The Chirping Moms

January 24, 2015

Valentine's Day Card Making Party {With Printables}


Last week, we had a fun afternoon playdate in preparation for Valentine's Day. Since we have a few weeks before Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to spend the afternoon making Valentine cards that the kids could take home with them for family and friends. Before the kids arrived, I set up a few little tables of supplies: markers, stickers, foam hearts, doilies, heart shapes, glue, scissors and lots of pre folded red, pink and white cards.

I also labeled paper bags with the kids' names, so they'd have somewhere to put the cards as they finished them. Then, after they made tons of cards, they spent the rest of the afternoon running around the house, eating pizza and then cupcakes for dessert. It was a lot of fun and got us all excited for Valentine's Day.

One other project we did during the party, was to create these "Reasons I Am Loved" books. 

I created and printed these pages ahead of time:


Click here to download & print or Right click on the image to open it in a new window.  You can save it or print from there.  Make sure to scale it to size when printing!

Then made these as the book covers:
Click here to download & print or Right click on the image to open it in a new window.  You can save it or print from there.  Make sure to scale it to size when printing!


We took time asking our kids to list something they loved about each of the other children at the party. It was really cute to hear their answers. Then I put together a book for each child of the pages that were written about them. I stapled on the cover and now each child has a sweet little reminder of reasons their friends love them. This would be a lot of fun for kids who can read and write on their own. We had to ask each of the kids to answer and it took a while to write them all/ keep their attention. This would be great to do at school. Then, all the kids would have a book with nice messages from classmates. For more fun Valentine's Day ideas, be sure to visit our Seasonal tab above and follow our Valentine Pinterest board

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January 23, 2015

"Be A Lovebug" Printable Valentine Punch Card

Love & Kindness Printable Punch Card for Kids || The Chirping Moms

I want my kids to be love bugs.  I know, it sounds crazy, but I want them to spread love in their everyday life.  So with Valentine's Day around the corner, I decided to create a fun printable to encourage my kids to share the love with my Be A Lovebug punch cards.

Love & Kindness Printable Punch Card for Kids || The Chirping Moms
Print out the "Be A  Lovebug" printable punch card here:

Love & Kindness Printable Punch Card for Kids || The Chirping Moms

Click here to download & print or Right click on the image to open it in a new window.  You can save it or print from there.  Make sure to scale it to size when printing!

 All they have to do to get a punch is do a good deed, aka share their love.  If you see it, give them a punch.  


Love & Kindness Printable Punch Card for Kids || The Chirping Moms

You can really do this however you want.  You could give them a reward for filling up a few punch cards or just celebrate the fact that you are a family of love bugs.  The main purpose is to visually encourage & motivate your kids to be little love bugs this Valentine season.  Below I have included several ideas on how kids can spread the love this Valentine season.

20 Ideas to Spread Love & Kindness this Valentine Season

1.  Make love notes for someone you love.
2.  Say "hello" to someone new.
3.  Do a surprise chore.
4. Give a small gift to someone (stickers, candy, etc.)
5.  Draw a picture for a friend
5.  Help your siblings.
6.  Take a special treat to your neighbors.
7.  Leave a little surprise for a stranger, something as simple as a little poem or drawing.
8.  Read a book to someone.
9.  Smile at an extra person today.
10.  Give someone an extra hug.
11.  Eat lunch with someone new today.  
12.  Donate toys or books to someone that needs them.
13.  Take a flower to someone.
14.  Pick up litter.
15.  Give a compliment.
16.  Share a snack with someone.
17.  Open a door for someone else.
18.   Mail a hug to someone.
19.  Give a Valentine treat to a friend.
20.  Put out birdseed for the birds.

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Friday Favorites: Classroom Valentines

Whether you like to make your own class Valentine's or order them ready to go, we've got you covered! Earlier this week, we shared 3 easy ideas for kid's Valentine's Day cards. They all included an idea for a small non candy treat. They also all come with a free printable you can download to make your own Valentines. Here's one we shared:


Click here, to see all three and download the printables. If you're looking for a printable card to go with candy, check out last year's "bear-y sweet" card that goes with gummy bears! I made the Valentine trail mix above for a small Valentine's Day play date I had, but needed something a little easier for Maggie and Alex's classes. Combined there are 42 kids and teachers - that's a lot of Valentines! 

I found the cutest classroom Valentine's Day cards at Minted. They are small, can be personalized and you can even order them in fun shapes. They start at $14 for 15 cards and they've had some great coupon codes lately, to make the price even lower. 
The girls sat down with me and picked out what they'd like to pass out to their classmates this Valentine's Day. Maggie loves cats and kittens, so this Valentine was "puurfect" for her:
Alex loves mac & cheese. It's her favorite meal, and goes bonkers every time I saw that's what we're having or if we are at a restaurant that serves it. She cracked up when she saw that Minted had a "Mac and Cheese" Valentine. She thought it was even better when we changed the background color from white to pink:
What I like about the Minted classroom Valentines, is that even though they are easy and pre made, there are still lots of fun choices to make them personal. It's also a huge plus that you can add the child's name right on it! 

Here are the cute Minted Valentine's Day cards Julie's boys picked out:

There are other fun options like foil press and adding your child's picture onto the card. Here are a few more of their fun classroom Valentines: 
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We were not compensated for this post. We were given credit to try out some Valentine's. As always, all opinions are our own. 

January 22, 2015

35 Valentine Crafts & Activities for Kids

It's that time of year again: time to pull out all the pink and red arts & crafts supplies for some Valentine's Day fun. We've got a list of 35 crafts and activities for kids. This should keep everyone busy from now until February 14th! The first 10 are brand new to the blog this year and the rest of the list links right to some of our past favorites. Happy heart making! 
1. Pom Pom Heart Wreath 
Supplies: Card stock, pink, red & white pom poms and glue
Directions: Cut a large heart out of card stock. Cut a smaller heart out of the center. Have the child dip pom poms in glue and then stick to the heart wreath. I usually put a puddle of glue in the middle of a paper plate. Then, it's easy for them to dip the pom poms and also easy for clean up. 


2. Silly Heart Hats 
Supplies: Red paper plate (or a white paper plate and have the child color it red), stickers and scissors
Directions: Fold the paper plate in half. Cut a heart shape out of the center, but stop cutting at the bottom of the heart, so the heart doesn't detach from the plate (see picture above). Cut extra space around the heart depending on the size of your child's head. Have the child decorate the heart with stickers. Push the heart up and place on their head for a silly Valentine hat! 

3. Heart Photo Wreath 
Supplies: Heart hole puncher, photos, glue and card stock or paper in Valentine colors
Directions: Use the heart puncher on the photos to make heart shaped pictures. Punch hearts out of the different colored paper. Use a large sheet of card stock to cut out a heart. Cut a smaller heart out of the center (to make the wreath shape). Glue all of the smaller hearts onto the wreath. 


4. Tissue Paper Heart 
Supplies: Pink or red paper, pink and red tissue paper, scissors and glue
Directions: Cut little squares out of tissue paper. Since it's easy to cut through tissue paper, you can also let the kids cut out pieces with child safe scissors. Cut a large heart out of paper and cut a smaller heart out of the center. Cover the large heart in glue. Next have the child pinch little pieces of tissue paper and stick them onto the heart. 


Valentine Craft for Kids || The Chirping Moms

5.  Valentine Plate
Supplies:
Directions:
1.  Draw design onto plate.  My older son did his by himself (on the right).  I helped my younger son with his.  I traced his hands, he colored, & I added o"fish"ally awesome quote.  (I would have child wear smock or be aware that the Sharpie paint will not come out of clothes!)
2.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
(I would recommend hand-washing as I have never tried my own design in the dishwasher!)
Valentine Craft for Kids || The Chirping MomsValentine Craft for Kids || The Chirping Moms

Valentine Craft for Kids || The Chirping Moms

6.  "Eyes" Will Always Love You Valentine Card
This is a super easy craft to do with any age, including toddlers.  Fold paper in half & write "Eyes" Will Always Love You.  Have child glue wiggle eyes onto the paper & decorate the inside of the card.

Valentine Craft for Kids || The Chirping Moms

7.  Marble Painting Heart Banner
This is a fun craft to do.  It may sound complicated, but it's not!  (I tired to visually give directions in the picture below).  In the bottom of a box, tape card stock hearts.  I got a 12 pack at the craft store for $1.  Fill a muffin tin with different colored paints.  Throw a marble in each color of paint.  Coat in paint.  Place in box.  Close or tape the lid.  Have child shake the box back and forth.  Open and the hearts will have a marble effect.  Take out of box and let dry.  Punch two holes in each heart.  String onto ribbon and hang!

Valentine Craft for Kids || The Chirping Moms

Valentine Craft for Kids || The Chirping Moms

8.  Footprint & Handprint Heart
Another fun craft for any age.  Have child make handprints or footprints in the shape of a heart on a big piece of paper.  Cute to hang on wall or give to family member!

Valentine Craft for Kids || The Chirping Moms

9.  Conversation Heart Stamping
On a piece of paper, we taped a card stock heart in the middle.  Then, instead of paintbrushes, we used conversation hearts to paint.  We went around the edge of the heart to make the heart design & then stamped around the edges to give a fun painting!  You could really do anything you want as long with candy as your paintbrush!

10.  Valentine's Day Science Experiment: Exploding Heart 
11. Ladybug Love Bug 
  12. Heart in Hand
13. Button Heart Valentines
14. Painted Hearts With Paper Towel Rolls 
15. Valentine's Day Chocolate Making
16. Beary-Cute Gummy Bear Valentine 
17. Mail A Hug
18. Make Your Own Valentine Play Dough
19. Shrinky Dink Valentine Charms 
20. Conversation Heart Frame 
21. Cupcake Heart Banner 
22. DIY Valentine Scratch Offs 
23. Bee Mine Bumble Bee
24. Potato Heart Stamp Wreath
25. A Love-ly Caterpillar 
26. Fluttering Hearts Butterfly 
27. DIY Heart Antenna Headband 
28. Valentine Heart Man
29. Handprint Hearts 
30. Heart Reflection Valentines 
31. Pasta Hearts 
32. Block Handprints 
33. Pipe Cleaner Valentine Heart Chain
34. Tracing Hearts 
35. Heart Cookie Cutter Stamping
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Valentine's Day Science Experiment: Erupting Hearts

Here's a fun Valentine's Day science experiment for kids of all ages. It's easy and requires very few supplies. I did something similar with Maggie's preschool class for Halloween (exploding ghosts)and all the kids loved it. I realized you can make a heart shape out of a styrofoam cup with just 2 pieces of tape. Then, by adding food dye, baking soda and vinegar, we had a fun Valentine's Day science experiment. Details and a video below! 

Supplies: Styrofoam cup, tape, red food coloring, baking soda & vinegar
Directions: Prepare the cups by forming them into hearts. Bend and fold the top of the styrofoam cup and use the tape to hold it in place. Place a drop or two of food coloring into the cup.
 It's fun to put different amounts of food coloring into different cups to get different shades of red and pink when they all start to fizz! Put about a table spoon of baking soda in the cup. 
Then, have the children pour about 1/2 cup of vinegar into the cup. Watch as the heart shaped cup starts fizzing red and pink. My girls like to do a countdown to the heart erupting each time: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 "go"! 
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January 21, 2015

Three Easy Valentine Ideas for Kids (& Free Printables)

For more Valentine inspiration,  please follow our Pinterest boards for our latest pins or visit our Seasonal tab for all of our Valentine related posts!  Don't forget to enter our BIG Valentine giveaway that ends 1/26/15!

We wanted to share three easy Valentine ideas for kids.  All three are non-candy related & fun treats for kids to share with their friends.  For each idea, we have made a free printable Valentine that you can print out yourself on card stock and attach to the item.

1.  Bubbles
Easy Valentine's Day Bubble Favors + Printable || The Chirping Moms

My oldest son picked bubbles for his Valentine gift this year.  We picked up these cute mini bubbles at Target where you can buy a whole bunch in a pack for not a lot of money!  I made the printable below to attach to the bubbles with ribbon.  Just print on card stock and tie on!

Easy Valentine's Day Bubble Favors + Printable || The Chirping Moms
Click here to download & print or Right click on the image to open it in a new window.  You can save it or print from there.  Make sure to scale it to size when printing!

2.  Crazy Straws
Easy Valentine's Day Straw Favors + Printable || The Chirping Moms

My other son picked crazy straws for his Valentine gift for his preschool class.  He loves straws so he was so excited to find a package of crazy straws while we were at Target, just enough for his preschool class.  I made the printable below.  Just print on card stock.  I cut a small slit on the top and bottom to thread the straw through, making it easy to attach the valentine!

Easy Valentine's Day Straw Favors + Printable || The Chirping Moms
Click here to download & print or Right click on the image to open it in a new window.  You can save it or print from there.  Make sure to scale it to size when printing!

3.  Valentine Trail Mix
Easy Valentine's Day Trail Mix + Printable || The Chirping Moms
Courtney made this cute trail mix with her girls.  In the trail mix, combine red M & M's, yogurt covered raisins, pink strawberry yogurt covered raisins, pretzels, & a heart shaped cereal. Print this fun little printable to attach to the snack bag.  

Easy Valentine's Day Trail Mix + Printable || The Chirping Moms

Right click on the image to open it in a new window.  You can save it or print from there.  Make sure to scale it to size when printing!  (For small snack size zip locks, print at 78%)

Other fun Valentine ideas include:

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January 20, 2015

5 Ideas for DIY Valentine Clothes & Accessories

For more Valentine inspiration,  please follow our Pinterest boards for our latest pins or visit our Seasonal tab for all of our Valentine related posts!  Don't forget to enter our BIG Valentine giveaway that ends 1/26/15!

It's fun to have some cute Valentine's clothes and accessories for babies and kids. Since Valentine's Day attire includes red, pink and hearts, they are always a hit in my house. My girls would dress for Valentine's Day each day of the year if they could. This year (like last year), I ordered some fun, inexpensive fabric appliqués from Once Upon A Design (see end of post for a special deal). Then, we went to work creating our Valentine's Day outfits. It was a lot of fun this year, because the girls liked picking out what appliqués would go where and said they were "designing" their clothes. The little purse was all Maggie's idea! 
Valentine's Day Sibling Shirts
One of my favorite pictures of Maggie and Alex is from the Valentine's Day they wore their "LO" and "VE" shirts. I wanted to come up with a set of shirts for my new trio! I got an "I", a heart and a "U" from Once Upon A Design and ironed them onto shirts we had. 
Valentine Dresses
I used pink cotton dresses I had gotten from Diapers.com (for about $10 with coupon). They are the City Threads brand and super soft. 
Valentine's Day Onesie 
This is the first Valentine's Day shirt I've made for a boy! It's a Target onesie + a fabric tie appliqué. 

Mini Valentine Purse 
Maggie and Alex each made their own Valentine bag. They also made one for their friend. I let them pick out which appliqués they liked and I ironed them on. Last the girls picked out ribbon and I tied bows and glued them onto the bags. I found a pack of 5 mini totes on Amazon. I thought these little bags would be perfect for storing some of their favorite Valentine cards! 

Heart Shaped Valentine Hair Clip 
Here's an easy way to make your own Valentine hair accessory:
Supplies: alligator clip or barrette, pink ribbon, hot glue and scissors.
Directions: Cover the clip with ribbon (optional). You can also but alligator clips at the craft store that are already covered in ribbon or leave the clip plain. To make the heart, cut a piece of ribbon that's about 8inches. Cut a second piece of ribbon that is about 1 to 2 inches. Fold the longer piece of ribbon in half. Wrap the smaller piece of ribbon around the fold and glue (you are using the smaller piece to keep the larger piece in half). Now use the two pieces of ribbon to form a heart. Glue to hold in a heart form. Last, glue the ribbon heart onto the clip. 
All of the fabric appliqués used in the post are from the Etsy shop, Once Upon A Design. I've been buying appliqués from this shop for about 5 years now, and I've always been so impressed with what I receive.  Right now, Once Upon A Design is offering FREE shipping for our readers. Just send her a message saying your from The Chirping Moms and she'll ship for free. What's great with the appliqués, is you can use a shirt or dress you already have and make a fun holiday shirt for about $3!
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