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Valentine’s Day, Colorful Hearts

This activity was used in a classroom center, so I made it to use for many children. I wrote out the steps and numbered, but I left them scrambled, so the group would have to put them in order to start the activity. Depending on the age of your children, you could do this whole group or at home. The activity is meant for following directions, tracing, cutting and placing the hearts in order from largest to smallest. if you are short on time, you can tailor it to meet your needs. For example, use only three hearts for the project or use the two large hearts and only glue the bottom three quarters to make a heart pocket. The ideas go on, but  you get what I mean. Have fun and celebrate love!

Make Fall Frames

Show off all you have to be thankful for in this adorable frame….I am talking about your family!  So, I have a super crafty friend who had us over to make these adorable frames for Halloween. I chose paper that could be kept up for the fall and Thanksgiving, simply because I like to do less decorating and have less storage.

Fall Frames

These are simple and are a great craft for children and adults alike. The frames with a family picture or child’s art work make a perfect gift for family or the Thanksgiving hostess this year.

What you need:

Wood frame (the one I used is a dollar frame from Michaels

Wood cut out (pumpkin used in pictured frame)

Scrapbook paper (I used 12×12 to have the two frames match)

paint

paintbrush

adhesive (glue)

sandpaper

scissors and Exacto knife

This is the back of the frame and you can paint before or after paper is applied.

If you choose before,  leave time for drying before you complete the craft.

Back of the FrameWhat to Do:

First paint the inside and outer edges and allow to dry.

During this time, cut the paper to fit whole frame. This will not be perfect and can be cut closer to edge with exacto knife and will then be sandpapered to get that smooth look on the edges.

Smear glue onto front of wooden frame and place paper on to dry. Cut out the middle square with an exacto knife and then smoothing the edges with sand paper.

Repeat the same process with your chosen wooden cut out and glue to your frame when it is all dry. I placed the pumpkin in different locations, you can also print the year or family name onto the wooden cut-out. I kept mine plain in case I wanted to change the picture in the future.

Here are the edges of the frame after the sandpaper.

Fall Frame

These frames are so inexpensive and can be used throughout the year. The same craft above can be used for all holidays with the appropriate paper. Think of all the beautiful paper for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, birthdays and vacations. Check out other ideas for these frames such as the summertime Life is a Beach frame and the Nuts and Bolts Father’s Day frame.

These frames can be used for girl scouts, birthday parties and in classrooms for parents gifts. Of course, if you choose to use paper get some adult helpers for the exacto knife part. But, children of all ages can do some variation using these frames. Happy decorating!

Cupcake Liner Flowers

Looking for another way to use left over doilies and cupcake liners? These simple and fun flowers are a joy for little ones to create. The flowers make pretty birthday and shower decorations. Place them in a vase, pot or plant.

All you need are cupcake liners of any size and color, doilies and popsicle sticks. The doilies are optional or you could cut a circle out of paper for some more color.

Flatten out one of the cupcake liners. Glue on to the doilie. Place the cupcake liner and glue onto the flattened piece, as seen below.

The popsicle stick will then be taped or glued to the back and left to dry.

Simple and fun always works for a quick afternoon craft. Make a few for a bouquet to give as gifts for Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is such a fun day to celebrate family and love. It is also another opportunity to create or maintain some traditions within your family. Families can start a new tradition to pass on to your children, grandchildren and future children. Trying to keep family values and quality time together gets more challenging with all of the crazy schedules and activities that creep into our lives. Setting aside precious time for the family to bond and grow is so important. Here are a few easy Valentine’s ideas to get you started.

First, have your goal for the day or week. Have you been wanting to instill a giving and serving attitude in your family? If so, maybe this week can be about “serving others.” Choose a family or person in need and spend a day making food such as cookies, muffins or cupcakes. The idea of making a gift from scratch, wrapping it nicely and delivering is a simple yet strong way to serve and show love in your own neighborhood. Older children may be able to serve at an actual shelter within your city. I think that making Valentine’s Day a serving week is unique and not as crowded as Christmas and Thanksgiving time.

Another goal can be quality family time. I have chosen this as our theme at this point in our lives. With young children in school, our time is limited and I still want it to be special. We have typically made the night a fancy night. We make a great dessert and have fondue on Valentine’s night. I love the creativeness of children, we decorate and they take over. I ask for place mats and they can decorate how they want. If you have issues of being perfect then you may want to have crafts planned or to buy Valentine themed decorations!

When the children were younger I had more of a friend themed day. I would organize crafts and the children would decorate cookies and then have some time for play. These play dates were fun. I am hoping when the children are older to have a fun night together, maybe a dinner and movie. Maybe those of you with older kiddos are laughing at me, don’t spoil my dream yet. But if you have suggestions for teenagers, please fill us dreamers in!

Here is a cute and fun craft that was done at the home of another super cool mom I know. You can buy or make a die cut of a heart, glue on the fun glitter pom poms or any kind. It takes a while to dry. Smear the glue on the cut out and then add the pom poms or other decorations. The sparkly hearts look super cute hanging on the wall for Valentine’s Day.

Glittery Pom Poms

Valentine's Day Craft

Wishing you and your family a day full of loving hearts and great time spent together.

Valentine’s Day Heart People

A simple Valentine’s Day craft that allows the freedom for children to create any heart friend they can imagine! The heart lady below is made of all hearts except her hair, arms and legs. For younger children have all shapes of hearts available to assemble a person and for older ones you can have templates or have then cut their own heart shapes.
Face-eyes are three different heart sizes, nose is upside down small heart, and mouth is small red heart.
Hat-made from upside down heart, folded over about a half inch in the middle to fit better.
Body-Mid section is same size as head, arms and legs are long strips of paper folded accordion style. Hands and feet are small hearts glued on.
Skirt is three-four upside down hearts glued to body.

Not much time: Use markers and crayons for face.

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How to Make a Bean Bag Toss Valentine’s Game

This video shows you how to make a letter sound recognition game to use at home or in the classroom. The bean bag toss game is a valentine theme but could be made for every day use by using another shape besides a heart.  You can adapt this game for older children by writing blends and digraphs (ex: str, bl, sh) or high frequency words on the hearts.

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