Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine Festivities

These heart shaped bean bags sure got well used this past week. They are made out of felt, I was able to make 2 hearts from one piece of felt, the kids stuffed them with beans and I sewed them up, we made 12 bean bags in all. We played a game where you throw them into a can and whomever gets the most in the can wins. Then we made a big tic-tac-toe board out of poster board and played tic-tac-toe. Maya used them for math questions ie. 2 pink plus 5 red equals? The the kids also came up with their own games such as bombs and grenades, the rules were basically the same as dodge ball.

I made rice crispie treats and formed them to look like giant Hershey Kisses. I cut a piece of parchment paper into long skinny strips and wrote a personalized note on each one. Michael and I hid them for the kids and played hot/cold until they found their kisses.

For some friends we made heart shaped sugar cookies.

The kids decorated the cookies for our family.

Since Reece is homeschooling this year, he isn't able to exchange Valentine cards with class members. We decided to make Valentines for his close friends, this was probably our favorite activity this Valentines.

We started with our "crayon graveyard" seen on the left.
The kids peeled the paper off of the crayons and I cut them into small pieces.

I found some heart shaped ice cube trays for $2.5o at Target. The kids filled the hearts with different colored crayon pieces.
The molds were made out of silicone, so I figured they could probably go in the oven. I gave it a test run and it worked. We baked the crayons for about 15 mins at 250 degrees. The crayons melted and formed a heart shaped colorful crayon.

The finished product.


m. said...

you are such a good mom.

Jennifer said...

I agree, you are such a good mom. You did all the things I had hoped to do, and more.

I hope you're feeling well.

Kim said...

You are most def super mom. What fun!

Stephanie said...

tomorrow will you make up a blog post about how you did nothing and didn't shower and your house is a mess and your kids watched tv all day and had cookies for every meal?


marisa said...

Stephanie, seriously for 2 weeks I didn't get out of bed I was so sick. I felt terrible for my kids and I think I was trying to make up for 2 weeks of neglect. But, just for you, I will stay in my jammies all day and eat chocolates and let the kids run around in their undies today.

Syphus Family said...

You are such a great mom. I saw that idea in family fun and wanted to try it. Looks like fun!

Holly | Reed Photographic said...

What a great craft.

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