Indulge in all things red, white and pink, swoon over lovey-dovey notes and deavour heart-shaped snacks this Valentine’s Day. Use some of the following suggestions to get the kids you know partying to their hearts’ content.
When it comes to memorable tokens of affection, homemade valentines are the ultimate heart sweller. Kids can surprise their own sweet hearts by crafting love jewelry for mom, sister’s, aunt’s or whomever the lady in their life happens to be.
Love jewelry requires about 1 hour and has 3 simple steps. You’ll need Fimo or Sculpey clay (available at art supply stores), tiny heart shapped cookie cutters, toothpicks, thin cording or string and a safety pin.
To make symmetrical hearts, use the side of a pen to roll flat a lump of clay to about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out pieces with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. For free-form hearts, use your fingers to form or coil individual bits of clay. You can even swirl together multiple colors. Use a toothpick to make a hole in a corner of each bead. Then bake according to clay package directions.
Make different types of love jewelry by stringing hardened beads into a necklace, bracelet, coat pin or even a key chain. Get creative!
A valentine guaranteed to grow on recipients: a plant that is synonymous with a special pal, the sweet pea. Kids will love making a Valentine Sweet Pea Pot. You’ll need about an hour and a kitchen sponge, scissors, 3-inch clay pots, arylic paint, potting soil, plastic baggies, packets of sweet pea seeds and ribbon.
First, cut heart shapes from a kitchen sponge with the scissors. Using acrylic paints, sponge-print a design onto the pot. Allow to dry. Place potting soil, seeds and planting instructions into the pot and wrap the whole thing in a ribbon. The best thing about this valentine is you get to literally watch it grow instead of just sliding it into the card box at the end of the month. Plus, the pot can be reused again and again. Talk about lasting love!
Everyone can enjoy a round of Romantic Rock Hunt. To play you need heart shaped rocks, paint, newspaper and paper towels. This activity takes an afternoon so be sure to plan accordingly. First, search for heart-shaped rocks in the rockiest places near you: a stream bank,a lake shore, a graveled driveway, the yard. They don’t have to be perfect, as long as they have the two telltale lobes of a heart and some sort of point at the bottom.
Once you’ve found a good amount of heart shaped rocks, clean off what you find and let them dry well laid out on the newspaper. Now it’s time to get really creative. Set everyone to work painting the rocks. Have various shades of red and pink paints, plenty of glitter and the glitter glue pens are great for writing out fun messages on dried painted love stones, too!
Another Valentine’s Day game is Cupid’s Tree Scavenger Hunt. You’ll need a sturdy tree branch, jar, red marbles or stones, paper, small gifts and string. This is a simple but fun activity.
First you create the Valentine’s Day tree centerpiece by placing the small bare branch in the jar of preferably red marbles. Next write clues on small pieces of paper for items that the kids must find or make to hang on the tree. Tie the clues onto the branches of the Valentine’s tree. When the kids come back with the last item, have small gifts waiting under the tree.
Another way to play is to string clues onto the tree of gifts hidden around the house for the kids to find. You could do it as a count down by hanging 14 hearts on the Valentine’s Day tree and beginning the Valentine’s Day scavenger fun on February 1st.
With these suggestions and your own imagination you’re sure to have a great time planning fun Valentine’s Day themed games and crafts. Don’t be afraid to get creative and heart happy!