Celebrate love on Valentine’s Day with these creative do-it-yourself activities. Help your children create homemade Valentine’s cards to delight grandparents and friends. Or enjoy this tasty, heart-shaped dessert that even young children can help make.
Design a homemade Valentines’ Day card
Paper heart garland
Materials: construction paper or card stock in various colors, a hole punch, ribbon and markers or crayons
- Cut heart shapes — small, medium and large — out of construction paper or card stock
- Punch holes in the top and bottom of each heart except for the last heart
- "Chain" together the hearts with ribbon. Add a longer ribbon to the top heart.
- Write a Valentine’s message or let your child color a picture on each heart. The card doubles as a decoration!
Valentine Pop-up card
Materials: paper, scissors, paint, markers or crayons.
- Fold paper in half lengthwise.
- Cut out a 3" by 3" notch from the top open-fold side.
- Fold the remaining portion of the paper that is sticking up (on the closed-fold side) down inside the card at an angle. This will be the piece that pops up when you open the card.
- Cut the pop-up into a heart shape.
- Decorate the front cover of the card with "Happy Valentine's Day!"
Make a special dessert
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, 1 package (10 ounces, about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows, food coloring (optional), 6 cups of rice crispy cereal, canned frosting or decorating gel, assorted candies
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir slowly until completely melted. Stir in food coloring (if desired). Remove from heat.
- Add rice crispy cereal into the pan and stir until well coated.
- Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture into 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool slightly. Using heart-shaped cookie cutters coated with cooking spray, cut into desired shapes. Decorate with frosting and candies.
Decorate your home
Stained glass hearts
Materials: wax paper, crayon shavings (adult should shave crayons with scissors), scissors, iron and yarn
- Cut 2 identical hearts out of wax paper.
- Sprinkle a light layer of various colors of crayon shavings on one of the hearts. Cover the shavings with the second heart.
- Place a paper towel on the top of the heart to protect your iron. Seal the wax paper together with the iron on low heat.
- Punch a hole near the top of each heart and string yarn through the hole for hanging. The "stained glass" hearts can be hung in the window.
Materials: pink or red card stock or foam sheet, markers, tissue paper squares in various colors, glue, scissors, thread or ribbon
- Cut a large heart out of the card stock or foam paper and write a message on one side.
- Scrunch the tissue paper squares and glue to the blank side of the heart. Repeat until the entire heart is covered with tissue paper.
- For a hanging card, punch two holes in the top of the heart to thread string or ribbon through.
Are you excited about Valentine’s Day? Share your favorite Valentine’s Day decorating tip in the comments section below.