Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Prep Week

So this week I set aside the letter idea (I will get back on track with the kids next week) and decided that we were going to work on Valentine's Day crafts.  Seem how its been to freaking cold to take the little ones outside most of the week, we had a lot of time to do some fun crafts. 
Work in progress

XOXO ~ I was at the local Dollar Store in Regina (guess that wouldn't be local if its not near me?!?!), anyways, I found these cute wooden XOXO's.  I thought it would be fun for the kids to paint and add a little glitter to, for a decoration to keep for the Love Day. This craft wasn't taken from any website or book, I just seen them and thought it was a good idea!

Finished Product

Heart Flowers in a Pot ~ craft found on DTLK
The two girls had a blast making these pretty little heart flowers for their parents.  There is a quote on the red heart that says "Thumbody loves you, its me!"  We used this quote cause the red dots on our heart flowers were made with their thumb prints.

Work in progress
Puppy outta our hearts ~ craft from DTLK
We made what kinda look like puppy dogs from hearts only.  I guess when you have a 3 and 4 year old doing the crafts you kinda have to use your imagination sometimes.  I still think they did a great job.  The instructions said to use construction paper, but once again at the Dollar Store I found foam hearts in a few different sizes, so I thought it would be fun to use them instead of paper.
Finished Puppy

Butterflies ~  craft from Kaboose

What little gal doesn't like butterfly's???? When I was looking for crafts to do this week, my daughter was sitting at the table coloring beside me, she saw this one and we just had to do it. 

"Valentine, you make my heart Flutter!"  is the quote that is written on the wings of the butterfly.  The wings are also made out of two hearts.  Its kinda hard to tell from the picture, but that's what they are!

We also did some coloring pages.  I found a number of cute ones on Google image search for Valentine's Day coloring pages

I have a few other projects planned for Monday, for our Valentine's Party too.  I thought I would post them ahead of time for those whom might want to try them with their children too.

Stain Glass Hearts ~ Craft from Kaboose
Caution, I don't know if you would want to try this craft with toddlers???? Using heat might be a scary thing for children just learning right from wrong.

Butterfly Pencils ~ Craft from Piggy Giggles

And I am hoping to make some sugar cookies on Sunday afternoon.  I will then let the kids ice them with pink and red icing and decorations.  This will be their afternoon snack. 



Sugar Cookies
 • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
 • 1/3 cup shortening (or margarine)
 • 3/4 cup sugar
 • 1 teaspoon baking powder
 • pinch salt
 • 1 egg
 • 1 teaspoon vanilla
 • 2 cups all-purpose flour
 • granulated sugar, colored if desired
Sugar Cookie Icing
 • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
 • 2 teaspoons milk
 • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
 • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
 • 3 drops red food coloring
 1.  Beat butter and shortening thoroughly with an electric mixer or pastry cutter.
 2.  Add sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt and mix until well combined.
 3.  Beat in egg and vanilla then as much flour as you can with the electric mixer.
 4.  Stir in the remaining flour.
 5.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour;
 6.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
 7.  Split the dough in 1/2 and roll one half at a time. Cut out with appropriately shaped cookie cutters.
 8.  Keep the piece you aren't using in the fridge.
 9.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for about 7 to 8 minutes, until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly
     browned (don't over cook).
 10. Makes 36 cookies.
 11. In a small bowl, stir together the confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Add the corn syrup and
     almond extract; mix well. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
 12. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to desired intensity. Dip cookies or paint them with
     a brush.

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