Cupid’s Arrow Class Party Valentine Game

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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.

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

How to Make a Paper Cone for Gift Wrapping

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

Valentine Craft

I saw the idea for these paper cones for gift wrapping a few years ago on Cake Journal and fell in love with them.  They are so cute and pretty basic to put together.  You can fill them with any small candy or treats.  I stuffed mine with a Valentine variety of white chocolate popcorn – so yummy!  Fun to make and they come together quickly once you’ve gathered your materials.  Use them this Valentine’s Day or adapt the colors and embellishments for any occasion.

Craft Materials

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cardstock
  • cone template found here
  • tissue paper cut into 8 x 20 inch rectangle
  • embellishment (optional)
  • ribbon
  • glue stick
  • stapler

Step 1: Trace the cone template onto your cardstock and cut out the cone.  Glue the long egde of your tissue paper on the rounded edge of the cone, folding little pleats into the tissue paper as you work.  This will be the inside of your cone, so if your tissue paper has two sides make sure the wrong side is facing you as your glue the paper onto the cone.

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Step 2: Adhere glue to one of the straight edges and fold cone together.  It works well to use your fingers to mold the tip of the cone as you secure the paper to the glue.  Use the stapler to fasten the cone together.  In the photo you’ll see I have only one staple, but later I added a second staple near the middle of the cone for extra stability.

Valentine Craft

Step 3:  Glue the embellishment onto the front of your cone and fill it with goodies.  I used a disposable piping bag to put my popcorn in which fit beautifully into the paper cone.  If you’re using wrapped candies you probably won’t need an additional bag.

Valentine Craft

Step 4: Finish the cone off by tying the tissue paper up with a bow.  Simple cuteness, right!?  Enjoy!

Valentine Craft

Hand Sewn Paper Heart Valentine Craft for Kids

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Kids Valentines Heart Craft

I love Valentine’s Day!  Aside from Christmas, I truly think it is my favorite holiday.  It’s not a super overwhelming holiday with tons of prep work or build up.  It’s just a fun, extra-lovin’, happy day where we get to do a few extra special things to show those we care about how much we love them.  What’s not to love about it, right?

When I was a kid, my mom came up with these cute hand sewn paper heart valentines which my siblings and I made to share with our schoolmates.  I loved spending the weeks before the holiday getting my Valentines ready to take to school.   I always felt proud to pass these babies out.  These are unique and simple enough to make them the perfect kid craft.  My 5 year old and I had a blast making over 50 of these last year.

Scissors, Paper, and Yarn

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • colored cardstock (you can use heavy poster board for an even sturdier Valentine)
  • clear sheet protectors
  • heart pattern found here
  • yarn
  • candy or small trinkets for filling the heart
  • scissors
  • hole puncher

Step 1: Trace the heart pattern onto your cardstock and onto your clear page protectors.  Cut the hearts out.

Heart Outlines

Step 2: Overlay one of the clear hearts on top of a cardstock heart.  Use the hole puncher to punch holes around the perimeter of your heart taking care to keep the hearts directly on top of each other.  I punched my holes about a 1/4″ in from the edge of the heart, and about 1/2″ apart from each other.

Hole Punch Hearts

Step 3: Cut a little over 1 yard of yarn and starting at the top center of the heart, begin sewing leaving about 6 inches of yarn hanging out the front of the heart to use later when you tie it all together.  Begin sewing by taking yarn over the edges of the heart and up through each hole.

Threat Hearts with Yarn

Step 4: When you have sewn nearly all the way around your heart, leave a few holes without stitches to make room to fill the heart with candy.  Once the heart has been filled, sew up the remaining holes, and finish the entire heart off with a bow.  Ta-da!  You’re finished!  Now, go share some Valentine love!

Finished Valentines Heart Crafts

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