valentines day projects for kids

DIY VALENTINE KEEPER

We wanted to create some valentine catchalls for our littles to take to school or simply hang on their door to collect all of the sweet valentines that they get from their friends and family. We wanted to do something a little bit different than the average shoe box that we all know (and love….. or do we?). I may have had too much fun doing this little project…. shhh!
Here is what you will need:
– 2 pieces of felt
– twine
– scissors
– craft glue
-heat bond tape
-iron/ ironing board 
– 1 needle 
– straw (if you are doing one for a boy)
– anything you choose to decorate your bag with! I chose ribbon and felt stickers
Simply lay out your two pieces of felt, cut strips of the heat bonding tape for 3 of the sides as shown and iron over each strip holding for about 6-8 seconds per section. ALLOW TIME FOR IT TO COOL!! Then, pull the paper part off of the tape. If it has not cooled, this part will not work!
 Lay your second piece of felt directly on top of the piece with the tape.
 Iron. Again, be sure and leave the iron on each second long enough for it to actually bond. Patience! 
Allow for cooling time to ensure a good hold. Then, you should have a pocket that looks like this.
  Next, string your twine through the needle, and poke the needle through both pieces of felt. It will be hard to get it through the heat bonding tape, so be sure to poke your hole just outside of the edge of the tape.  tie a double knot to secure the twine.
Do this on both sides.
 Play with your design before securing everything to the felt. Lay it all out just how you want it.
 Then, get to gluing. I only needed to glue the ribbon I used. I used Martha Stewarts craft glue, which worked fabulously.  
 The stickers were felt, and I got them at Target! They adhered to the felt bag extremely well.

If you are doing one for a boy, you can slide a straw onto the twine before you thread each side to create a carrying handle…. kind of like a briefcase. ūüėČ
This is such a fast and super simple project that you can actually do with your kids!! We made a couple more of these bags, and I did the ironing and threading. Then, I just let Amara peel and stick (hence the upside down hearts on hers) as she pleased. Now, go fill this thing up with some V-day goodies!
-J

VALENTINE’S DAY PROJECT FOR THE LITTLES

Ari and Amara looooved this Valentine’s Day candy necklace project! They both got into it and surprisingly only ate the treats after their necklaces were finished. We loved how hard the kids concentrated stringing on the cereal and candy. This is a great play date activity – fine motor skills trump sugar, right? Candy necklaces taste best served with pink strawberry milk. Have fun! 

We found it was easiest to tape one end of the string to the table. 
Take a much deserved strawberry milk break.
Eat your beautiful creations before this happens…
Cheers!

BALLOON VALENTINES FOR KIDS (FREE PRINTABLE)

My three-year-old, Ari, loves balloons. We play catch with them (really good practice for spazzy toddler coordination), we draw funny faces on them, whenever there’s a holiday we have tons and tons of balloons, so I thought it would be fun for him to hand them out to his little friends at preschool this year. After I designed this I thought… does this make sense? You make my heart pop? Whatever, the kids will just be excited about the balloon, right? I printed my cards on kraft paper, but you could certainly print it on white or red paper.
1. Download free printable HERE
2. Cut using our fav cutting board HERE
3. Attach balloon with washi tape HERE
Do you know how hard it is to photograph a toddler and a balloon? Exercise for the week day- check.
-L

STICKER VALENTINES FOR KIDS (FREE PRINTABLE)

Yippee! A free printable for your littles on Valentine’s Day.¬†Ari gave his friends at preschool these packets of stickers last year- all kids love stickers!
PRINTABLE: download HERE
CUTTING BOARD: THIS is our fav!
BAGS: You can purchase clear bags at any craft stores or buy HERE¬†in size 3″ x 5″.
STRING: HERE
 Found these great foam stickers at Target
Ooooh I love when Ari writes his name! I helped on the “r” but he did the rest himself!
Hope your littles have fun with these goodies!
-L