My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is all the fun crafts and treats we get to make with our kids.
Kids love sharing something they made themselves with close family and friends. Make a few of these projects with your children this year and hand them out to grandma, grandpa, daddy and of course their best friends from school or preschool.
Valentines Crafts You Can Do With Your Kids
Coffee Filter Roses
Lay a basket shaped coffee filter flat on some paper or wax paper. Give your child some water colors in pink and red and let her color the coffee filter. Allow it to dry completely, then fold it in half. Fold it one more time. You can cut some wavy lines on the top of the filter if you’d like. Use a green pipe cleaner as the stem for the rose and secure it around the bottom of the folded coffee filter. Now spread the top of the coffee filter out to make the flower shape. You can cut out leaf shapes from green felt or construction paper and glue them on the pipe cleaner to finish off the project.
Melt some good quality chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Don’t overheat the chocolate or it will start to burn. When the chocolate is completely melted, pour it into a squirt bottle with a large opening. Spray some lollipop molds with cooking spray, then let the kids squeeze the melted chocolate in the mold. Add a stick while the chocolate is still soft, then let it cool until hard. Gently lift the chocolate lollipops out of the mold and wrap some cello around them. Tie a little bow at the end to keep the cello in place and your chocolate lollipops are ready to hand out.
Heart Shaped Cookies
Make a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough. Add some red food coloring to it at the end to turn it bright red. Roll the dough out and let your kids cut it out with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Bake the cookies according to your recipe’s directions. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Mix some powdered sugar and milk to make a sticky paste. You can turn this glaze pink by adding a few drops of red food coloring. Use the back of a spoon or a pastry brush to spread the paste on the cooled cookies. Use sprinkles to decorate these special Valentine’s Day cookies even more. After the powdered sugar glaze is completely hardened, put the cookies on a plate or in a pretty bag and they are ready to hand out.
Homemade Treat Bags
One of our kid’s favorite Valentine’s Day gifts is a bag full of little goodies. Of course you could go out and buy a pack of plastic baggies, but it’s a lot more fun to make your own. All you need is some small paper bags and some red paint, markers and stickers. Let the kids decorate the bags. You can also write the recipient’s name on each bag. The kids can make cute ladybug bags by dipping their finger in red paint and making red prints all over the bag. Take a fine tipped black marker to draw a line through the middle of the fingerprint and some dots on each side. Add a small head, antennae and three legs on each side. When the bags are decorated, just fill them with some small candies, or the cookies and chocolate lollipops from above.
Heart Shaped Cards
Of course you also need to make some sort of Valentine’s Day card. These heart shaped cards are easy to make and look very cute. Start by folding a piece of red or pink construction paper in half. Draw a heart shape on one side, so that part of one side of the heart is on the folded edge. Cut out the heart making sure to leave the fold intact. Next it’s time to decorate the card with little hearts cut out of construction paper, stickers and markers or crayons. Don’t forget to write a special message inside.
By Susanne Meyers