If you are anything like me, you just looked at your calendar
and realized you have less than a week to make 20-something
Valentine's Day treats for your child's class.
I like to make my own treats because I've noticed that many
Valentine's Day treat make some reference to a romantic love that
may be foreign to most 6 year olds. We'll save the romantic love
for the adults and make a kid-friendly Valentine's Day that helps
them show appreciation for their friends. I also like to provide
gender neutral and sugar free options-am I doing too much?
I decided to do a roundup of some crafts that you could complete
in your free time (what is that?) this weekend. Many of the crafts
require items you may already have in your home such as
construction or cardstock paper, scissors, gel pens and Popsicle
sticks. So clear off a table and pull out your craft basket, here
are some quick and budget friendly crafts.
Anything related to the solar system is a big deal in my home,
so I know this would be a huge hit. To make this cute card all you
need is cardstock paper, gel pens and scissors. Fold the cardstock
paper in half and cut out heart shapes. If your child is able you
can have them write out phrases such as "You are out of this world"
or "You're a super star" on the hearts. If you want, you can attach
mini Milky Way candies or Hershey Kisses. Or you can head to your
nearest dollar store and pick up a pack of marbleized rubber balls
to insert in the middle of the hearts to serve as planets. Your
child can also use the gel pens to decorate the heart with little
stars and "galactic dust"!
Does your kid have a favorite superhero or refuse to take their
cape off for bedtime? Oh, just mine? I love this craft but it's a
bit more tedious. This project requires tootsie pops, stiff felt
(heavy cardstock will also work), a hole puncher, ribbon and hot
glue. Using the stiff felt and ribbon, you will make and attach a
cape to the tootsie pop. You can use crinkle cut scissors to
add some detail to the cape. A hot glue gun can be used to attach
the superhero's symbol (this is a great time to let your child be
creative and make their own!) to the cape and any other decorations
Bookmarks are always a fun treat, especially if you have a
reader or want to encourage reading in your home. For this project
you can use cardstock and have your child decorate each book mark
with Valentine 's Day themed stickers. If you have a laminator, it
would be great to laminate each one, otherwise be sure to use heavy
card stock. You can also punch a hole at the top of the bookmark
and add decorative ribbon.
Looks like we have a busy, but fun weekend ahead of us! What
treats are you sending to your child's classroom for their
Valentine's Day party?
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