Monday, February 2, 2015

Make It Monday: Fortune Cookie Valentines

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*image source: marthastewart.com

We've devoted this first week of February to Valentines, love, and love songs... here's an idea for homemade Valentines that was a big hit last year; so much so, we are repeating the same process this year! My boys attend a Montessori school that encourages homemade projects for Valentine's Day and the challenge is to come up with an idea that kids can really create all by themselves. This project fits the bill! Fun, inexpensive, and very creative, we found this here at marthastewart.com. (all photos and work by pluff mud kids, age 11.)


Materials:

*After years of Valentine making, my biggest tip is to a) set up a space for this project that can be available for a few days and b) allow twice as much time as you think it will take to for your child to make their own Valentines and label all the class names. 

  • Colored felt (you can use any color)
  • Scissors
  • A circle shape to cut around - the bottom of a cup works well
  • Pipe cleaners in a matching color
  • Paper to print out fortunes (you can print by hand or use a computer)
  • Craft glue
  • You can add a Hershey's Kiss or place the felt cookie inside a clear gift bag and add a treat
  • There are websites like this one that give ideas for fortune cookie sayings, or make up your own! 
What to do:

Gather your materials and set up a space for kids to work. Trace the shape of a circle to desired cookie size on all the squares of felt. Cut out the circles. Cut the pipe cleaners to width of circle. Glue the pipe cleaners pieces across the center of the circle and allow to dry overnight. Print out your fortune sayings and cut them into strips. Lay the saying inside the cookie , fold to close, and bend the cookie to shape it. 

The best part of this project is the fun kids have in creating their own sayings to tuck inside the cookies. Good luck and have fun!




Today's post compiled to Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

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