Valentine’s Day Truck Craft

 

My son requested a truck for art time, since this will be our last Valentine’s post I figured I would throw in some hearts. It can easily be done sans hearts with other shapes or even stickers. The dumper is an envelope so you can really pop things in and out too!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1 full piece of construction paper, some scrap paper, an envelope, markers, glue and scissors.
  2. Start by drawing a flatbed truck. I practiced first but luckily my son’s pjs had a good model on them for me to copy. You can have your child color the truck if you want, mine was jonesing for the glue so we skipped that step.
  3. While they color cut the top off the envelope.
  4. Cut or punch out some small hearts for the truck.
  5. Cut some larger ones to go in the dumper.
  6. Next add the glue!
  7. Glue on the envelope
  8. Glue the hearts on to decorate!
  9. Now slip the cargo into the back of the truck!

Valentine’s Sunshine !

Heart
Sun Catcher


Yes the glitter is back, but it doesn’t have to be used for this adorable craft, tissue paper alone is perfect too ! Parts of this craft are tricky but the results are worth it!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some tissue paper, sparkles, double stick tape, contact paper , scissors and markers. * Glue can work but it’s so messy, it’s worth the cost of the double stick tape.
  2. Start by cutting out 2 large hearts from the construction paper, I just layered the two pages so they would be exact.
  3. Have your child use the markers to color the hearts. If they are older have them write words like Love, Sweet, etc…
  4. While they do that cut the tissue paper into small shapes.
  5. When your child is done fold both hearts in two and cut out the middle – don’t make the frame too small, you can use the cut outs as little valentine’s too!
  6. Here is the tricky part- cut the contract paper to fit within the heart- I used the piece I cut out as a guide, but made the contact paper heart a bit bigger.
  7. Tape to the undecorated side of the heart- the sticky side of the heart should be facing up, the decorated frame pointing down.
  8. Now add the tissue paper!
  9. Add the sparkles! Come on you know you want to!
  10. Repeat with the other side so you have 2 hearts with contact paper middles .
  11. Press together, sticky side to sticky side.
Books!

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Lovely Butterflies

Dainty Doily
Bugs

I can’t count the number of times I have made this craft but it wasn’t until I saw this post over at Just 4 Fun that I got my tush in gear and made it! Sandy does a whole bunch of awesome activities , if you haven’t seen her blog you need to pop over there! I got the package of doilies at the dollar store and the water color was perfect for the fragile paper.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 doily hearts, some red and pink construction paper glue, water colors, a paint brush, small dish for water, googly eyes and a pipe cleaner.
  2. Start by painting the doilies with water colors. This was the first time my son had used them and after teaching him a quick chant of “Water, Color , Paper!” it was smooth sailing.
  3. While they are painting, cut out a butter fly body from the red paper.
  4. Cut out a small heart from the pink paper for a mouth.
  5. Glue the doilies together at the point end.
  6. Add glue on top
  7. Add your butterfly body.
  8. Glue on the mouth.
  9. Add the glue for the eyes, and glue them on
  10. Poke two holes in the top and feed your pipe cleaner through. Tape on the back for extra stability. Curl the ends.
Books!

“Will You Still Love Me?” by Jean-Baptiste Baronian is a sweet little book about Polo the polar bear , and his anxiety about his parent;s love for him when they seem busy with something else. Turns out that mama is about to have a baby ! This is a good book to reinforce the depths of parent’s love and how even with the addition of a new baby , parent’s love doesn’t get split in half! My son loved all the artic animals in the book.


“Did I Tell You I Love You Today?” by Deloris Jordan is a very practical yet heartwarming look at all the ways parents show love to their children everyday, from feeding them healthy food to praying after they go to bed. My son loved all the big boy things in the book like, the school bus, basketball and the playground. I teared up reading the book, but I cry at American Idol so that may not be indicative of anything!

“I Love You With All My Heart!” by Noris Kern is the precursor to “Will you Still Love Me” the author is the illustrator in the other book. The characters are the same and the story is equally as sweet. It’s a slow but calming story about Polo’s quest to understand what mama bear means when she says she loves him with all her heart!