Cork Love Bugs – Valentine’s Day Craft

valentine's day craft for kids I made a Love Bug Butterfly Craft with my son many years ago but have never made one of these classic Valentine’s day crafts with my youngest. So looking around at what supplies I had on hand and how she loves to play with things after we make them cork Love Bugs just made sense. You could use paint but I opted for the least amount of drying time so we could play with them by dinner time when the glue dried.

Gather your materials. You will need some corks, red markers, googly eyes, glue, double stick tape ( or more glue if drying time isn’t a concern), pink and or red construction paper, a heart punch or scissors, and a tray to keep the rolly polly corks on the table and frustration levels low.love bug craft for valentine's day

Start by coloring your corks. love bug craft for kidsMy daughter decided to make a mama and a baby love bug so she colored two while I made one as well. If you want to spread this craft out over a longer period you could paint the corks and wait for them to dry. We are not good at waiting so we used sharpies.love bug craft for children

Next she used the heart punch to punch out the heart wings first with her handsvalentine's day love bug craft for little kids and then with her elbow.fun love bug craft for kids

I popped the double stick tape on.love bug Vday craft for kids

She added the wings.cork love bug crafats for kids

Then it was time for the glue and googly eyes. She chose just the right ones. love bug crafts for valentines dayThen added the glue. love bug craft easy valentine's day craftLet dry.love bug

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link & learn 2014

Happy 2014!  Are you back from your “vacation” yet or are you still in candy cane and sugar cookie land? I am having the hardest time getting back into the groove so I am hoping your posts will inspire me too!

Link up crafts for kids, activities, early education lessons… anything that can be useful for parents and/or teachers. There are no hoops – just link up! Of course if you want to explore the other links please do. I have found the most incredible blogs through Link & Learn.



Crafts and Activities For Kids {add your best of 2013}

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There are only a few days left in what was a fantastic year for us and I hope for you as well. I wasn’t sure I would continue Link & Learn in 2013 but when I asked a group of other bloggers if they thought I should keep this linky going every week the overwhelming response was yes. For those of you who are not bloggers I hope that Link & Learn is useful and can be used as a bit of a cheat sheet for great crafts and activities for kids all in one place.

Today I have a specific request. I would love for you to link up the very BEST activities you have shared in 2013. That might mean the biggest traffic getters or the posts you were most proud of, you choose. Next week I will be sharing my best of 2013 and I want to see yours too!

Thank you for being a part of No Time For Flash Cards this year.



New Years Crafts For Kids

new years craftsDon’t worry I am not trying to dive into 2014!  I want to share some of our favorite New Years crafts so when the rush of Christmas is over but the kids aren’t back to their regular routines yet you still have something fun to make with all the left over glitter from Christmas crafts! I love New Years because it’s a great time to talk to children about change. Change as you likely know is hard for kids who crave the security of routines and predictability so finding a time when they aren’t going through a major change to bring it up is always good. New Years does that for us. We look back, notice changes then make goals and predictions for the year ahead. Here are some great crafts that can spark that discussion for your family as well as a bunch of firework crafts because when I mentioned New Years both my kids mentioned fireworks.

New Years Memory Game
Confetti Pop Fireworks
Every Year I Get Bigger – Photo Book.
New Years Wishing Tree
Shaving Cream Fireworks
Playroom Art Retrospective
Handprint Fireworks
New Years Eve Scavenger Hunt
Cupcake Liner Fireworks

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kids craftsLink & Learn is for all of us whether you are a blogger looking for another place to share your brilliant blog post, a parent looking to find more ideas that the ones we share on No Time For Flash Cards , or a teacher looking for just the right idea for your lesson plan I hope we have everything you need here. Each week I encourage other bloggers to come share what they have been up to and hope to create a weekly cheat sheet of sorts for everyone.

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