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Thrive & Dime: Valentine Crafts for Kids

by Megan Beisel

This month I have a cute little craft for you inspired by a sweet book that we recently borrowed from the library; Love Monster and The Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright. It is a fun craft that can easily be used as a valentine for a special someone.

Love Monsters

Supplies:

  • Pom Poms in a variety of colors (we picked ours up at Target and they were the perfect Valentine colors)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Cardstock in a variety of colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue (we had the best luck with hot glue)

For this craft, my boys took on the task of designing the monsters and I handled the assembly since we were using hot glue. To design simply select a pom pom, eyes and cardstock. Cut a small heart out of the cardstock and then hot glue the pom pom on the back of the cardstock so that the sides of the heart look like little feet. If you have too much cardstock you can trim the back so that you do not see cardstock behind the pom pom. Then hot glue the eyes to the pom pom. My boys enjoyed deciding on how many eyes to add and what sizes to make them.

In the book the Love Monster has to decide is he is going to share a box of chocolates, so we thought it was fun to pair the love monster with a $1 box of chocolates, but they would be a sweet attached to any Valentine!

Other Fun Valentine’s Day Activities:

Have a heart-themed meal; heart-shaped pancakes, sandwiches or pizza. Add berries and other red foods as well.

Go old school and make homemade valentines using construction paper, markers and stickers to deliver or mail to friends and family.

Make a list of 14 things that you love about your family or each person in the family.

Make homemade “chocolate” play dough for a fun valentine’s theme sensory activity

Has a family work together to perform 14 “Acts of Love” or service—hold a door open, pick up someone else’s mess, etc. Add a heart with each act to collage or fridge.

More Valentine Books to Check Out:

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell

Love Is by Diane Adams

The Biggest Kiss by Joann Walsh

This is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins

You Make Me Happy by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

About the writer: Formerly a school counselor, Megan now spends her days playing trucks, reading dinosaur books, dispensing snacks and adventuring with her three little men; ages 5, 2 and 6 months. 

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