First, give each child a large paper plate and a pair of scissors. Instruct the kids to cut the center of the paper plate out (there should be a natural indent that they can follow). You will now have the frame for the wreath.
It won’t be long before Valentine’s Day arrives, so my daughters and I are preparing with a few fun crafts. This week we are going to make a Valentine’s Day locket. The craft is very inexpensive, and a great way to recycle old bottle caps. As a parent or teacher, you may even want to work in a lesson on the importance of reusing items when possible.
Take two bottle caps for each child that will be creating their own Valentine’s Day locket, and place them on a sheet of newspaper. You should do this outside if possible. Give each bottle cap a coating of pink spray paint. Set them aside until they have dried completely.
Professional colored markers are available as singles or in boxed sets. You’ll find many of them grouped according to style or within a certain color range.
I remember the days in grammar school when every student brought in a Valentine card for every other student. Handing them out created a bit of chaos in the classroom. Now that my daughter is grammar school age, the teachers utilize a nifty mailbox craft to keep everything organized.
There are several ways that the students can make their own mailbox, but I’m going to just focus on two of them-the shoebox method and the cereal box method.
I'm lucky enough to have a studio with a dedicated closet, but even that's not enough to keep all those small items, including brushes, pens, pencil leads, and other items easy to find. That requires my multi-drawer treasure chest. It's small, yet can pack in a load of stuff. It doesn't require much space, either.
You may have already spent a fortune on tools and it's just as easy to spend gobs of cash for organizers. Head straight to a hobby and art store and you'll find the latest in boxes, baskets, and totes.
However, there are a few ways to save money while still keeping all your gear in one easily accessible place.
My daughter doesn’t have a big class, so creating homemade cards for each of the other eight students on Valentine’s Day is doable. It not only saves us money from having to purchase store-bought Valentine’s Day cards, but it also ensures that my daughter’s cards will be unique.
Start off allowing your child to choose a sheet of construction paper in the color of her choice. For Valentine’s Day, however, you may want to stick to shades of red and pink. I have my daughter cut each sheet in half so that one piece of paper makes two cards. That means she needs four sheets total to create cards for her class.
Fold each of the half sheets to form a card. You can make the card open on the side, or from bottom to top just by the way you position the card in front of you. Now it’s time to decorate the outside of the card with the words “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Your child can also place the name of the student who will be receiving the card underneath of these words. The words can be painted on, colored on, or stuck on with letter stickers.
Boxes of pasta are fairly inexpensive to purchase, and can accommodate a number of children at once when used for craft purposes. Creating macaroni necklaces is one activity I am happy to allow my daughter and her friends to participate in when they get together, since I know it won’t hurt my pocketbook.
The first thing you should do is cover your table with sheets of newspaper. This will protect the surface from the paint the kids will be using. Next, you should issue some type of smock to each child. It would be a miracle if the kids got through the entire project without getting paint on themselves, so it is just best to be prepared.