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#CutestValentinesEver - #HappyHearts to you

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Balloons and Valentines gift bags
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Boy!  What a success!!  These turned out cuter than I could of ever imagined...they really were not that much work and the #Valentine card gift bag was not that much money to put together.  I found a deal on the balloons at a dollar a piece and the craft cards were only about a dollar each with a couple of pieces of candy what a hit and definitely the #CutestValentinesEver   What we learned:  following directions, practicing handwriting, trial and error-what worked best where, creativity, uniqueness-just like everyone looks different so did our hand puppets, teamwork, using glue, counting, sorting and filling with our bags and treats.  What we shared:  using our imaginations, our ideas, creating happiness and joy, a fun-filled couple of hours. 
 
What we used:
craft sticks
glue
markers
heart shaped paper (foam, stickies or construction paper will do) pink, red or white
pom pom balls
googlie eyes
decorative valentines day bags
couple pieces of candy to fill
heart shaped balloons
 
Enjoy making your #Valentines, whether homemade or conventional, just take the time to do it!  It will bring excitement and joy to your child and create memories for you both, that you will cherish forever. 
May love, happiness and joy fill your day this #Valentines.  #HappyHearts to you!  Dyan

Valentines Day Mailbox and Puppet House

Make this wonderful Valentines Day craft from a box you have around the house.  Reuse and recycle!  Enjoy making this with your kids this year!  We love it and still put ours out every year.  All of my best, Dyan 
Valentines Day House/Mailbox
Valentines Day House/Mailbox
This Valentines Day House/Mailbox turned out better than I thought! We had a lot of fun putting it together and it was a craft well worth doing. Now we have a place to put all of my daughters Valentines. She was also inspired to use it as a puppet house for her new puppets she received for Valentines Day.
Back of the House/Mailbox
This was a multi-purpose craft and we will definitely keep it for next year.
Back of the House/Mailbox
Side View-we decorated the whole house...what fun!
Side View-we decorated the whole house...what fun!
What we learned: A lot with this one...patterns, sorting, counting/numbers, colors, stacking, creativity, design, imagination in creating the perfect house, lines and using straight lines to create a fence, shapes in creating windows, doors, trees and butterflies, practiced handwriting, cutting with scissors and creative thinking in a multi purpose house (puppet, play and Valentine card holder).
Top view of our Happy Valentines House.
What we shared: laughs, happiness, time together, working as a team, creativity and how to express it, crafting to brighten our home, fun and learning.
Top view of our Happy Valentines House.
Keep the imagination going...kids have great ideas too! My daughters Valentines puppet theater.
Keep the imagination going...kids have great ideas too! My daughters Valentines puppet theater.
What we used to create our craft: box-any size construction paper-red,white,pink glue tape scissors-always help your child and use safety rules stickers-regular and foam markers craft stick,gogglie eyes for person

Valentine mailbox craft - Happy Valentines House

The Valentines Day house turned out better than I thought!  We had a lot of fun putting it together and it was a craft well worth doing.  Now we have a place to put all of my daughters Valentines.  She was also inspired to use it as a puppet house for her new puppets she received for Valentines Day.  This was a multi-purpose craft and we will definitely keep it for next year.  What we learned:  A lot with this one...patterns, sorting, counting/numbers, colors, stacking, creativity, design, imagination in creating the perfect house, lines and using straight lines to create a fence, shapes in creating windows, doors, trees and butterflies, practiced handwriting, cutting with scissors and creative thinking in a multi purpose house (puppet, play and Valentine card holder).  What we shared:  laughs, happiness, time together, working as a team, creativity and how to express it, crafting to brighten our home, fun and learning.
 
What we used to create our craft:
box-any size
construction paper-red,white,pink
glue
tape
scissors-always help your child and use safety rules
stickers-regular and foam
markers
craft stick,gogglie eyes for person
 

Listen to your kids they have good ideas too

The other day, my daughter said to me, "Mom, let's make a Valentines Day house."  At first I thought to myself, a Valentines Day house???  I don't know about that. I then realized, that she has good ideas too and I need to take the time to listen to them. Why not a Valentines day house.  It's happy with happy colors, sure, "I said, Let's do it."  The more I thought about it the better idea I thought it was.  Sometimes as moms we can lead our kids to do the things that we want to do, the crafts or the ideas.   Well, I am realizing that at some point you have to let your kids take the lead and listen because  they have good ideas too!  The other thing was, the last craft we did in our house before moving out was our Halloween haunted house.  I realized this would be a dual purpose for us.  Even though I am pressed for time this week, we have started the Happy Valentines Day house.  Tomorrow morning we will put the finishing decorations on our house and then use it as a Valentines card holder.  What we learned:  Creating new memories will bring comfort to us.  What I learned:  letting your child come up with their own ideas will bring them confidence, creativity, excitement and joy. To sit back and let my daughter take the lead will be good for both of us. What we shared:  quality time, laughs, love and new traditions. 
Enjoy your memory making and next time let your kid take the lead. 
Happy Valentines Day week!  Dyan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Valentines for school an unique idea

Valentines Day is right around the corner, so, my daughter and I put on our thinking caps for her school Valentines. We don't like to do the run of the mill Valentines with a store bought card and some candy, (even though, this year I was very tempted because of all the uncertainty in our lives the last few months and the unsettled living we have been experiencing).  So, we thought we would do the dollar section toys and grab bags filled with odd and end Valentines day gadgets and such in a pretty bag.  I then talked to one of my friends and she told me that is what she was doing this year, because her daughter hasn't done anything like that before.  I thought...now what??  A couple of days later, I overheard an advertisement on the TV for heart shaped balloons on sale.  Prefect!  So, that is what we are doing...heart shaped balloons (I checked with her teacher first to make sure it was ok, do this too if using this idea), with heart shaped balloon holders (which I had to do a bit of searching for, but turned out better than the usual balloon clip holder), a couple pieces of Valentines day candy (because what is Valentines day without a piece of candy or two) and our hand made Valentine puppets (which we got the idea for the craft from our favorite monthly magazine).  I do not have a picture for you of the finished project, but will after I get the balloons.  Did you know there is a helium shortage?  Crazy right?  Well, there is, so get those orders in to make sure you get those holiday balloons filled.  We are looking forward to making our puppets, filling the bags and picking up the balloons.  I had to be a bit more creative this year, but it worked for me and will work for you!  We also will be doing another Valentines day craft, which we will post in the next day or so...time permitting.  With our recent move back home, I am a bit behind on everything...but I remember - to take a deep breath and know it will all get done.  And the extra craft time?  I make time to take time and it is well worth it!!  What we learned:  if we put our thinking caps on - we can always come up with a unique idea, how to problem solve, don't get discouraged if you find someone is doing what you were thinking of doing and being creative is fun!  What we shared: fun, quality time, make the time to take the time to put a smile on each others faces and new ideas can be better than old ones.
 
Happy Pre-Valentines day to you.  May you spend some quality time with a loved one this week.  Dyan
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