Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Crafts

St. Valentine’s Day is a day to give and get Valentines but more importantly it is a day to show the ones around you how much you care about them. This Valentine’s Day involve the kids by having them create and decorate crafts that they can give to those they care about.

Due to the snow and continued news coverage about the snow the segment on WUSA9 News Now with Peggy Fox demonstrating crafts for Valentine’s Day was unable to air however here are those great family friendly crafts.

Why should we have our children make their gifts instead of buy them? I know it keeps them entertained, but does it do anything for them? YOU BET! Kids love it and it really helps them develop.

Helping benefits kids in many ways –
They reflect on how they feel about others
They learn the best gifts aren’t bought

Here are the crafts that Liz demonstrated along with materials and detailed instructions.

Warm Fuzzy Box

What you'll need:
* 1 empty box, any size
* Valentine themed wrapping paper or pink, red or purple construction paper
* Pink construction paper
* White craft glue
* Scissors
* Things to decorate with: Ribbons, Stickers, Glitter, Magazine Clippings, Sequins

How to make it:
1. Wrap the empty box in wrapping paper or construction paper.
2. Tie white ribbon around the box and tie into a bow on the top.
3. Decorate box
4. Fill with little gifts or notes about how special that person is to you.

Tissue Paper Note Cards

What you'll need:
* Various shades of tissue paper (preferably reds, pinks, and purples)
* White paper
* Vinegar
* Paintbrush

How to make it:
1. Have your child begin by cutting or tearing the tissue paper into small squares.
2. Invite her to paint vinegar over the entire sheet of white paper.
3. While the paper is still wet, place the different colored squares onto the white paper.
4. Allow this to dry. When the paper is dry, the tissue paper will fall off, showing your little one how the tissue paper bled onto the white paper.
5. Turn this into a holiday project by cutting the dyed paper into a heart or use this paper to make a holiday or note card.

For this craft and more like it click here:

Lollipop Flowers

What you’ll need
* Red and green construction paper or card stock
* Scissors
* Lollipop
* Glue stick

How to make it:
1. From red construction paper, cut out a heart that's just larger than the lollipop candy and glue it to the wrapper.
2. For the leaves, fold the green paper in half and cut out a leaf shape, leaving the two sides attached at the seam.
3. Unfold the double leaf shape, coat the entire inside surface with glue, and fold it back over the lollipop stem, pressing to secure.

For this craft and more like it click here:

Do you have any crafts you like to do for Valentine’s Day? Do you let your children help with this?

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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