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Valentine Gift Ideas from Children

Gift Ideas for Valentines Day from Children

CANDY CONTAINERS. Children can make a candy container from empty baby food jars. To do this, cover the lid with a circle of foil or fabric and tie in place with ribbon or rickrack. Apply heart stickers to the jar and fill with candies. Have the child personalize it with glitter glue!

VALENTINE BOUQUET. Make a cone shape by rolling up a sheet of construction paper. Use tape or heart stickers to hold the shape. Line the inside top portion with a foil sheet or doily, letting the edge of the doily or foil peek over the top of the cone. Have children make heart-shaped flowers (see directions for centerpiece) using identical heart shapes and pipe cleaners. Then, they can present it to someone they love.

FLOWER VASE. Instead of making a cone-shaped bouquet holder for the flowers, have the children design their own vase. Cover an empty, clean frozen juice can with foil, fabric or paper. Trim by decorating with glitter glue or by gluing on rickrack and small fabric hearts or heart stickers, and add flowers. (This could be a pencil holder, too!)

PLANT BASKETS. Using the same directions given for making goodie baskets (above), have the child weave ribbon or rickrack through the squares in a berry basket. Instead of party treats, fill the basket with a small, inexpensive plant.

DRAWER SACHETS. Before the party, cut two heart shapes from felt for each guest. Using a child-safe needle and embroidery thread, have the children sew the hearts together, leaving a small opening on one side. Fill with potpourri or polyester fiberfill that has been sprayed with perfume. Sew the opening shut. Trim with rickrack or ribbon, if you wish.

VALENTINE MOBILE. Decorate several construction paper heart shapes, and punch a hole at the top of each one. Thread each heart onto various lengths of ribbon that have been knotted at the end. Tie the hearts onto a wire hanger that has been pulled down slightly. Hang a fancy heart from the top of the hanger so it hangs down in the center. With a piece of ribbon, tie a bow at the top. If desired, wrap ribbon around the bottom wire to hide all the knots.

VALENTINE BOOK. Children can make a valentine book by cutting and folding several sheets of paper in half. With a hole punch, make two holes in the paper close to the fold. Pull a piece of six-inch-long ribbon through each hole, tying a bow to hold the sheets of paper in place. Decorate the outside with stencils or stickers. Have children write a Valentine poem inside, draw pictures of ones they love or write down all the reasons why they love those special people in their lives.

VALENTINE CATERPILLAR. Cut out one row from an egg carton to make a valentine caterpillar. If desired, have the children paint it red or pink. Glue a heart-shaped face on the front, and poke pipe cleaners onto the head to make antennae. Dress it up with sequins, buttons, beads and pieces of lace.

VALENTINE VEST. Perhaps there's no greater gift one person can give to another than themselves. So why not have the children give themselves--as a valentine! To do this, draw and cut out two large hearts on poster board (hearts should be large enough to cover the trunk of the body). Together with the child, make up a Valentine poem and write it on one large heart. Allow the child to decorate and sign his name on the other heart. Punch holes on the top sides of each heart and thread ribbon through to attach the hearts. Slip the two hearts over the child's head so it fits like a vest. If desired, decorate the child's face with hearts using face paints or heart-shaped stickers. (This project is best done with a small group of children. For a larger group, use one heart for each child making it just big enough to cover the chest; hang around the neck.)

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