Your kiddos will love crafting and eating these love filled projects.
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Yarn Heart Cards How-To:
What you'll need: Colored cardstock, scissors, tape, needle, plastic child-safe tapestry needles, colored yarn
Make it: Parent: Cut a 4"x8" piece of cardstock and fold in half. Print the heart template (download below) cut it out, and lightly tape to the front of the card. Unfold the card and lay it flat. Using the template as a guide, punch holes in the card with a needle; discard template. Child: Thread a tapestry needle with colored yarn and knot the end. Starting from the inside of the card, stitch yarn from side to side. Finish by knotting on the inside of the card and trimming any excess yarn.
A simple wooden spool covered in ribbon holds a precious flower bouquet.
See the next slide for instructions.
Paper Blooms How-To
What You'll Need: Cardstock, small circle and heart craft punches, straight pin, craft glue, cloth-covered floral wire, small buttons, wooden spool, grosgrain ribbon (same width as spool)
Make It: The Flowers Parent: Punch out a circle from cardstock and poke a small hole in the center with a straight pin. Child: Punch out five heart shapes and fold in half lengthwise for petals. Glue the petals around the circle, leaving the hole unobscured; set aside to dry. Thread one end of a length of floral wire through two holes on a button and twist to secure. Push the opposite end of the wire through the hole in the middle of the flower shape for a stem. Repeat to make more flowers. The Vase: Wrap a length of ribbon around the spool and glue to secure. Trim the flower stems and stick them into the spool to display.
Flair and Square
Decorate simple sugar cookies with anything your heart desires!
Kids can wear their heart on their sleeve with cute Valentine award ribbons.
Award Ribbons How-To
What you'll need: Regular and mini decorative cupcake liners (available at bakeitpretty.com), craft glue, craft punch or decorative-edge scissors, colored cardstock, markers, grosgrain ribbon, scissors, safety pin
Make it: Flatten out 3 cupcake liners (assorted sizes), stack them largest to smallest, and glue in place. Use a craft punch or decorative-edge scissors to make a center piece from colored cardstock. Write the title of the award on the center piece with markers and glue to the middle of the stack of liners. Fold a length of ribbon in half at an angle, then glue the folded end to the back of the liners and let dry. Trim ribbon to desired length and cut tails at both ends. Attach a safety pin to the back of the award at the ribbon fold and use to pin to recipient's clothing.
Made With Love
Give each child a craft kit on a traditional cafeteria tray full of supplies like paper, scissors, ribbon, and glue.
Guests can play she loves me/she loves me know when pulling a veggie petal to eat. Place small bowls of ranch or Thousand Island in the center for dipping.
Originally published in the February 2010 issue of Parents magazine.