Remember my amazing friend Kerri, the Mom-of-the-Year candidate? She passed on some fabulous ideas for kids Valentines and Valentine party games, snacks, and crafts for me to share with you. I'm sorry I couldn't get them posted sooner--baby and I are sicky and getting less done than usual after literally being up all night. Even without that, why is it so hard to sit down at the computer for 5 minutes with a newborn? Anyway, if you can't use these this year, for sure Pin It for next Valentine's day!
Kids Valentine Party Games
1. Simple sewn candy hearts for the bean bag math toss.
Spin the Bottle
*Stuff 4 marshmallows in your mouth and say “Happy Valentine’s Day” 3 times!
*Turn to your neighbor and say “ I love you, but I just can’t smile” without smiling!
*Balance an M&M on your nose for 5 seconds…good luck and don’t sneeze!
*Make your funniest face to the person across from you.
*Try and move a valentines candy from your chin to your mouth…then eat it!
Hot/Cold Packs Craft
They are all pre-sewn we'll fill them with a funnel and then they will get to try their hand at sewing (it's only about an inch). Then we'll put them in a little bag with this note attached:
2 1/2 c. pretzels 1/2 c. almonds
2 tab. brown sugar
1 Tab butter or margarine
1 Tab. Honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 6 oz. package dried tart cherries or cranberries (1 1/2 cups)
2. In a small Sauce pan combine the brown sugar, butter and honey. Cook over med. heat until butter is melted and mixture is combined. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
3. Pour warm mixture over pretzel mixture. Stir until ingredients are sell coated. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 min. or until mixture is golden brown, stirring once. Stir in Craisins or dried cherries, then let cool on a wire rack. Can be stored in an airtight container in fridge or freezer up to 1 week! Makes about 12( 1/3) cup servings
Fun Teach Valentine Treat
*1 box cake mix
*1/2 c. oil
Mix all ingredients, then roll out and use heart cookie cutter to cut pairs of hearts. Bake @ 350 for 8-9 minutes. Fill with cream cheese frosting and package in a cellophane bag.
4. Bird feeder for friend Valentines.
3/4 cup flour
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed (I used wheat from my food storage)
molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
1: Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
2: Add the birdseed to the mixture, stir until well coated.
3: Spray your mold(s) with cooking spray, and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack it down, and make the top smooth.
Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through.
4: Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours. Then, remove the straws and lay out a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold, and place them on the wax paper upside down. Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight.
5: Cut your ribbon and carefully put it through the hole.
6: Package them up!
paper flowers and Styrofoam ball. I used a vase I had around the house, filled it with treats and put the kissing ball on top. So cute for a centerpiece for a party or just general decor around the house!
Isn't Kerri out-of-control amazing? I think she needs to start her own blog! ;) Happy Valentine's day!
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