Photo Wreath – Valentine’s Day Kids Craft

valentine's day heart wreathEvery holiday whether it’s a hallmark one or not deserves a wreath! This craft uses holiday photo cards and recycles them into a fun Valentine’s tribute to friendship. You can also sneak in a color mixing lesson if you want , by making pink paint with red and white. As you will see further down when a 2 year old has decided he is done- there isn’t much you can do.
Roll with it !
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, a cereal box, some paint, glue, a marker, scissors , some ribbon, photos and a heart shaped paper punch.
  2. Draw some hearts on your cereal box.
  3. Have your child paint the hearts. Let dry.
  4. While they are painting, cut out pictures of your friends using the paper punch. Older children can do this themselves after finishing painting.
  5. Cut out the center of the paper plate.
  6. Cut out the hearts.
  7. Try and try and try to get your child from the sink to come and glue the hearts on but understand that bubbles and water are second only to Dora the Explorer and accept defeat.
  8. Glue the pictures on the middle of the hearts.
  9. Glue onto the paper plate- even if your child hasn’t staged a mutiny this step is tricky so be prepared to help a lot .
  10. I put my plastic place mat on my wreath for a few minutes to press it down, it did the trick!
  11. Let dry.
  12. Loop some ribbon around it and hang up to cherish your friends this Valentine’s Day !
Books !

“Jessica” by Kevin Henkes is a cute book for anyone who may have a child who has an imaginary friend. I think it’s more a book for adults to clue back into what these invisible people really are all about than a book for kids, although your child will like it. The story follows a little girl Ruthie and her imaginary friend Jessica. I have had children over the years tell me they can see the invisible Jessica in the pictures and I am just too old to see. As a parent I so enjoy this author’s ability to remind big people the depth and complexity of small children’s emotions and motivation. He gets it !

” Slugs In Love “ by Susan Pearson had me giggling while reading it. The story is about 2 slugs who write poetry to each other while admiring each other from afar. The book is too complex for the tiny crowd but PreK and up will appreciate the humor and it could be a great springboard for a unit on poetry . A silly but fun book about those slimy garden pests!

Heart Shaped Pizza !

 

fun valentine's day food for kids

Making pizza is the perfect cooking activity for young kids, it doesn’t require you to be near a hot stove and they are practically a shoe in even for picky eaters. My son has recently started picking everything except meat and cheese off his pizza so I blend carrots and peppers into the sauce, mama always wins ! Also using tortillas makes it easy to shape the crust into a heart.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a pan, oven , tortillas, pizza sauce, pepperoni , mozzarella , kitchen sheers and a heart shaped cookie cutter.
  2. Start by folding your tortilla in half and cutting it into a heart.
  3. Next using the cookie cutter make your heart shaped pepperoni, you could do this with a host of other toppings as well.
  4. Time to gather the kiddos! Mine was a little hungry after nap and decided to taste test the crust.
  5. Spread the sauce on
  6. Add the cheese, I am not sure if he is putting it on or taking it off in this picture. Shred much more than you need if your little chef is a fan of cheese!
  7. Add the pepperoni! My son insisted the hearts were eyes, so we made a mouth too.
  8. Bake- I baked ours at 400* for about 10 minutes, checking on it often.Do you do something special for your kids on Valentine’s Day? Tell us about it!

How Do I Love Thee?

Let Me Count The Ways !

Using things like candy for math activities is a fun and novel way to get your children interested and learning. Jennifer over at Ramblings of A Crazy Woman shows us how to make this perfectly lovely Valentine’s counting game using heart candies! For the full how to and a million more awesome ideas head over to her blog:

Ramblings Of A Crazy Woman

Letter Of The Week and More !

Heart H !


How could I not do this? I already did a heart H previously and was just going to repost it but when my son woke up from nap early ( don’t you hate that?) he asked for art so we made a new one, he was pretty little when we did the last so it was fun to do a slightly different version with glitter foam.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some foam sheets, glue , markers and scissors.
  2. Draw a large H on one piece of construction paper.
  3. Have your child color the H if they want, mine was eager to glue so we skipped it.
  4. While they color ( if they color) cut out some hearts from the foam sheets.
  5. Time to glue !
  6. Add the hearts. We talked about the big and little hearts and how we wanted to keep them in the H, not out of the H. I have been sneaking in these little lessons while doing art. If they get frustrated with you drop it but if you get a dialogue going, run with it! Let dry.
  7. Cut out the H
  8. Glue on to the 2nd piece of construction paper.
  9. Show off your awesome work !
Additional Activities

Heart Match


Sorting, classifying and matching objects are all skills that parents probably see their children doing naturally. These are all skills we want to encourage as they are important foundations for math, logical thinking and problem solving. Here is a super quick and easy activity we have been having fun with all weekend.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some fun paper, I am using card stock I had on hand, but if you are doing this with a toddler I would stick to solid colors. The patterns were tricky for my son at first. We want it to be challenging but not frustrating. You will also need a heart paper punch or scissors and a tray or dish with multiple compartments. I got this one at the dollar store for 99 cents !
  2. Make multiple hearts in the different papers. If your child is very young start with 2 colors, and add more for older , more experienced kids.
  3. Take one of each color/pattern and tape it to the bottom of the container as a guide for your child.
  4. Invite your child up to test out the fun . * Since making this early on Saturday it’s been played with 5 times, definitely worth it!

Cinnamon Heart Bark – Valentine’s Day Treat

 

heartbarkI made peppermint bark at Christmas and was amazed at how easy and tasty it was, so while at the grocery store I thought why not try with cinnamon hearts? Here are the results!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a package of chocolate chips, I used milk but semi sweet or dark would have been a nice balance. A package of white chocolate chips, some cinnamon hearts or candies ( can you believe no one in my town had hearts?) , a ziploc , a pan lined with wax paper , some butter and a hammer.
  2. Put the cinnamon candies in the ziploc and hammer them into little pieces, if I had had hearts I would have crushed 1/2 and kept the other half whole.
  3. Melt your chocolate chips – I always use my microwave but they recommend a double boiler for better results. I pop in about 1/2 a tablespoon of butter to help make the chocolate spread easier.
  4. Spread the chocolate in the pan- pop in the freezer for a few minutes to help it set.
  5. Repeat the process with your white chocolate but add the crushed candies before putting it all in the freezer.
  6. When it’s set break into pieces!
Enjoy !