Showing posts with label Valentine's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valentine's. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Later this week, I have a Heart Art Time program at the library. SO exciting!!!
While looking at heart & Valentine stuff, I found these goodies to share!!

Pom Pom Valentine Monster Craft

Found HERE.

Preschool Valentines Pom Pom Painting
Do some pom pom painting on hearts. From HERE.

Bee Mine Valentine - Valentine's Day crafts for kids
Valentine, BEE Mine! Found HERE.

Cute heart strawberry craft! Info HERE.

And because it is chocolate...

Happy Valentine's, my loves!!

tina winkle stay magical

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Doodley Doo!!

I am running out of original title ideas for posts!!

Okay so much is going on. I am excited to start school (again).
My hamster is still adorable, along with my other fur babies.

At work, our library will be moving in about a month into a new-to-us
building while the new one is being built. I am looking forward to having more room.

Harrison is doing so good in school. I am so proud of him.

My husband and I deep-cleaned the house. We still have to attack the office space.

The huge ice-pocalypse never really happened here in OKC. It was more like just some drizzle and dreariness. So we all bought all that bread and milk for nothing!

Today it was so warm I was wearing shorts. Like it is supposed to be Winter! And we usually never get weather this warm here in OK. 

Valentine's Day is coming our way. I think Harrison and I might do this fun experiment to make crystal hearts. Experiment found HERE.

I started a project at work that launched yesterday! It is the Cupid Express! We deliver valentines to co-workers for fifty cents a valentine (with a heart sucker). I hope it is a success. I love organizing things like this. 

Thinking of hearts and's a really easy way to make a heart cake!

Now I have hearts, pink and candy on my mind. Off to Pinterest!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Red Hot Slime!!

Yes, we are going there. We are so making Valentine Slime!

(^ This is my face I make when I know slime is involved).
It’s okay. We will baby-step our way through it because I know if you are a mom like me it is not like you want to add to the mess that may be already hanging out in your kitchen. But then your kid loves science-y stuff and you know any kind of hands-on project is good for ‘em--anything that will pull your 11 year old son away from “The Minecraft.”

So I originally saw this idea at   Now I've been making slime since I started teaching hmmmph years ago, but I loved the red color and the glitter involved in the Valentine Slime! I mean if we are making a mess, we should go full out and add glitter and red color, right? I am such a sucker for glitter.

So first, you need these supplies:
A package of Red Hots
2 bottles of glue (we used the regular glue type but the other site used the red glitter glue sold by Elmer's)
1 bottle of red glitter glue (found at Dollar Tree in a 3 pack of glitter glue!)
Borax detergent (comes in box in laundry aisle)
Water (I hope you have this already on hand)

Take your Red Hots and make your child measure out 1/2 cup. Eat some of the outliers hanging out at the bottom of the package. It's okay to take a photo with some dirty dishes in the background (it's cool because I cleaned those during the project). Wink.

Now have your child measure out 1 cup of water. Have your child pour the red hots into the cup. Try to keep your kid from drinking it. Try!

Microwave that for 3 minutes. You can be like me and load the dishwasher at this time and be thankful you do not live in pioneer days when you had to use your hands to scrub dishes. Then wonder how there are so many dishes when you had take-out tamales for dinner. How did that happen? 

When you take it out of the microwave, be careful because the handle will be really hot so I suggest using a potholder to grab it. 

In another bowl, put 1 cup of really warm water. Add 1 teaspoon of Borax. Stir until it is dissolved well. 

My paper towel holder says hi. I think it purposely photo-bombed 
lot of my pics!

We got the three pack of glitter glue!

Pour out some of the extra liquid in the red hot melted water cup. I tried to use just the last half of the mixture.

In a separate bowl (we used the plastic container we planned on storing it in) pour out 2-3 bottles of the regular glue (or the fancy glue). Then we poured out our red glitter glue. Because we used regular-type glue, our slime did not come out as transparent so it is up to you what kind you want to use. You can do only glitter glue but it would take 2-3 bottles of that as well.

 Add the red hot melty mixture, too. We stirred some of this using a plastic throw-a-way spoon. Then the fun part!!! Pour in the Borax/hot water mixture. I always let my son mix this with his hands. He likes pulling the parts of slime out. 

 Watch while your child laughs like a maniacal mad scientist while touching slime. Watch while he puts weird things in it like vampire fangs. Our slime came out a little on the Pepto side and I could have added more red coloring or melted red hots but my mad scientist declared the disgusting color was perfect because it looked like vomit. Boys! 

Congratulate yourself on a job well done and go do your midnight beauty routine, mom. I do rock my glasses over my eye mask.  And yes teachers, I have made slime with a room full of Kindergarteners and so can you! So the water is warm and stuff I always prepped that kind of stuff so we could do this after specials or recess. Good luck and may the twinkle force be with you!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

I {heart} it!

Like the updated look? I figured I needed a Valentine make-over for the ol’ blog. It is your lucky day because if you need some Valentine’s Day ideas whether for your students or yourself, I am going to hook you up! Click the PHOTOS to go to the links for more info on creating. 

These hats are perfect party gear for your Valentine's Day party.

I really like this easy-to-make card. I think my son is going to make
one for my husband. I expect little fuss from him because
it is so easy peasy.

I have tons of scrapbook paper and some buttons so I got this heart garland idea covered!

I think I really love homemade valentines more than store-bought
but we are often short on time ourselves. This is an awesome idea. Just take a photo of your child with their arm outstretched 
toward the camera. Print enough for the class.  Use an exacto knife to create slits and insert a lollipop! You can add stickers or you can use a photo program to decorate the photo if you like. If you are a teacher, you can make this a class gift set of cards by taking a pic of yourself  OR of each student (and then giving that student their card).

This is from a Teachers Pay Teachers packet. It costs $1.75 and there are other activities included. Deal! This is not from my own shop. I just saw this on Simply Kinder and fell in love with the heart monster.

I like anything that kids can tear since it helps those fine-motor skills!

This is another cute party hat idea. Love bugs!

I like this own heart craft. Look at his heart nose! The only thing I might tweak because I am a nerd is the word "Whoooo" instead of Hoo. Paper plate, construction paper, googly eyes and you are good to go!

I am having a brain fart but when I taught first grade we used these little guys for spelling. If I remember how we used them, I will update this post with the info. I think we pinned them on the kids' clothes. 

Anyway, I saw them featured as love bug magnets which is a cool idea.

Oh man! I am a sucker for bees. My classroom theme always featured bees. Bees rock! I like this idea of using hearts and stacking them.

Paper roses never die! You can also add a green pipe cleaner for a stem. I would take it one step further and use this as a homemade word wall pointer, too!

Painted newspaper hearts. This is a great use for recycling newspaper. And kids love watercolor painting.

I see this staple heart garland being used maybe as a countdown on days until Valentine's Day or just as a decorative garland for your home/class.

I remember how popular these little ones were in the 1980s! Most were used as little advertisements because they had a fabric strip with a company name on their feet. I just loved them. Now you can make your own!

So simple! Die cut or have the kiddos cut hearts, cut up some straws (optional) and give 'em some yarn to make a heart necklace. Another great fine motor activity.

All this heart talk got me thinking about stuff close to my own heart...

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Valentine Finds

Will you be mine, valentine?

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it and so I have started looking for my own fun resources for this year’s Valentine’s Day and decided to share what I found today.

You can turn this into a creative card or just a cute heart decoration. Make an ombre heart using a circle paper punch (available in various sizes in the scrapbook sections) and layering the circles on top of each other. Idea and details can be found at Busy Kids=Happy Mom. 

 I love candy and I love flowers so this combination is sweet. Wrap crepe paper in a spiral around a sucker for a yummy diy rose. You can learn how to make your own at Ruffles and Truffles!

This is an easy way to make chocolate covered strawberries with less mess!

Also found on Facebook, I saw this way to make chocolate hearts
out of strawberries...use toothpicks on two halves!

And I saw this neat coffee cup cozy you can easily make using cute new socks and hair bands. Found on

This is a cute Minion valentine you can make using pudding, googly eyes and tape or black paper. I found it on Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons.
I think this is a great way to practice cutting/fine motor skills and to make flowers that are longer-lasting than the kind you order. Super cool.
Woo-hoo!!! You can find 30 Free printable valentine ideas HERe AT pRETTY pROVIDENCE.

cHECK IT...HEART STAMPING! I usually throw tubes away. First, I see the empty paper towel tube. Then I think, "Hmmm...I am sure there is something we can make or do with this...nah." Now I found something!! Details can be found at Happy Hooligans.

One year I gave my Prek students glow sticks as a valentine gift!

We also made scratch-n-sniff Jello names on hearts.

And during our reading group time, we used letter tiles to see how many words we could make from VALENTINE.

Oh and here's some pics of the creative kids from that school and their valentine mailboxes they made...

I'm pretty lucky to be married to an art teacher because he can help us with this handprint photo keepsake if we get around to making it. Found at Teach Me Mommy.

I really have a soft spot for dream catchers. Maybe because I live in Oklahoma and see them often. Maybe because my ancestry is native american. I LOVE to hang them near my son's bed. He says they really do help keep the bad dreams away.

The first one pictured is from Molly Moo Crafts. The other two pics are from google images but I am not sure of a link/source. We got some paper plates the other day so we may attempt to make ones more like those. 

This is from paging fun mums, and while it is for a mother's day gift idea, it would also be a perfect valentine's day craftivity.

I don't know about you, but I could always use more edible glitter in my life. especially around Valentine's day! 

If you are planning on giving anything color-related as a valentine, they free printable tags from My Frugal Adventures have got you covered!

Crepe-Paper Roses

Martha Stewart has some neat-o crepe paper flower ideas here.

DIY aroma therapy is easy with this simple scented candle tutorial

Are you all about doing-it-yourself? You hardcore, diyer, you. How about making your own scented candles? Details HERE.

I love thinking about the book Five Love Languages and how each person in my life fits into which category. Here is a handy chart for you to read about it.

(Puts on Billy Mays voice) Now it is time for me to plug some of my teachers pay teachers valentine clip art. 
Click on the photos to be taken to the product if you want to find out more. Some of them are freebies for you to enjoy!!

But wait, there's more!!! (Okay, normal voice returns).

And finally, let's say valentine's day is not really your cup of tea. You can find scary valentine cards HERE.