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Topic: age appropriate valentines crafts for a 7 and 9 year old?  (Read 1619 times)
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burstandbloom
« on: February 08, 2007 10:24:22 AM »

as the title suggest, i'm looking for some age appropriate crafts to do with the girls i babysit. the monday before v-day, i'm gonna bring stuff to make cookies and they can decorate them for all their friends...but i thought i might bring something more crafty too...like maybe that they could make for their BEST friends...or for their parents or something.

any ideas would be great! thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007 01:52:45 PM »

bracelets or neclaces with red and pink or heart beads would be fun. Either using the elasticy strings for bracelets or just string for necklaces.
P.S- What a great babysitter you are, this is very sweet to do with them.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007 03:56:38 PM »

bracelets or neclaces with red and pink or heart beads would be fun. Either using the elasticy strings for bracelets or just string for necklaces.
P.S- What a great babysitter you are, this is very sweet to do with them.

haha thanks...it's hard to get them involved with crafting though! when i was little, all i ever wanted to do was arts and crafts, but these girls would much rather play outside or something than make things! Sad but they did like the cookie idea...haha.

the beads sound like a really cute idea! i remember when i was little, my friends and i always exchanged jewelry we made. and i know i could get a whole bunch for cheap too...so that's cool. thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2007 12:14:23 AM »

i work at a school daycare thing so i have about 56 kids to come up with ideas for.lol but anyways, they all seem to like to do fusebeads.
and they can make like heart shaped ones for v-day and then attach little tags with string that say happy valentines or something. You can buy fusebead kits in the kids section of joannes and probably at walmart too and for only about $9.

here is a link in case you dont know what fusebeads are...
http://www.joann.com/search/search_results.jhtml;$sessionid$UWKE1YAAAAAOAP4SY5LRHOR50LD3UEPO?CATID=3&keywords=fuse+beads&_requestid=363

oh and you will need an iron.
hope this helps =]
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2007 06:35:45 AM »

I remeber fusebeads!!!!
we use to hot glue magnets on the back or make pins out of them!
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2007 06:49:56 AM »

I don't like cards much for other holidays or even birthdays, but for me, Valentines Day is all about cards.

Kids like to cut, paste and design with paper.  You can show them how to cut out a perfect heart (using the fold-the-paper-in-half-technique)   then they can use those bits and pieces for their designs.  You can get doilies too and they can cut these up for lacy details. 

Oh and fused beads totally rock.  They are also called perler beads.

Shrinky dinks are totally full of awesomeness.  You can use the frosted sandy type and let the kids color them with colored pencils or Sharpies, if you have those.  Use a hole punch and make them into little charms.  Here is a link to a cute bracelet you can make with kids:  http://stampstars.blogspot.com/2007/01/very-crafty-birthday-bash.html
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2007 09:39:07 AM »

oh my gosh i LOVED fusebeads when i was little..how could i have forgotten about those?! wow. thanks for the reminder!

and to iamsusie....i was definitely already planning on bringing paper and stuff for cards...cuz i know you're right...kids love that stuff. anything that makes a mess. lol.

i don't really know what shrinkydinks are. i mean...i've seen them on here and stuff...but i dont know where you buy the stuff for it or whatever...

and those bracelets are so cute...i'm so glad i still have my gigantic lisa frank bead assortment in my bead stash. haha. i knew i'd need those beads again one day!
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2007 10:02:19 AM »

Shrinky dinks are available at all the big craft retailers like Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  I suppose they have them at AC Moore, but we don't have them here. 
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2007 10:20:02 AM »

For the large groups, It's fun to do cards AND mailboxes. When I was in elementary school, we always made mailboxes or big envelopes every year to hold the cards (modeled after the teacher's). They made us make a card for every classmate so no one was left out.

For small groups, polymer clay would be good too. You could make beads, and some of those little hearts that separate and have a loop on each half and say "best" and "friend."
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2007 02:29:06 PM »

Once I had my little group of baby-sitees make a bouquet of paper flowers for their mom.  Cut out a bunch of hearts and poke a hole in the bottom of each one and then  thread them onto a pipe cleaner.  Each heart is then petals and you can use some green paper for leaves.  I think we jazzed them up with heart beads in the center and TONS of glitter.  It was a fun little project, inexpensive but didn't take so long that their little attention spans couldn't handle it.  Afterwards the kids got the idea to hide each one around the living room and make thier poor mom hunt around for them - but they all really enjoyed it!!!
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