February 04, 2010

Valentines Day Kids Craft

First a good joke I heard:
A woman woke up and told her husband, "I just dreamed you gave me a diamond necklace for Valentine's Day, what do you thin it means?" "You'll know tonight," he said. That evening the husband came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it--to find a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams.”

Don't we all love Valentine's Day! :) I know it is technically a 'lovers' holiday, but I am really a holiday person, I like to celebrate all the holidays, and make them special for my children as well. So every year, I look for fun things I can make and do with the kiddos.

Kids crafts:
I love doing fun kids crafts for the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, ect. ect. Here are some cute, easy, cheap, simple ideas that you probably already have everything for:
Children's Handprint Bouquet
(to see step by step directions and pictures, go to "Artists helping Children".

*I think the lilies are so cute, but I did this for my mom once with my kid's handprints on all different colored paper, and put them in a vase.


The Valentine's Day Scroll
Got this idea from "All Free Crafts". I think it is so cute. The directions are to first put the painted handprints on canvas or construction paper, then paint on simple leaves and stems, then have the child write a message. Sponge gold paint around the edge of the paper, dry, then roll it up and tie ribbon around it like a scroll.

Cream Filled Strawberries from Cafe Johnsonia
Don't these look so delicious and yet simple - something you could do easily with your children.
2-16 (more or less depending on the size) large strawberries
4 oz. cold heavy cream
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2-4 Tbsp. confectioner's sugar (make is as sweet as you like)
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
a little vanilla extract

Beat the cream cheese and confectioner's sugar with an electric mixer. Add the heavy cream. Continue beating until the mixture thickens. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Place in the fridge for several hours, or overnight.

Cut an "X" into the bottom of each strawberry.

Fit a pastry bag with a star tip and fill it with the cream. Carefully pipe the cream into the center of each strawberry, allowing some of it overflow from the cuts you made on the strawberry.

Serve immediately, or cover with plastic film/wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
*if you want REALLY simple and quick., you could always, just 'X' cut the strawberries and spray whipped cream inside.

Valentine Cookie Pops
This was taken from Pillsbury; however, my favorite sugar cookies are the powdered Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix. These stay soft and every time I make them, I always get compliments, so I would make them with that mix, rather than the Pillsbury refrigerated dough. Then place cookie dough pieces 2 inches apart. Into side of each piece of dough, insert wooden stick 1 inch, overlapping wooden sticks as necessary. Bake according to package directions. Cool completely. Spread with frosting and decorate with candies Tie 18 inches of red ribbon into bow around each stick next to the cookie.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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