Wheat Grass Leprechaun Hats for St. Patrick’s Day Centerpieces

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Holidays, Kids, St. Patrick's Day

St.-Patrick's-Day-Wheat-Grass-Centerpieces

Just look at this fresh green color! I just love it! It makes me so excited for spring! I put 25 of these centerpieces together for a St. Patrick’s themed church party. I was asked to be over the decorations, and I didn’t have much of a budget to work with. The idea of wheat grass centerpieces came to mind, and I knew it was just the idea I was looking for. For one, wheat grass is super cheap to grow especially if you happen to have bulk wheat berries on hand (which I always do to make this bread!). Secondly, it doesn’t take much time – a week and half, two weeks maximum. AND, the grass is so bright and fresh looking – just the color pop I wanted!

St.-Patrick's-Day-Wheat-Grass-Centerpiece

I found the planter pots at the Dollar Tree. I was so excited they were green and resembled leprechaun hats! To plant the wheat grass, I basically followed these directions. The grass grew so fast! My kids and I had a LOT of fun watching it grow from day to day.

To finish the centerpieces off, I hot glued black ribbon around the brim of the hat and added a gold paper buckle. I am so pleased with how they turned out. It may be too late to grow wheat grass for St. Patty’s Day, but wouldn’t these be cute with a colorful polka dot ribbon for Easter with maybe some eggs peeking out the top? Oh, the possibilities! You really should try growing your own sometime. It’s quite fun!

Wheat-Grass-Top

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.

Hand Sewn Paper Heart Valentine Craft for Kids

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

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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