Archive for February, 2014

Cupid’s Arrow Class Party Valentine Game

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Holidays, Kids, Primary, Valentine's Day

Cupid's Arrow Valentine Game

This year, I have been my daughter’s kindergarten class room mom.  It has been such a fun experience.  I love this age because it really doesn’t take much to make them happy.  Simplicity is a-okay for 5 and 6 year olds.

Our last class party was on Valentine’s Day and we did several activities, but this is the one that stood out.  I called it “Cupid’s Arrow”.

I used a large red poster board, cut out a large heart, and decorated it with crepe paper ruffles.  For the arrows, I used craft dowels and foam valentine stickers.  Just stick two foam stickers to each other with the end of the dowel sandwiched in the middle.  I used hearts stickers on one end and lips on the other.  You could also use pipe cleaners, and cut your arrow tips and fletchings out of paper to glue to the ends.  I liked the weight of the dowels, and with the foam stickers there was no major danger of someone getting accidentally hurt (you never know with kindergartners!).

Valentine Arrows

To play the game, I held the poster up while each child stood from a marked distance and tried to throw the three arrows through the heart.  I made two posters and we had two stations going at once.  The children moved through the line fairly quickly, and each got three turns.  This was a big hit with the boys.  They LOVED it.

I decided I could definitely incorporate this into Primary Singing Time for Valentine’s Day.  I’m sure there are so many ways you could spin an activity like this, but for my primary I had children come up and throw the arrows through the heart.  If they missed, I chose the song, and if the arrow went through the heart, they got to choose.

Primary Snowflakes

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Primary

Snowflakes

I found these snowflake patterns at the beginning of January and have been dying to use them!  I finally had the chance to use them this last Sunday, and they were so much fun!  I glued my snowflakes onto cardstock and laminated them.  For singing time, I put all of them on the board and had boys and girls come up to pick one and try to guess the song it went with.  It was perfect that there were several snowflakes that were easy (“I Like to Look for Rainbows”, “Once There Was a Snowman”,…), but also a few that were tricky and a challenge to figure out.  I loved seeing their expressions when they could see the hidden pictures!

My mom, who is also the Primary Chorister in her ward, did this activity a few weeks before me, and she had the brilliant idea to copy the snowflake, glue that image on the back, and highlight the picture or pattern.  It was a HUGE help with showing those who couldn’t see what everyone else was talking about.

Snowflake

You’re a Real Gem Valentine Printable

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Crafts, Holidays, Valentine's Day

Real Gem Valentine 2

So I know Valentine’s Day is just a couple days away, but we just finished my daughter’s Valentines, and I had to share because they turned out so cute and came together quickly.  So, in the small chance that you may need a last minute idea, here you go. I spotted these eraser rings at Target in the Valentine section (Target has THE cutest things).  They were in a bundle and only cost $3 for 24 rings.  I picked up some small 3×4 clear bags from Hobby Lobby, created a label, and we were good to go. Click here for the printable.  Print the labels, cut them out, and fold them in half.  Stuff an eraser ring (you could even use Ring Pops, costume jewelry rings…) into a bag.  Fold the bag over two times and staple the label over the top.

Real Gem Valentine Front and Back

Write the names on the back and you’re ready to roll.

Real Gem Valentine

My daughter is super excited to pass these out on Friday!

Real Gem Valentine 3

Necktie Baby Shower Bunting

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Baby Shower, Crafts, Holidays

Necktie Bunting

Last weekend some friends and I celebrated the arrival of a sweet new baby boy. A small shower was held in the little man’s honor, and I was asked to make this cute bunting for the occasion. I love buntings because not only are they super showy, but they are so so so simple especially with the help of my Sizzix Eclips. I found this cute tie shape from lovepapercrafts.com, cut it out on my machine, and was ready to go.

I always use my sewing machine to put any bunting together because it’s quick and simple, and it makes it so whatever shape you are stringing together stays put and doesn’t slide around. I use clear thread and adjust my sewing machine on a wide zig-zag setting. For this bunting I used baker’s twine, but you can use yarn, jute…any sort of string. Simply line the twine or string along the top of your shape, and zig-zag stitch across the top of it. When you get to the end of your shape, place the next one in line and repeat.

Sewing Bunting

Here’s a close up of how the stitching will look.

Bunting Stitches Close-Up

Aren’t they cute?!

Necktie Bunting 2

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