Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How to Make Simple Valentines for a Party

Hi Everyone-
Yesterday I showed you our Valentines Boxes that my toddlers made.
We also had to prepare the snacks for their party this week.

 I wanted something:
  • simple
  • cheap
  • and practical.
 I wanted my kiddos to be able to partake in getting the Valentines ready. I didn't want to be the mom staying up til' midnight trying to get it all together while my kids were sleeping. I wanted to do it with them.

We started our week out by talking about Love and what Love is. It has been the focus of our morning devotionals as we go into Valentines day. So, having my kids prepare the Valentines that they are to give out is a great way for them to practice being Loving, Kind, and Giving to others.

So we put together "Wild About You" bags.

20 Bags from Walmart- $1.47
Animal Crackers- $1.88
Scrap paper laying around in craft closet
Cricut- (For those of you who can use scissors- scissors work fine)

I didn't want to go with the typical paper Valentines because my kids are 4, 2, and 10 months. So it's not like they could even read it or enjoy putting those together. But they do like animal crakers, stuffing bags, and helping twist tie them.

It was really quite simple:

1. Have Toddlers help stuff bags full of Animal Crakers. (Yes, their hands were clean. I made sure of it.)
They both really enjoyed doing this. While we were stuffing bags we talked about who we could give them to and about practicing Loving others.

2. Use the fancy cricut to cut out hearts. (Again scissors will work. I just can't draw a heart more or less cut one out. I'm craft handicapped. I just do the best I can and put the machines to work.)

 3. Next we had an assembly line going. Toddlers would twist bags together. I would add the twist tie.

 See this is quick, easy, and cheap.

4. Write "Wild About You" on all your hearts.
 Typically, I would prefer  the kids to do this. But they can't write all those letters yet. 

5. Have kids help staple the hearts to the bags. 

And you're done.

We have just created a simple snack for a toddler Valentines party that kids will love!

 Not to mention the cookies aren't "that bad" for you.

 They are much better than that yucky fake chocolate that stores sell at Valentines day.
 If I'm going to put unhealthy calories in my body, I want the good stuff!

 Everyday either at suppertime or when I'm tucking my kids in, I ask them
"What was your favorite part about today?"
Today they said, "Making bags with you mom. That was fun!"

You see, kids don't care what it looks like. They just want your Presence. 
 Oh I forgot a very important step.......

6. Let your kids eat all the crumbs.

Enjoy! I hope this helps!

You might check out my post Valentines for a Friend Valentines for your Husband, Valentines Tea Party with your kids, and then Make a Wreath.

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