Each Valentine’s Day the girls come home with a bag full of generic Valentine’s Day cards from the daycare Valentine’s Day party. Except, there are always a few that are creative. On busy years I role my eyes and wonder what Supermom decided to put those together but, in my heart of hearts, I love making homemade Valentine’s with the girls. Not only do I enjoy the process of making Valentines but I love the thought that goes into it. There is so much more meaning then buying a box from Walmart.
Homemade Valentine’s take time which can be hard to come by. Here we have listed some easy and fun Valentine’s creations to try when you want that homemade feel and still want to save some time.
What You’ll Need:
- Rice Krispies cereal
- 10 oz. marshmallows (around 40 jumbo marshmallows
or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows)
- 3 Tbsp butter
- Red food coloring (or other color of your choice)
- Wax paper
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Plastic bags
- Gift tags
- String or twist ties
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, stirring until melted completely. Remove from heat.
- Add Rice Krispies cereal and food coloring. Stir until color is evenly spread.
- Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 greased baking dish. Press down using wax paper to even and smooth out.
- Cool. If you’re in a rush, as I usually am, put it in the freezer for a bit.
- Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create the hearts.
- Immediately put hearts into plastic bags. If you allow the treats to warm up, they are more difficult to slide into the bags.
- Write names on the gift tags and attach to string or twist tie.
- Pinch together the tops of the bags and tie with string or twist tie.
- Bask in the glory of being an awesome mom.
- Paint brush
- Card stock
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Paper cutter or scissors
1) Paint card stock with paint of your/child’s choice and allow to dry.
2) Cut card stock to desired size. Remember to leave enough room for the size of your cookie-cutter heart.
3) Use heart-shaped cookie cutter as a stamp, dipping the “cutting edge” in a light-colored paint and then stamping it on the painted card stock cut-outs.
4) Allow to dry and personalized message on the back.
Nurture the Experience:
While the mixing of paint may cause parents anxiety, kids have no problem dipping the brush into multiple containers. Embrace it. This is an art lesson in the making. Use the opportunity to explore mixing primary colors. Use open-ended prompts like, “The red and yellow mixed! What color did it make? Does red and yellow always make orange?” Stating the concept a couple of different ways can help keep the conversation going and keep your child engaged in the learning. For example, “That orange color is very pretty. It’s amazing that it started with red and yellow!” or “This shade of orange is lighter than this shade. Did you add more red or yellow to make that shade?”
Not sure what to mix to get certain colors? Reference the color wheel below!