When it comes to Valentine’s Day celebrations–what about the kids? Shouldn’t they get to experience a bit of the Valentine’s day love fest. I say yes! And rather than ply them with chocolate or stuffed red hearts that will end up some where in the back of their closet or under their bed, this Valentine’s Day show your kids how much you love and adore them by: Sharing some fun, kid-friendly craft ideas this Valentine’s Day! One of the best ways for parents to bond with their children is through crafting. While they are engaging in crafts parents can share fun Valentine’s Day anecdotes of love, friendship, and pursuing one’s heart in a very organic and natural way. There is no better way to spend time with young children than sharing stories together and crafting is a perfect escape amidst the bustle of our busy lives; it provides us with an opportunity to slow down and just be together.
And FamilyFun magazine has three cute and easy (and in some cases, tasty!) crafts for families to create together this Valentine’s Day for celebrating the day of love!!
#1 Sweet Mice : Made of two Hershey’s Kisses and a heart-shaped set of ears, these tiny critters are almost too cute to eat.
Ear and foot template (from familyfunmag.com)
Card stock paper
Print the ear and foot templates on cardstock and cut out the shapes. Remove the paper flags from two Hershey’s Kisses. Fold the feet where shown on the template, then use tacky glue to sandwich the feet and ears between the Kisses. Glue a 4-inch length of gray yarn to the underside of the back kiss. Add googly eyes. Attach the mouse a cheese-shaped piece of card stock with a glue dot, then write a note.
Suggested messages: Mice to Know You! You’re Really Mice!
#2 Game lover’s greeting: M&M’s serve as a sweet stand-in for X’s and O’s in this packaged card-and-game combo. (For a sugar-free version, use buttons instead of candy).
Clear treat bags
Trim card stock into a 4- by 6-inch rectangle. Use a marker to draw a tic-tac-toe board in the center and add a message at the top, such as U R A winner or I’m game to be your friend! Slide the card into a 4- by 9-inch clear treat bag (available at craft stores). Add several M&M’s, providing an equal number of two colors. Fold the top of the bag behind the card and seal it with tape.
#3 Circle of love: Pretty paper and glue dots are all you need to make a heartwarming wreath to hang anywhere that needs a little love.
Double-sided scrapbook paper
Cut a sheet of double-sided scrapbook paper (ours is a 12 inch square) into 1-inch-wide strips. Make five hearts as follows: fold a paper strip in half, sandwiching two glue dots about an inch down from the fold to create the top of the heart. Bend the loose ends away from the center and use two more dots to join them at the point. Next, make the two hearts that anchor the hanging ribbon. Sandwich one end of a 12-inch-long ribbon in the center fold of one heart, then form the heart’s point. Secure the other end of the ribbon in a second heart. Use glue dots to adhere the sides of the seven hearts in a circle, as shown.