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Seaweed Art Cards
  • Materials:

    • Heart-shaped baking tin
    • Plastic bowl or container that is wider than your baking tin and about 2″ deep.
    • One cup sand
    • One-half cup water
    • Candle wick
    • Small metal washer
    • Wax
    • Candle dyes or crayons for color
    • Candle scent (optional)
    • Double boiler (Note: You can melt wax in the microwave or in a tin can in a shallow pan of water over low heat. Add color and scent after wax is melted.)
    • Newspaper
    • Scissors

    Fill bowl with sand and water. Press bottom of heart tin into wet sand.  Pull out leaving a heart shape. If the sides fall in, press tin in again and add some more water to sand. Tie wick to washer and place in center of the sand-shaped heart. Tie other end of wick onto a pencil and set on top of container. Make sure wick is taut. Pour melted wax into the heart-shaped hole in the sand. Position wick so it is in the center. Let wax harden and cool, about 45 minutes. Carefully lift heart candle from container and place on newspapers. Trim wick with scissors.

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  • "image of stationery"This is a classic I remember from childhood. Some people call them fortune tellers.

    Materials:

    • Construction paper or copy paper
    • Markers, crayons or gel pens
    • Optional: Stickers or other decorations

    Take a regular-sized piece of paper and place it vertically flat in front of you. Turn one corner down to line up with the opposite side of the paper. Tear or cut off the excess.  You  now have a perfect square. Fold one corner to the opposite corner to form a triangle. Fold again to form an even smaller triangle. Open up the paper. Take each corner and fold it into the center point so that when you are finished all four corners folded make another square. Flip entire piece over and repeat the previous procedure. You should see eight small triangles. Number each of these. Flip up the flaps and write romantic messages underneath. When you flip it over you will have four squares that act as “pockets” for your thumb and index fingers.  Number these too. Place your fingers inside and start playing. Have your child hold the Cootie Catcher and ask her Valentine to pick a number. She then opens and closes the Cootie Catcher that many times.  The Valentine child then picks an inside number and when you lift up that flap you will find your special Valentine message.

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  • Homemade Valentines are much better than the store-bought kind and these butterflies are truly unique.

    Materials:
    Red or pink construction paper
    Red string licorice
    A stick of gum
    Valentine stickers and heart shaped sequins
    Markers or crayons.

    Cut heart shapes from the construction paper and place on either side to the gum to form wings. Secure with tape or a heart-shaped sticker. Using two pieces of string licorice, fashion antennae and tape in place at the top of the stick of gum. Decorate the “face” of the butterfly with mini heart stickers or sequins. Have your child write a Valentine message and sign her name on the wings.

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  • You won’t need a special heart-shaped muffin tin to make these muffins.

    Materials:
    Your favorite muffin recipe
    Muffin tins
    Muffin or cupcake liners
    Marbles or marble-sized rolled up balls of foil.

    Line the muffin tins with the liners and prepare your favorite muffin or cupcake recipe. Fill the liners with the batters.  Place the marble or foil between the liner and the edge of the muffin tin. Bake as usual. As the muffin bakes the batter will pull away from the sides and form a heart shape.

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  • Pretzels are fun snack to make with your children. Why not fashion them into heart shapes as a healthy alternative to the traditional Valentine chocolates?

    Ingredients:
    1 cup warm water
    2 T sugar
    2 pkgs. fast acting yeast
    1 egg
    3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
    Kosher salt

    Stir the yeast, water and sugar together in a large bowl until the yeast is dissolved. Set aside for about 15 minutes or until the yeast gets foamy. This is called “proofing”. Afterward, stir in the flour a little at a time until the dough is stiff.  Remove dough from bowl and knead on a floured surface for five minutes. Shape dough into a large ball and place in a buttered bowl. Cover with a dish towel and set in a warm place to rise until it is doubled in size. Once the dough has risen, punch it down. On a lightly floured surface, roll it out into a rectangle. Cut fat strips and shape into heart shaped pretzels and place on a baking sheet. Beat the egg with a fork and brush onto the pretzels. Sprinkle on some kosher salt and bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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  • Materials:
    Pipe cleaners in variety of colors cut in 6″and 2″ lengths
    1″ and 1 1/2″ pom poms and tiny ones for noses
    Wiggly eyes
    Cardboard or paper plate for backing
    Sequins, beads or small buttons
    Glue
    Magnetic tape(available at craft stores)

    Glue pom poms to cardboard and trace around them. Cut out tracing to form a backing. Scrunch up pipe cleaners like an accordion, to forms legs and glue onto the cardboard backing at the bottom of the bug. Take two 2″ pipe cleaners, bend slightly at the top to form antennae and glue to the cardboard backing at the top of the bug. Glue on wiggly eyes and nose and decorate. Affix a magnetic strip to the back.

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