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Stuffed Hearts and Valentine Boxes

Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Make some sparkly stuffed hearts to decorate your room or to give to someone special.

Sparkly Stuffed Hearts

Make one, two or several stuffed hearts. What will you do with the sparkly hearts that you make? Do you have someone special to show your love to?

Stuffed Hearts
Materials:
Pencil
Red, pink and purple construction paper
Scissors
Stapler
Paper towels or cotton balls
One craft stick per child (or a plastic straw)
White craft glue in bottle with pointed nozzle (*best glue option for this project) - However, if no white glue is available, then a glue stick can be used
Any or all: Red, pink, purple, gold or silver glitter
Red or purple heart sequins
Hole punch
String 1/4” or 1/2” ribbon in a pretty color

What to do:
Whether doing this with one child or several the directions are the same…
• Give each child two matching pieces of constructions paper
• Show them how to put the pieces together and fold in half
• Help them draw half a heart shape on the folded paper
• Have them cut out on the line both pieces of paper at the same time (there will now be two identical heart shapes)
• Help them place the two heart shapes together and staple around the outside edges of the heart, leaving a one inch opening on one of the long straight sides (to stuff)
• Let them use the craft stick or plastic straw to push pieces of paper towel or cotton balls into the hearts until it is full, then staple the opening closed
• Set up a glitter area by putting out a large piece of paper under where the children will be glittering
• Encourage the children to drizzle some glue on their hearts and sprinkle the glitter and sequins
• Shake off the excess and set them aside to dry
• Read some stories about Valentine’s Day while you wait
• When the glitter and glue is dry, punch a hole at the top of the heart. Thread a piece of string through the hole and tie. Hang them from the ceiling or wall and use them as a class decoration
• If planning to give them as a gift – use the pretty ribbon to tie a bow after stringing it through the punched hole
Give the stuffed heart to someone you love!

Valentine Boxes

Have fun decorating a little box. Think of the little things you could put in the box before giving it away…

Valentine’s Box
Materials:
Take-out cartons from a Chinese restaurants (these can also be purchased new from craft stores)
Valentine’s related stickers
Any or all: Red, pink, purple, gold or silver glitter
Red or purple heart sequins
Glue stick

What to do:
Whether doing this with one child or several the directions are the same…
• Give a container to each child
• Have them write their name on the box and encourage them to decorate their containers with stickers and glitter
Fill the box with Valentine’s candy, and give it to someone you love!

Share the love on February 14th!

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