Friday, February 11, 2011

Easy Valentines Day Crafts

Here are a few easy crafts from and to make with your little one this Valentines Day :)

Celebrate and Decorate Together            

Make a special day more memorable, or build a lasting family tradition, by creating a decoration or gift together with your child. Even if you’re craft-challenged, don’t give up - we found an inspiring web site filled with ideas –! We’ve included a few of our fav offerings below from that site, and added some other great sites, all with projects easy to enjoy with children of different abilities.

FamilyFun is chock full of inspiration! You’ll find craft projects for every season and even back-to-school ideas. Planning a birthday celebration? Check out their “Birthday Parties by Theme”, where unusual ideas abound. Would your child adore a birthday party with a music theme? How about bugs, a cooking party, or a complete guide to creating a birthday carnival? You’ll find it there, and so much more!

Gift Box – Perfect for Mom and Dad

This idea was developed for Mother’s Day, but it’s perfect for any other celebration, from Father’s Day to birthdays or Valentines Day. Decorate a shoe box, fill it with a variety of small, inexpensive, wrapped gifts, write a fun schedule for the day that includes when or where a gift can be opened. Simple yet appealing on so many levels. The entire day becomes special! It’s an easy-to-do gift that most children can manage and creates special memories from the child to mom, dad, family and friends.

I heart you Card! You Card 

Repurpose plastic packaging on a cute-as-can-be shaker card with a hidden message. Print a greeting on cardstock, then layer a heart frame cut from adhesive foam over it. Pour sequins in the heart, attach heart-shape plastic over the foam, and top with a heart frame also cut from cardstock. Layer multiple patterned papers under the card base and stitch around the edges to secure. Use cardboard letter stickers for your message.

This article is taken with permission from, where readers can go online and, by signing in, can access free copies of the magazine’s eGuide, which is packed full of more information on holidays and gift giving for children on the spectrum.

Articles were amended to fit the present season of Valentine’s Day.

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