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Crafts & Activities
Arts & Crafts Supplies
As well as the usual everyday supplies, pick up
a few of these items to have on hand for your valentine arts & crafts:
Tip: Stock up on these items during the "after
Valentine's Day sales" in February! Store them in a special theme
box for next year!
heart shaped confetti
heart shaped sponges
things red/white/pink: tissue paper, construction
paper, glitter, pasta shapes, and wrapping paper
valentine stickers and stamps
Construction paper (white and red)
Cut a 2 inch wide strip of red paper long enough
to fit around your head. Tape the ends
together. Cut two more strips of paper,
each 1 inch wide and 12 inches long. Fold one strip in half and make
a 2 inch cut in the center. Glue that strip from one side of the
headband to the other. Glue the second strip on so that the band
is divided into quarters. Tuck and glue the center of the second
strip into the cut of the first. Cut a heart and glue into the center.
Decorate the crown with hearts cut from white paper.
Surprise Valentine Tube
Paper towel tube
red tissue paper
aluminum foil, or foil paper or colored cellophane
snack treat or small toy
Cut a section from a paper towel tube to make it
a little shorter. For a handle, tape the ends of a piece of yarn to the
inside of each tube end. Cut and glue a strip of red tissue paper
around the edge of each end of the tube. Cut slits in the tissue
for fringe. Cover the tube with glue and foil or cellophane.
Add cut paper hearts. Place snack treat or toy inside the middle
of the tube. Stuff the tube ends with crumpled tissue paper.
Cut two large construction paper hearts and decorate
with a special valentine message. Punch holes along the edges and lace
together with yarn or ribbon, leaving several inches open. Stuff with crumpled
tissue paper, finish lacing, and tie a bow (to center the bow ask the kids
start their lacing at the point on the bottom or in the dip in the center
of the "V"!)
Red, White and Pink Art
Let children create their own designs with red,
white and pink markers, crayons or paint.
For each heart mouse you will need: one
large heart, 3 small hearts
Fold the large heart in half; glue halves together.
Fold 1 small heart in half; and glue to make an ear as shown. Staple
a yarn tail with the second small heart glued on the end. Glue the
third small heart on for an eye as shown. You may want to add whiskers
and a tiny heart shaped nose! Make larger mice and use it as a placemat!
Make Holiday Hairpieces for your kids!
Using play dough make several small heart shapes.
Let dry. When dry paint with red, pink or white tempera paint.
Hot glue the small hearts to old hair barrettes, add some ribbon and you
have some festive holiday hair clips.
Cut out interesting characters from children's
valentine cards. Glue them to popsicle sticks or plastic straws and
have a puppet show or tell a story!
Give each child a small box (a shoe box works
great). Cut a small slit in the top for all their Valentine deliveries!
Let the children decorate their mailbox with a variety of items (see above
list for ideas!)
Heart Lunch Bags
Decorate your kids brown paper lunch bags for
the occasion. Use potatoes cut in half and carved into the shape
of hearts. Dip in paint and press onto paper bags. Use red, white and pink
paints for that festive touch.
Shades of Pink
Discuss how the color pink is made. Supply
the children with red and white paint and a piece of white paper.
Ask the children to mix the colors to find their favorite shade of pink.
Have your child punch holes in his/her valentines,
thread and hang them from a hanger to create a mobile. Or take two hangers
and cross them; hang valentines from them. Hang finished mobile from a
curtain rod or picture hook.
You will need 1 large heart, 1 medium heart, 2
small hearts, and 1 slightly smaller for the tail.
Glue the two small hearts to the medium heart (head)
as shown. Glue head to the body. Glue the smaller heart to
the body for the tail. Add the facial features with a felt marker.
You may want to cut a tiny heart for the nose from a contrasting color
With a bit of yarn or ribbon the kids can thread
red, white and pink heart shaped beads or small heart shapes from construction
paper (use a hole punch), or pasta shapes dyed in red/white/pink.
Recipe for Dyed Pasta Shapes
Bean Bag Toss
Cut a large (or two smaller) heart shaped holes
in the front of a large piece of cardboard or the front or top of a cardboard
box. Decorate in a valentine theme! Have the kids practice
throwing bean bags into the holes.
Sorting, Patterning, Colors and Numbers
Cut out many different sized hearts, in many colors
(red, white, pink). You may want to use card stock or laminating
or apply clear contact paper to your hearts. These activities could
also be done on a felt board!
Activity #1 - Have the kids sort the hearts
from smallest to largest; largest to smallest.
Activity #2 - Number hearts from 1 - 10.
Have them place the hearts in numerical order.
Activity#3 - Have the kids sort the hearts by
color. How many red hearts? Pink hearts? White hearts? Which
color has the most hearts? Which color has the least hearts?
Activity#4 - Give each child 6 colored hearts
(2 each of red, white & pink all the same size) Ask the children
to match patterns by color with their hearts....
Pattern#1 - red, white, pink, red, white, pink
Pattern#2 - red, red, white, white, pink, pink
Pattern#3 - red, white, white, red, pink, pink
Activity#5 - Give each child 6 colored hearts
(2 each of 3 different sizes) Ask the children to match patterns
by size with their hearts...
Pattern#1 - small, medium, large, small, medium,
Pattern#2 - small, small, medium, medium, large,
Pattern#3 - small, large, medium, small, large,
Scented Valentine Hearts
Glue or Stapler
Cut out 2 large hearts the same size; decorate
as you wish. Spray perfume on cotton balls. Staple or glue around the edges
of hearts, leave an opening. Stuff the cotton balls inside. Seal the opening.
Decorate the outside of the hearts, if you wish.
Coffee Can Valentine Mailbox
large coffee can
white fabric or felt
red print fabric (polka dots, hearts, stripes,
3D fabric paint pens
Wash and dry can thoroughly. Glue white fabric
or felt to the outside of the coffee can. Cut out heart shapes from the
red print fabric and glue them to the white fabric or felt. Using the 3D
fabric paint pens, outline each heart and write child's name on one of
Cut out a circle from the red felt so that the
felt overlaps the can lid. Glue red felt circle to the plastic lid. While
the glue is drying, fringe the edges of the felt with a pair of scissors.
When glue is dry, use a sharp pair of scissors or a matte knife to cut
a large slit in the top of the lid large enough for the Valentine cards.
Snap lid in place on top of the
Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes
What Color Are You Wearing?
Suit actions to words. Repeat
until most of the common colors are used.
Red, red, red
Who is wearing red today?
Red, red, red, red,
Who is wearing red?
All children with
red showing say:
I am wearing red today.
Look at me and you will say
Red, red, red, red,
I am wearing red today.
If You're Wearing Red Today
Sung to the tune of "Mary
Had a Little Lamb."
When all are standing up,
for a circle and play another game!
If you're wearing red today,
Red today, red today,
If you're wearing red today,
Please stand up.
If you're wearing pink today,
Pink today, pink today,
...and so on.
Poems to put on your Valentine Cards:
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
Sugar is sweet,
and so are you.
I think you are nice
I think you are fine,
Won't you please be my Valentine?
Yes I do,
Can you guess who?
I love you _______ (fill in the black)
Yes I do
I will love you this year,
And next year too!
Valentine's Day Recipes
The idea for these is based on the recipe for
knox blocks. They are great for kids snacks and they make a nice
garnish for sweet salads or desserts. Most kids love them!
2 1/2 cups of water or fruit juice
4 (3 oz) pkgs. strawberry, raspberry or cherry
gelatin (can use sugar free if desired).
Combine water and gelatin in 2 quart glass measure
and heat on high power in
microwave for 3-5 minutes or until the water is
boiling. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Pour into heart shaped
molds, or pour in a 9 or 10 inch square pan and refrigerate
until set. Unmold heart shapes or use a small heart shaped
cookie cutter to cut out hearts.
Use large heart shaped cookie cutter to cut heart
shapes into bread. Spread with your favorite spread (raspberry, strawberry
jam) and serve as a special snack or part of a nutritious lunch.
I have also added red food coloring to deviled egg sandwich filling to
make "pink" egg sandwiches!
Dyed Pasta Shapes
Green Food coloring
uncooked pasta (any shape/size)
Dilute the food coloring in paper cups filled with
water. Put uncooked pasta in cups; let stand for several minutes
to half an hour. The longer the time, and the less water you use,
the darker the colors will be. Do not soak pasta for more than half
an hour or it may turn soggy.
Heart-Shaped Finger Jello
4 cups boiling water
4 envelopes Knox gelatin
3 (3 oz each) packages red jello
Mix Jello and gelatin. Add boiling water
and stir until dissolved. Pour liquid into a 10X15X1 pan (a cookie
sheet with sides works great) and refrigerate for several hours.
When set, use a cookie cutter to make heart shapes. Jello can be
picked up with fingers. Makes about 20
1 stick butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups M&M's
Heart-shaped cookie cutters
Spray cooking spray into an 8-inch x 8-inch pan
and preheat oven to 350ºF. Place butter and chocolate into saucepan
over low heat and melt. Stir to make smooth, set aside to cool, about 5
minutes. Add sugar and vanilla, stir to incorporate. Add eggs, one at a
time, stirring to combine after each addition. Add the flour, stirring
to mix thoroughly. Add 1 cup of M&M's and stir to combine. Place into
prepared pan, making sure the mixture is level and smoothed. Sprinkle the
remaining 1/2 cup M&M's onto the top. Place into the oven and bake
20-25 minutes or until it tests done. Let cool completely and cut with
heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Tip: Use leftover brownie pieces to top your favorite
ice cream or mix them into a milkshake.
Decorate Your Own Cupcake:
For a party idea, give each guest an undecorated
cupcake. Provide pink and white frosting and toppings such as colored sprinkles,
red hot candies, conversation heart candies, candy kisses, strawberries,
and whipped cream.
Make mini-heart sandwiches by cutting out bread
hearts with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Make pink cream cheese by adding
a few drops of red food coloring to cream cheese. Spread the cream cheese
on the bread. Decorate with slivers of red pepper.
Make larger sandwiches by cutting the bread with
a larger heart-shaped cookie cutter. Fill the sandwiches with tuna salad,
egg salad, or peanut butter and jelly.
Fizzy Valentine Punch:
Mix 1 quart red fruit juice with 1 quart club
soda. Add one maraschino cherry or a strawberry to each cup.
Shape ready-made pizza dough into heart shapes.
Spread with tomato sauce, shredded cheeses, and whatever pizza toppings
you like, and bake.
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