Well, since we’re Anoka’s favorite candy store, we probably shouldn’t admit this–but, we’re not really fans of those little, Valentine’s Day, conversation hearts. (Being a candy store, it seems like we should just love it all, right? We don’t.) When we were in Kindergarten, they were cool–since then, well, they’re kinda like the mini candy canes of Christmas, the candy corn of Halloween and the generic jelly beans of Easter. They’re a staple of the holiday–but, that’s about the only, real, reason they exist. (Are we being too harsh on them?) SO, this Valentine’s season–we’re going to do with them what we feel should be done with them…glue ’em, stick ’em, fling ’em, experiment with ’em, and give ’em away…all in craft form. :)
Other than our everyday, candy, boards over on Pinterest–each season, we create two boards for the upcoming holiday(s) within the season, and after they’re created–we keep adding on. We create one holiday recipe board, and one holiday craft board–with the overall theme, of course, being candy! (Click here to go to the Valentine’s Recipe Board, and click here to go to the Valentine’s Craft Board.) We keep our boards super family friendly, the projects are never too complicated, and we, personally, check out each link before pinning it. (Do you know how many links lead you to some lousy webpage, full of ads and flashy things–only, then, to inform you that you need to click somewhere else to, maybe, go to the actual project? Ugh. Drives us crazy. Those projects do NOT get pinned.)
Anyway…THIS V-Day, we thought we’d start off the project sharing, here, on our blog, with our FAVORITE projects involving, you guessed it…conversation hearts. (Cuz…gross. ;) ) Not everyone cares for, or uses, Pinterest–so, this way, you can get to all the projects, minus actually logging on to Pinterest.
We’ve got such a wide variety of pins using conversation hearts…so, we’re going to organize them here based on topics, and, age appropriateness. (Though as Dad says…age is just a state of mind. We are, totally, planning to make, and wear the barrettes in our hair. As well as create an amazing catapult. :) )
Science and Sensory (These projects are, probably, best suited for younger kids–4th grade, and under.)
Conversation Heart Science Experiments
This project is SUPER open to interpretation and curiosities. The description on the website doesn’t tell you what to do–but, more-or-less, just gets you thinking about how to do it.
Conversation Heart Science Experiments II
This project is very similar to the one above–but, more structured and guided. The forming of a hypothesis is encouraged even. :) Plus, there are links on her page to other Valentine’s Day, science experiment sites.
Candy Heart Oobleck Science Sensory Play
Messy, gooey, and completely fun for little hands. (And big ones…we love it too.)
Candy Heart Catapult — Measuring Distance
Hmmm. If you don’t want to measure–we bet that you could, simply, set up some targets to hit. :) Aiming at targets always gets my kids motivated.
Crafty Projects (These projects seem perfect for more coordinated hands–probably, 3rd grade, and up–OR, these are the projects that may require a bit more help for the younger kiddo’s–OR…even better yet–these are the projects to do really well, as an adult, and then gift, or decorate with!)
Candy Heart Wreath
This would be perfect hanging anywhere–from your door at home, to the wall of your cube. Plus, it’s inexpensive enough where you could work on one, while your child/grandchild works on another. If you have little kids who just can’t quite handle the whole gluing thing–have them help by sorting colors, or counting out groups of hearts for you!
Conversation Heart Frame
Cover an old frame, or grab a few cheapies from the craft store, paint them, and then cover them with hearts–do it in neat rows, or let the kids go nuts–either way, this idea is adorable, especially as a gift to grandparents, the other parent, aunts, uncles, or good friends.
Valentine’s Candy Trees
These are are simple enough–though, they can be a bit time consuming, depending on how bit your tree is. You could also do them using foam balls and then hang them.
Candy Heart Hair Accessories
Okay. So. We got way too excited about this one–but, any way to wear candy, while working in a candy shop, is pretty awesome. It’s pictured with hair pins–but, almost any barrette would work fine. If you scroll down, you’ll also see the headband idea–which is, equally, as cute.
Conversation Heart Tree
This can be a project that everyone does separately–either on one, long, sheet of paper, or on individual sheets, and then put together, in a Valentine’s Day, display. Use different color for each person’s tree, talk about horizon lines, make the background day, or night, play with perspective, use watercolors and oil pastels, markers, crayons, collage, tempera paints and a brush, or even just fingers–no matter how you create this one, you’re doing it right. When the tree is done, adhere hearts with glue dots, or small dabs of glue. If your kids are too little to make their own tree–work on those fine motor skills by having them place each heart on the glue dot.
5-Minute DIY Heart Candles
We feel like this one isn’t as fun for the kids–but, more pretty, like something a mom might enjoy making on her own. This site is full of photos to get you thinking. The projects are simple, but they make a really sweet gift for any lady in your life–from mom, to co-worker, to favorite friend(s).
What do you think? Have any more we should throw on this list? Did you try any on this list? If you have other ideas, or tried some on your own–feel free to let us know either here, or over on our Facebook page. We ALWAYS love to see what you’ve come up with!