We’ve started making our slew of valentines for friends, and I wanted to share a cool printable I found thanks to Confessions of a Homeschooler linking it.  Over at Christian Preschool Printables they’ve got a slew of Jesus loves me stuff (link goes to page 3 where the printable I used is), and I printed off the pop-up Valentine card to make.

I also printed off the Jesus loves me booklet to help my kids learn the song, since it’s one of the ones we’ll be singing.  I plan to have them practice every day until we go there just to make sure they know it.

Now, on to the two sets of Valentines we’ve finished so far.

supplies: mini-cupcake liner, green construction paper, red or pink construction paper (or you could use the printable), markers, scissors, glue


1.  Smash the cupcake liners so they’re more or less flat.  Then let your child happily color them as much as they want.  It looks more flowery if there’s lots of color on it, but it’s their art.  And it looks so cheerful when you have mounds and mounds of them spread out on the table in front of you.


2.  Take your construction paper and cut it in half.  Then hamburger fold that piece in half.  This means you get two cards from one piece of paper.


3.  I divided the green construction paper into fourths, this cut down on any ideas of making monstrously huge stems or anything like that.  Then I told the kids to cut a thin long piece for the stem.

By the by, like my oh so professional typing paper background?


4.  To make this a bit of a math activity each kid drew a number to tell how many leaves to draw.  Superman drew 5.  Which he enthusiastically mutilated his construction paper to make.  Happily glue on leaves.

 5. Glue on your cupcake liner at the top.  Batman added in the step of fringing the cupcake liner after it was glued on, which I thought added a rather adorable twist to it.

If you want you could use one of the phrases from the printable I’m including, we ended up not using them because the kids decided to turn these cards into get well soon cards for a sick friend.


This one is a bit more complicated.
Supplies: printable, contact paper, tissue paper, yarn, hole punch, markers


1.  Cut tissue paper into miniscule pieces.  This is perfect for practicing cutting, or for any kids (cough cough Princess) who like to make confetti.


2.  Get out a piece of contact paper, for each of the kids I cut one that is about 12 inches or so, and I was able to get easily 30 necklaces from one set of it, so you probably want to make it smaller depending on how many you’re trying to make.
I taped the contact paper to the floor and let the kids start covering it in the tissue paper.  I tried to get them to keep it flat, with mixed success.


3.  Sandwich their creation in a second piece of contact paper.  Then start tracing hearts.  You could just freehand them, but every time I do they end up looking funny.


4.  Hole punch the heart and thread yarn through.  I cut our yarn about 18 inches.


5.  Meanwhile have your kids trace the words to get in some writing practice and sign their names.


6.  Put a bit of double sided tape on the bottom, and a second piece to help secure the necklace, and you’ve got yourself a very cute card.


Or twelve.  Only a lot more to go………..
valentine cards
Click on picture to go to the printable.
I’m linking this up to:

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Wooden Spoon Puppet

Materials: wooden spoon, fabric, yarn, sequins, what do you feel like?


Color like crazy.  Actually they were more concerned with coloring the wooden shapes we’ve just bought to make a fishing set……

Glue on accessories as you like, add fabric, whatever.  I taped on the dress using duct tape.
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Batman insisted his didn’t need anything else.  Princess is modeling mine, which she decided to adopt.  Superman’s is two-sided monster, can you tell he’s growling.

The last craft I featured at MOPS will be published on Thursday as part of our stART activity for the week.

Art Box and Kiddos Create: pins and needles

I’m sure with a title like that you’re really curious now aren’t you?  Well, remember how last Monday I talked about Princess discovering my pin cushion?  Well my boys have discovered it now, and they’ve been busy creating stuff with pins.


Mainly they’ve been torturing Goliath from a Bible playset I made…….


I think that is a baby wipe, a foam sticker and lots and lots of pins.  I’ve been discovering Goliath all over my bottom floor with all sorts of things stuck to him.  Right now he sits behind me on the office floor with pins all over him and tied up in kite string “he’s in a trap, and NO PRINCESS DON”T TOUCH MY TRAP!”  that last part is screamed as loud as his voice goes.


I think this is Batman’s illustration…….  This is a spaceguy and his pets.


Superman says this is a star and a space guy and all of his pets, and there’s a monster eating them.


Batman found some embroidery thread and proceeded to destroy it  I gave Batman some embroidery thread and he practiced his cutting skills on it until it was a pile of little bitty scraps.  He then declared this was a nest and it was their home.


Superman found my paper coins and started gluing them down on everything.


And finally my personal favorite.  Princess was hard at work on this gluing away for quite a while……


Notice the stickers on her shirt.  Are you still waiting to see her fabulous masterpiece?


It took most of a glue stick to produce this.  And a very long time to make it.  Why?  Because it takes a long time to satisfactorily create a total glue stick creation.

To see more fun creations from kids click on either of the icons at the top of my post.  Both of these ladies sponsor some great linkies about kids creating stuff.