Kid Activities
1000's of Ideas for Childcare Professionals & Teachers!

Valentine Arts and Crafts

January 9, 2011 22:12 by Barbara Shelby




  ♥ Cut out heart shaped paper to have each child finish the sentence "Love is_________."
  ♥ Kids illustrate this at the top of the paper.
  ♥ Bind all of the pages into a book. Parents love reading these!



♥ Use a heart candy box bottom; cut paper to fit inside the box. OR....cut paper into the shape of a heart. Put the 'heart shaped paper' into a box
 not much bigger than the paper.

♥ Dip marbles into pink and red paint. Drop the marbles into the box and have children twist and turn the box. ---You can also do this using the traditional method of box painting. Put a small plop of paint in each corner of the box. Place something 'round (such as a marble/golf ball) and roll it around until the desired effect is achieved.

Optional: Sprinkle glitter over wet paint...pretty when complete... 



You'll need one bar of Ivory soap; 1/4 cup water; 2 drops of food coloring; and a good kitchen grater and essential oils if wanted.

  ♥ Have youth finely grate the soap into a big bowl.
  ♥ Add water. 
  ♥ Shape the soap into balls and dry overnight.
  ♥ Wrap in netting and tie up with a pretty ribbon
If you want your soaps scented, you can add a few drops of essential oil or soap scent. Most craft stores carry this. I read that you can also pack soap mixture into cookie cutters-and then dry overnight---but I've never done this.


VALENTINE 'PLAY DOUGH' PIN (These are also nice made with purchased wooden hearts!)


Store bought Play Dough
Heart shape cookie cutter
Pin backs
Hot Glue or Strong Glue
Sand Paper

This project is actually quite simple. Believe or not, the heart shape is 'plain-old store bought playdough' that has had colors mixed. (This naturally happens  as children play with it and then put it away--just make sure it's white, pink, purple,and red play dough!)
1. Roll out dough
2. Cut shapes with cookie cutter. Finished pin from 'top to bottom point' is 1 1/4 inches long. Larger cookie-cutters would make  a pin too 'heavy'.
Place shapes on wire rack to dry and harden.
3. When dry, sand any rough edges.
4. The heart may be sealed with clear nail polish or a protective coating of a clear surface finish. Repeat as necessary to achieve the level of desired gloss.
5. Glue on pin backing. (Image by

Note: A few pinches of glitter was added into the play dough for one of the pins. This part is optional.



♥ Kids will get a kick out of these silly valentines. Cut out medium sized red hearts. Write "I'm Stuck on You" on each heart.
♥ Set out band aids and have children stick a band aid on each valentine!





 Tempera paint
 Containers for water
 Tempera paint
Containers for water

1. Fold paper in half.
2. Paint half a heart on one side of the paper.
3. Close the paper and blot. (That's the 'blotto art')
4. Repeat the process if necessary (outlining the heart) until the paper is full of color.

EXTENSION IDEA: Turn the 'blotto ar't into cards! Put out a variey of supplies and challenge the children's creativity. As shown in this sample, 'R' made a 'stamp' out of a valentine eraser (see the above 'tooth pick in the heart eraser shape) and made heart designs on the cover after dipping the stamp into tempera paint.

On the inside of the card--a google-eye is glued to the upper left corner (with added eye lashes). It is followed by the 'blotto heart" and then a 'U'. (I love you!) 'R' completed the card by spraying a fine mist of  hair spray (Aqua-net)  onto the card and sprinkleded glitter. This kept the glitter on the card.

A 'glue glitter' design was added across the blotto heart. (Image by


Cut heart shapes out of card-stock or construction paper. Paint with shades of red and pink.
Sprinkle salt on the hearts while paint is still wet.
Hearts will sparkle when dry.




Make some VALENTINE YARN DOLLS! Visit the Yarn Doll page for instructions...





1. Start with a large sheet of paper or construction paper.
2. Take old magazines and the advertisements from papers. Look for anything Valentine's Day related, such as hearts, flowers, and candies.
3. Have child create a Valentine Collage with these magazine cutouts. Use markers, crayons and stickers to further decorate it.
4. Hang the finished collages for a Valentine's Day display.




Materials: Heart-shaped paper doilies or sandpaper, Scissors, White paper, Crayon

1. Cut out a heart shape from the sandpaper or use the heart-shaped doily.
2. Tape the heart to the table, with the tape on the back side of the heart.
3. Place a piece of white paper over the heart and rub a crayon (with the wrapper removed) sideways over the shape.

NOTE: KidActivities used a large doily heart. It's difficult to see in the image, but all the delicate elements showed very nicely on the rubbing. (Image by



♥ Invite children to brainstorm special things they can do for the recipient of their gift----such as-give a hug, tell a funny joke, sing a song, take out the garbage, vacuum a room, put away the dishes, etc.

♥ Write their responses on 3"X6" strips of paper. Help the children wrap the strips tightly around a pencil to create scrolls.

♥ Decorate a plain paper bag with festive Valentine craft items, drawings, stickers and glitter glue.
♥ After the bag is dry-- put the scrolls inside the bag. Fold down the top of the bag-punch two holes and thread ribbon through the holes. Tie and create a bow.
From Nov. /Dec. Scholastic Instructor-page 39



You Need: Non-menthol shaving cream, Red food coloring, Paintbrush,
White paper, Smock or old shirts.

1. Add a drop of red food coloring to a baseball-sized pile of shaving cream.
2. Mix this with a paint brush. Wear cover over clothing as the food coloring will stain clothes and hands.
3. Paint with the shaving cream on white paper.




TP tube or paper towel tube cut to desired height (Paint the tubes before decorating)
Paper heart doilies or construction paper hearts
Google eyes (for butterfly #2 )- black marker for simple version)
Pipe Cleaner
Decorations as desired

Kid Activities believes that children's projects are best when they are open-ended. For this activity a variety of supplies were put out. (Crafters had a visual sample-but were told to create their own version.) Two samples are shown here...

1. Both 'Valentine Butterflies' are similar but 'R' added a head and double wings. The wings have been cut out from the center of Valentine Doilies-however-construction paper hearts can also be used. The wings are glued over each other onto the back of the paper tube.
2. The pom-pom head sits on top of the tube and a full length 'pipe cleaner antenna' fold into the tube. (It's size and thickness holds it in place) The mouth and nose are made from  'bits' cut out of foam.
Small 'stick on' foam hearts decorate the wings.

The more simple version for a 'younger child' uses one set of wings. In place of a pom-pom head--eyes and mouth are drawn on with a black permanent marker. (Images by



Need: Two 8" squares of red or pink felt
8" cardboard heart templates to use as pattern
Safety pin
Fabric paint
Polyester fiberfill...

1. Use the cardboard heart template to trace two hearts onto the felt. Cut out hearts and place one on top of the other.
2. Put a safety pin through the middle of the hearts to hold them in place while gluing.
3. Glue the two pieces of felt together along the edge leaving a 3" opening.
4. Use fabric paint to add a child's name to the top of each pillow; let dry.
5. Stuff the heart with fiberfill and glue pillow shut.



Materials: Construction paper, Scissors, Paper plates, Glue, Yarn or ribbon.
1. Cut out  different sized hearts from red, purple and pink paper; you'll need many for each wreath.
2. Cut the middle out of a paper plate and glue the hearts all around the plate.
3. Make a bow with some yarn or ribbon--or tie some string to the back and hang. Photo by Miss Susan-Kansas City Public Library



Need: Clip-on clothes pins, red paint, pink construction paper, black paper.
1. Have children color their clothes pin red.
2. Pre-cut small pink construction paper hearts and have kids draw faces on them
3. Glue black paper antennae on the heart faces
4. Next glue the heart faces on the top "clip-end" part of the clothespin.

Give children two larger pink paper heart shapes to decorate with crayons, markers, glitter, etc.
Have them then glue two of the hearts together to make "wings" from their clothespin body.
The heart points will be touching each other on the inside and the fullness of hearts will be on the "wing ends".



Make stained glass hearts by placing red, pink and white crayon shavings between two pieces of wax paper.
Cover the top with newspaper and press a warm (lowest setting) iron to melt the crayon chips. Allow to cool completely.

Using cardboard, tag board, or empty cereal boxes, make heart shape templates for the children to trace.  Tape these over the waxed paper and trace the templates. Cut out the shape--hole-punch--attach string, ribbon or fish line! This wonderful example is from Skip to my Lou!  Be sure to make a bunch!



Materials needed: Cupcake papers, pipe cleaners, green construction paper

Take a cupcake paper and pinch the bottom of it.
Take a pipe cleaner and wrap it around the pinched area.
Cut some leaves out of green paper and add them to the pipe cleaner.
Put some play dough in a baby food jar and have the children place
the flowers in the jar (like in a vase) 
When the play dough dries flowers should stand nicely.
You can also decorate some tissue paper to cover the outside of the jar.




Materials :
22 pieces of an old jigsaw puzzle
Red acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Modge Podge glue & sealer, glossy finish 
Sequins, red and gold
Small pearl beads
Ribbon for bow
Fishing line 
1.  Paint the jigsaw puzzle pieces red and let them dry.  Painting both sides is optional.  If you want to hang the heart in a window, it would be best to paint both sides.

2.  Lay them out in a heart shape.  When laying out the shape, place one piece under the next overlapping the top piece each time.

3.  With tacky glue, glue the pieces to one another and let dry.

4.  After the heart has dried, put a coat of Modge Podge all over it and let dry.  This will make the heart very shiny.

5.  Glue sequins and pearls all around to decorate.  Let them dry thoroughly.

6.  Tie on a bow with ribbon as shown in the sample. Source: Ms. Brenda-Kansas City Library



1. Take a small terra cotta pot; have children sponge paint with red and white paint.
2. When dry add Hershey kisses.
3. Make and glue a large red construction paper heart to a Tongue depressor size Popsicle stick.
4. Put a message on it and then insert it in the center of kisses.
5. If it's a gift--wrap it with red or pink cellophane and add a pretty bow just below the heart.




Make some heart shaped templates. These can be used to trace in whole and parts to make some wonderful art such as this! Sample from a student of Shannon Stewart--former art teacher at Stetson Hills School in Phoenix



  Have any post Christmas candy canes? Hot glue two candy canes together at the tips. They make a perfectly shaped heart!


Put out construction paper, paper doilies, the candy canes, markers, ribbons, etc. Next, challenge the children  to use their imagination in creating cards!  If you have small photos of the children, you could glue these in the center of the hearts. This card has been made by Ms. Jane at the Kansas City Public Library. 



Need: Salt, Sidewalk Chalk, Clear glue, Colored paper, Markers

Put salt in small separate containers (one for each color)
♥ Rub the individual, different colors of chalk into each salt container to get the desired shades.
♥ Have children write their messages on the cards before they decorate them.
♥ Next, have children make designs on the paper by first making designs with glue on the cards; they then put the colored chalk or sand over the glue designs.
♥ Dry for half a day.


1. Cook spaghetti noodles, drain and cool.
2. Fill a gallon Ziplock bag one quarter of the way with water.
3. Add red food coloring to the water.
4. Add cooked spaghetti and mix around in the Ziplock bag until noodles change color. Drain.
5. Children can take one noodle at a time, dip it in glue and place it on a piece of paper in the shape of a heart.Submitted by Cassie/Michigan


Wrapped heart shaped lollipops/suckers
Green chenille stems/pipe cleaners

1. Starting at the top of the sucker stick, tightly wrap a chenille stem in a coil around it. 
2. Cut off remaining pieces of chenille- about 3 inches.
3. Twist the small piece of the chenille around the stem where you want the flower leaves to be.
4. Shape the leaves and twist to secure.
5. If you want to add a name tape or note, cut a piece of paper and make a hole with a hole punch.
6. Secure the note onto the smaller piece of chenille before twisting into the leaf shape



Draw a very large heart out of cardboard or card stock paper. Laminate it and cut into pieces to put back together as a puzzle. Save pieces in  plastic baggie marked with the title of the heart.

KidActivities likes to add small magnetic 'strips' to the back of each puzzle piece. This makes is easier for the children to put and keep it together. Small magnetic wipe off boards and refrigerators work well for this... 

YOU'VE GOT MAIL! (Submitted by Tasha/California)

Create a 'group' mailbox...
Starting around mid-January, have children begin to write letters to each other in the classroom or program. (The staff also has a mailbox.)
Students then Mail their letters. On Valentine's Day, students mail each other their Valentine's as well.

TIP: To make your mailboxes- you can use shoeboxes, coffee cans, tissue boxes, paper bags, cereal boxes --  anything!  The kids can then decorate them up with paint, glitter, pompoms, doilies, lace, felt, wrapping paper and anything else that is available! (Credit: Getty Images/Stock Photo)  


Have a "MAKE A VALENTINE HEART" by tearing paper contest! Craft and Game in one!

♥ Have each participant hold a piece of valentine colored construction paper in your hands--behind their back.
♥ They tear the paper into a heart shape without looking at what they are doing.
♥ Who's created the most "heart-looking" heart shape!?


Check out the VALENTINE JOKES PAGE...Fun as jokes--but also wonderful for making cards! Put the 'Question' on the card cover...and the 'Answer' on the inside. Illustrate and decorate as each joke indicates!


DOILY CROWNS (For younger children)
♥ Give each child a heart doily.
♥ Have children decorate them with markers or heart stickers.
♥ Next glue the doily in the center of a 2"x 20" strip of red paper.

♥ Wrap each child's strip around his/her head and tape it in place to make a crown.


Materials: Plastic wrap, Individually wrapped candies, Ribbon

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Begin by laying out three feet of plastic wrap, cutting it in half lengthwise. Place candies or groups of candies every three inches.

2. Roll the plastic over and tie bows BETWEEN each candy -using six-inch strips of ribbon.

3. Tie the two ends of the plastic wrap together and cover the knot with another ribbon.
Wear now and eat later!





We've all done stamp art using cut fruits and vegetables...where we dip the veggies in paint and print. That's it! Look at the wonderful creations that can be make with cut cabbage! This sample is made using stamp pads...Wonderful for Valentine's Day!

NOTE: KidActivities hasn't tried it--but has been told that celery used the same way--works as well.



1/4 cup liquid laundry starch
2 drops food coloring
or 1 tsp. tempera paint
   ♥ Mix ingredients until blended




Baby food jars or jam jars
Scraps of tissue paper
Diluted paste or glue
Votive candles 

♥ Clean the jars well and let dry. You can use small jars...but check the size of the votive candle to make sure it will fit.

♥ Have the children  brush glue onto the jar and place different colors of tissue paper over the glue, overlapping so the entire jar is covered on the outside.

♥ When brushing the tissue with glue be sure to do so gently so it doesn't tear. If it tears, remove or leave wrinkled.

♥ The glue will appear to be white but will dry clear and when a candle is lit inside will give off a pretty color and design.
Great for gift time!  ♥ Valentine's Day: Use pink & red ...




Simply take a large paper clip and tie a group of three or four ribbon lengths to the top of the clip. (The amount depends on the width of the ribbon.)  The clips are great to mark book pages as well as clip envelopes and folders. Image by  (For other bookmark making ideas visit the Book Mark Craft page)





1. RIBBON AND HEARTS (On bottom of image) 

♥ Make a heart garland for Valentine's Day.
♥ Cut heart shapes out of red , pink, and purple construction paper or craft foam.
♥ Use a hole-punch to make a hole in each side of the heart.
♥ Use  ribbon or yarn to tie all the heart together into a garland. Hang from ceiling or down a wall.


2. PAPER CHAINS... (Top of image)

Paper chains looped from the ceiling are always festive! Depending on the age of the children, after the paper strips are cut...they can be attached using glue sticks, scotch tape or staples. (Staples are the fastest) Of course--use pink, read, and purple construction paper.



All you need are pipe cleaners in Valentine colors of your choice!

Make circles from an entire pipe cleaner. Take a half of pipe cleaner and connect the circles together! As you connect the large circles, bend them into a heart shape--that's it... 


4. HEART SHAPED PAPER CHAIN (Middle chain in image)

♥ Cut strips just as you would for a paper chain. Fold each strip in half. (See folded strips to left of heart chain garland)

Take the two 'top strips' that are not folded--and touching them together---fold them down into a heart-top. Staple this to complet the shape.

Connect  hearts by taking  two 'open strip tops' and fold them down over the previously made heart . Staple this at the bottom of the strips to make another heart shape. Continue until you achieve a chain of paper hearts... (Image by



Constructions paper (Valentine colors of your choice
Markers (Black and optional red)
Large foam heart shape and google eyes.

Start by showing children how to make a 'perfect heart' using a sheet of construction paper.
1. Fold a sheet of construction paper in half. Draw half a heart on the one side. Leaving the paper folded...follow and cut the half-heart line. Open the sheet of paper and you have a perfect heart. This is the face/body.

2. With the remaining sheets of construction paper--cut out two long strips for the legs and two slightly shorter strips for the arms. Fold the long strips back and forth accordian style. Glue or tape these to the body.

3. Using a smaller heart template, have children cut out four matching hearts--two are the hands and two are the feet. Allow kids to place these any way they would like. (Points of heart shapes facing up or down on the arms/legs)

4. Mouth: KidActivities used a large foam heart-shape for the mouth. A curvy line was added in the center to separate the lips and a marker traced the shape for detail. If you don't have larger sized foam hearts--draw and color in big red lips or smile! Still very cute!

5. Eyes:  Eyes were first drawn using a black marker. A google eye was placed in the center of each eye. Add a couple little dots for the nose and complete as desired! (Image by



1. Make 2 huge hearts; have each child write/print their name on one of the hearts. Continue to decorate as desired.
2. Leaving an opening, staple the edges of the two heart together.
3. Stuff the heart with recycled paper.
4. When complete, staple the opening shut.
5. Optional: Attach streamers of pink, white and red to the bottom.

Hang the heart with a sign above that says: Our Class has Heart!



'WALL OF LOVE' DISPLAY BOARD...Use it many ways!


For Valentine's Day, the staff at Colchester Institute Library (UK) put together this "Wall of Lurve" (You can call it Wall of 'Love'  'Friendship', or  '______'.)

For Valentine's day the  library staff provided a display for students and staff to write messages. Around 150 pink hearts were displayed on the Wall at the entrance to the library.

This is something that could easily be adapted to a class or after-school program! Kids could write friendship messages about teachers, friends, places, things, food, etc. Kids love writing on walls--so it could be a hit!

This is also a great idea for February's 100th day of school or National Friendship Month! The hearts could also be filled with Acts of Kindness for February's Kindness Week!



1. Give each child two pre-cut place mat size ovals cut out of clear self-stick paper.
2. Remove the backing from one of the oval sheets
3. Have each child place hearts cut from red, pink, white, etc. tissue paper or construction paper
Last. sprinkle on glitter. Complete by removing the backing from the second oval and carefully placing the sticky-side down on the decorated oval.



The front of old greeting cards, yarn, tape, hole punch.

1. Punch holes around the edges of cards about half inch to one inch apart.
2. Cut yarn for approximated lengths for lacing.
3. Tape one end of a piece of yarn to the back of each card.
4. Children then lace yarn through then holes in the cards.
5. When they finish, trim the remaining yarn ends and tape them to the back of the card. (lacing will be easier if you dip one end of yarn into wax or glue---or wrap it with tape to make a "needle".
6. This can be done with any Holiday such as Easter for Easter cards, Christmas, etc.



HERSHEY'S KISSES Flower Bouquet 

Materials: 6" lengths of 12 gauge floral wire,  Silk flower leaves, Green floral tape,  Clear cellophane,  Glue, Scissors,  Ribbon,  Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates

1. For each candy rose, spread glue on the bottom of one foil-wrapped chocolate.
2. Firmly press the bottom of another chocolate to it.
3. Insert florist wire into one pointed end of the double chocolates, twisting cellophane, continuing down the full length of wire with tape.
4. Add 1 or 2 artificial leaves, if desired, securing leaves in place with florist tape.
You can also make them by taking two Hershey kisses...  first insert a pipe cleaner or wire into one. Next attach kisses together at flat end with tape or glue; wrap them with red saran wrap. Take 2 wire leaves and attach them to the pipe cleaner with florist tape.......'Kiss Rose kits' are also sold at Oriental Trading (See photo on left)



 This wonderful  display was created by Katja Van Elbe at a week long "Conscious Discipline Institute" work shop. (Sorry the work shop ink was disabled)

To replicate this idea, after making the tree shape of trunk and branches--add a heart for every kindness act noted. This idea is nice any time of the year, but works especially well in the month of February.




Coffee filters, Paintbrush, Red tempera paints, and water.

Water down red tempera paint in a container.
Cut a heart shape out of the coffee filter.
Then take the paintbrush and paint the coffee filter with the watered down paint.
Painting only parts of it will give a tie dyed affect. When it is dry hang them in a window.



Heavy construction paper
Pipe cleaners
Decorated Pencils
Hole punch
Black Marker or Pen

From red, pink or purple paper, cut out several hearts approximately
4 inches across. On each, draw a nose and eyes.
Punch four holes above the mouse's nose.
Thread a short length of pipe cleaner through the top two holes
and another through the bottom two. Lastly, slip a pencil down
behind the whiskers, from the backside of the heart.
Source: DLK Website



ARM, HAND & FINGER PAINTING!!!  MESSY BUT FUN! This is a given...Keep lots of water and paper towel nearby!

Paint each child's arm brown and hand and fingers green. Have them put it on construction paper to make a tree. Placing the green hand a few times on the paper--makes a nice tree. After, dip fingers in red paint to make hearts on the tree. A finger print going to the left and again to the right--makes a nice heart! Optional: Foam hearts can also be added to the tree...

Messy but the kids will love it!!!



Click here for all Valentine pages linked together: Art/Crafts, Snacks, Games, Songs, Jokes, Gifts

You will also find some wonderful craft/gift  ideas that work for Valentine's Day in...

•Children's Crafts that Smell Good! 

•Gifts from a Child's Heart 

•Food Based Gifts

•Creative Ways to Wrap Gifts

Easy Candy Recipes

•How about a Teddy Bear and other Bears Theme?! Teddy Bears are wonderful around Valentine's Day!


Valentine Jokes for Kids

January 6, 2011 16:48 by Barbara Shelby


These Jokes are fun to tell---but also great to use on  Valentine cards you make!  Put the question on the cover and the answer inside! Draw, paint, or decorate the card as the joke indicates...


Q. What did the boy elephant say to the girl elephant on Valentine's Day?
A. I love you a ton!

Q. What did the boy bat say to the girl bat on Valentine's Day?
A. You're fun to hang around with!

Q. What did the boy cat say to the girl cat on Valentine's Day?
A. You're purrr-fect for me!

Q. What did the boy pickle say to the girl pickle on Valentine's Day?
A. You mean a great dill to me!

Q. What did the boy bird say to the girl bird on Valentine's Day?
A. Let me call you Tweet heart!

Q. What did the boy squirrel say to the girl squirrel on Valentine's Day?
A. I'm nuts about you!

Q. What did the girl squirrel say to the boy squirrel on Valentine's Day?
A. You're nuts so bad yourself!

Q. What did the boy rabbit say to the girl rabbit on Valentine's Day?
A. Somebunny likes you!

Q. What did the boy bear say to the girl bear on Valentine's Day?
A. I wuv you beary much!

Q. What do you call a very small valentine?
A. A valentiny!

Q. What kind of flowers do you never give on Valentine's Day?
A. Cauliflowers!

Q. What did the boy bee say to the girl bee on Valentine's Day?
A. You are bee- utiful! Will you bee mine?

Q. What did the girl bee say to the boy bee on Valentine's Day?
A. I love beeing with you, Honey!

Q. What did the boy whale say to the girl whale on Valentine's Day?
A. Whale you be mine?

Q. What did the buck say to the doe on Valentine's Day?
A. You're a dear! (Deer)

Q. What did the boy owl say to the girl owl on Valentine's Day?
A. Owl be yours!

Q. What did the boy sheep say to the girl sheep on Valentine's Day?
A. I love ewe!

Q. What did the girl sheep say to the boy sheep on Valentine's Day?
A. You're not so baaaaaa-d yourself!

Q. What did the farmer give his wife on Valentine's Day?
A. Hogs and kisses!

Q. What did the caveman give his wife on Valentine's Day?
A. Ughs and kisses!

Q. What two words have a thousand letters in them?
A. Post Office!

Q. Why is lettuce the most loving vegetable?
Because it's all heart.

Q. What do squirrels give for Valentine's Day?

Q. What did the letter say to the stamp?
You send me.

Q. What did the stamp say to the envelope?
A. I'm stuck on you.

Q. What is a vampire's sweetheart called?
A. His ghoul-friend.

Q. Why did the banana go out with the prune?
A. Because it couldn't get a date.

Q. What is a ram's favorite song?
A. I only have eyes for ewe, Dear

Q. What happens when you fall in love with a French chef?
A. You get buttered up.
Q. What is the difference between a girl who is sick of her boyfriend and a sailor who falls into the ocean?
A. One is bored over a man the other is a man overboard.

Q. If your aunt ran off to get married, what would you call her?
A. Antelope.
Q. Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
A. No, but they had an apple.

Q. What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus?
A. I wanna hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand...

Q. What did the valentine card say to the stamp?
A. Stick with me and we'll go places!
Q. What did the paper clip say to the magnet?
A. I find you very attractive.

Q. What did the bat say to his girlfriend?
A. You're fun to hang around with.

Q. What did one light bulb say to the other?
A. I love you a whole watt!

Q. What did the elephant say to his girlfriend?
 A. I love you a ton!

Q. What did the chocolate syrup say to the ice cream?
A. I'm sweet on you!
Q. Did you hear about the nearsighted porcupine?
A. He fell in love with a pin cushion!

Q. What did the pencil say to the paper?
A. I dot my i's on you!

Q. Do skunks celebrate Valentine's Day?
A. Sure, they're very scent-imental!


Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Frank who?
Frank you for being my friend!

Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Jimmy who?
Jimmy a little kiss?

Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Atlas who?
Atlas Valentine's Day is here!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Olive who?
Olive you!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Luke who?
Luke, I got a Valentine!


Food Based Gifts Kids Can Make

July 24, 2010 19:28 by Barbara Shelby

GIFT SPOON IDEAS...USE FOR COFFEE, HOT CHOCOLATE OR TEA! Nice gifts but also a great winter time activity!!!

These are nice!
For 12 spoons need:
1 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips and 12 heavy-duty plastic spoons in winter colors ( OR....pick up mismatched spoons at a thrift store)

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Start at about 2 minutes and then keep checking. You don't want to burn the chocolate. Dip the spoons into the chocolate...allow the spoons to cool slightly, then dip them in the chocolate again. Repeat until chocolate reaches your desired thickness on the spoon. If a gift---after the spoons are cool, wrap them in gift cellophane and tie with a ribbon or yarn. Wonderful for coffee and hot chocolate...



1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 candy cane or 5 peppermint candies, crushed
12 heavy-duty plastic spoons in Christmas colors

1.  Put candy in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin.
2.  Melt chocolate.
3.  Dip spoons into chocolate to fill.
4.  Sprinkle with crushed candy.
5.  Place on waxed paper covered cookie sheet to cool.
Wrap with cellophane and tie with ribbons for gifts.



 34 pieces crushed, flavored hard candy; 2 Tbls. light corn syrup; heavyweight clear plastic spoons

  • Line a jellyroll pan with waxed paper and spray it with cooking spray. In a small, heavy saucepan- combine crushed candies and corn syrup over low heat. Continuously stir as the candy melts.
  • Spoon the melted candy into the bowl of each spoon.
  • Place the spoons on a prepared pan with a rim so the spoons are level. Let them stay until the candy again hardens.
  •  Store in airtight container or wrap in gift cellophane and ribbons for a gift.




  • Insert a small funnel into the top of a 3x4 resealable bag.
  • Measure and pour into the bag- 2 teaspoons unsweetened instant tea, ½ tsp. sugar-free cranberry gelatin, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon powder.
  • Remove the funnel and seal the bag.
  • Repeat for as many as desired (each gift bag should have two).
  • Stack together two 10 ounce foam cups. Put the bags of tea mix into the top cup.
    Put in a jar, wrap prettily and give with instructions.
    2 cups Tang
    1/2 cup instant tea
    1 package lemonade mix-3 oz.
    1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    3/4 tsp. cloves (optional)
    1/2 cup sugar
  • Combine ingredients. Use 2 or 3 heaping teaspoons of mixture to each cup of water. Serve hot or cold.
  • Include the recipe and preparation directions:
    “Pour 8 ounces of boiling water into cup. Stir contents of one tea bag until dissolved. Add sugar to taste.”
  • Wrap the cups in colorful tissue paper. Add a ribbon or bow.



CHECK OUT THE recipes and goodies with PRETZELS in the PRETZEL CATEGORY! So many it has its own category! Also has ideas to wrap gift wrap them...



HERSHEY'S KISSES Flower Bouquet 

Materials: 6" lengths of 12 gauge floral wire
Silk flower leaves
Green floral tape
Clear cellophane
Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates
To create Chocolate Roses:

  •  For each candy rose, spread glue on the bottom of one foil-wrapped chocolate. Firmly press the bottom of another chocolate to it.
  • Insert florist wire into one pointed end of the double chocolates, twisting cellophane, continuing down the full length of wire with tape.
  • Add 1 or 2 artificial leaves, if desired, securing leaves in place with florist tape.

You can also make them by taking two Hershey kisses...  first insert a pipe cleaner or wire into one. Next attach kisses together at flat end with tape or glue; wrap them with red saran wrap. Take 2 wire leaves and attach them to the pipe cleaner with florist tape.......



For a Valentine's Day or _____ gift make -- a "Hershey Kiss" using rice krispie treats. 
1. Make a batch of the krispie treats
2. Spray a funnel using Pam and push some of the treat into the funnel making a kiss shape.
3. Put the kiss shape onto a piece of foil and wrap it up. Add a gift carad saying I love you or _________!



1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup instant coffee
1 cup hot cocoa mix
8 regular sized candy canes, crushed

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until it becomes a smooth powder. Place mixture in small jars and decorate with fabric and ribbon-- and attach the tag.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAG (attach to jar/bag)... Candy Cane Cappuccino:
Stir 1 tablespoon of cappuccino mix into 1 cup boiling water. For a richer cup of cappuccino, place 1 tablespoon of mix into 1 cup of hot milk.



Small glass jar (baby food size)
1 serving of hot cocoa mix
About 1/4 cup of small marshmallows
4-inch or larger fabric scrap (depending on the size of your jar)
18" length of ribbon
Hershey Kiss candy
Small wrapped candy cane

Clean the jar and dry it well. Measure a one-cup serving of the hot cocoa mix into the jar. Fill the jar to the top with small marshmallows. . Cut the fabric scrap into a circle. Center the fabric circle on top of the jar lid. Tie the ribbon around the edge. Glue the Hershey Kiss on top of the fabric cover. Glue the candy cane to the side of the jar. Write a personal note and draw a candy cane or other symbol on the card.

Include simple directions like the following:
"Here's a little gift to warm you up on a cold afternoon. Simply pour this jar of cocoa mix into a mug filled with 6 to 8 oz. of hot water. Top with marshmallows and drop in the Hershey Kiss. Stir with the candy cane and enjoy!"



Place in a clear plastic bag...
1 individual pack hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey's chocolate kisses
10-15 mini-marshmallows
1 small candy cane

Add one of the following poems...


When the weather outside is frightful,
Snowman Soup can be delightful.
May it warm your spirit and your soul.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

When you feel a chill or 'burrrrrr',
Use the peppermint stick to stir.
Add hot water and sip it slow.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.


When it's so cold that you holler and whoop,
It's time to bring out the Snowman Soup!

Pour the packet in a mug. Add marshmallows too.
And throw in these kisses
that are special just for you.

Now add some hot water and use the cane to stir it.
Sip slowly and soon you'll feel the warm winter spirit!


A little cup of cocoa, I'm sending your way,
For you to sip and enjoy,
On some cold lonely day.

As you sip this cocoa, It's warmth will warm your heart...
Just like our friendship warmed mine, Right from the very start.


GOURMET APPLES (Adapted from Mrs. Z. Rochester, Mi.)
Apples MUST be dry and room temp.

•Put caramels in a crock pot (You can also microwave the caramel dip sold in stores)
Place Popsicle sticks in  stems of large apples.

Adult- When caramel is melted, put the apple on a stick in crock pot; make sure it’s totally covered.

•Let it drip; place on wax paper on a paper plate.

•Next have semi-sweet choc melted and put in baggie; snip off the corner of baggie and drizzle over caramel. You can also do white chocolate...

•Decorate  with choice of colored sprinkles, nuts, m&m's, seasonal edible decorations, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Reese pieces etc. Mrs. Z gives children the choice of two decorations. (At home she does more)

•Lift off the paper plate and place on a doily.

These make a wonderful gift! For two other Apples on a Stick ideas, visit the Apple Foods category...



Bag of Large Marshmallows, Corn Syrup, Sugar Crystals, Cake Sparkle Sprinkles

• Gently brush each marshmallow with corn syrup.
Roll in sugar crystals and cake sparkles.
Set aside on parchment paper to dry.
Cover lightly with saran wrap to keep air off so marshmallows don't dry out.
Once set, place into snack-sized zip loc bags for gifts or later!


COLORED SUGARS IN PRETTY CONTAINERS to give as gifts! To make: Combine 1/4 t. food coloring, 1/4 t. water, 1/2 t. vanilla extract and 1/4 c. granulated white sugar. Mix together and spread out in a thin layer to dry. Rub out the lumps between your fingers to make the powder uniform. Use more food coloring for darker colors, and less food coloring for lighter hues.

You can use clean baby food jars and cover the tops with fabric/felt and ribbon! These are to be used on cookies and desserts...

Recipe #2  Without the vanilla and water-Materials: Ziploc bags, Granulated sugar, Food coloring, Paper plates

Put some sugar into a bag and add a drop of food coloring. Close the bag and, with your hand on the outside of the bag, mix the color in. You may need to add slightly more food coloring or sugar until you get the right color and texture (you don’t want the sugar to be at all damp). Tip the sugar on to a paper plate to dry.
To use the sugar, tip it back into a clean bag, seal and break up any lumps which have formed. To give as a gift-layer in jars as directed above. They really do look like sand art!



Gumdrop (Spice Drop) Candy
Styrofoam tree - Any size desired; sample is 6"
Tin foil
Pointed Toothpicks

1. Cover the tree base with tin foil
2. Break toothpicks in half
3. Put a gumdrop on the broken side of the tooth pick...
3. Starting at the bottom of the tree, poke the pointed side of the tooth pick (with the gumdrop on it) into the tree.
4. Continue going around the tree until it's covered with the candy.

Use caution with young children ... it can be difficult removing the toothpicks. These should only be for decoration. 

I remember making these in the late 1960's! Seeing a photo of one on a website --brought back some nice memories--so guess what?! I made one and "Hubby" made the other...(Barb)

Click Here for directions for "Candy Cane Seeds" and "Snowman and Reindeer Poop" Gifts! 

 Back to top of page


Other Craft Categories that are also great for Gifts are: