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Hey Kids! It's a Punny and Funny Valentine's Day Crafternoon

You bring the arts and crafts. They bring their imaginations. At this party, kids can make their own valentines, masks, and even punny lovey-dovey costumes.

Setting the Crafts Table

  • Festoon with Frills
    Festoon with Frills

    Believe it or not, you'll only need one handy tool (and a few paper supplies) to create a fun fringe garland for this party. We selected soft pink and coral hues and played around with some gold foil, — mix and match different hues to your heart's content.

  • Love Letters
    Love Letters

    Valentine's Day isn't all cookies and conversation heart candy. Try these healthy snacks instead: a heart-shaped sandwich with a punched out message plus sliced heart strawberries and Greek yogurt swirled with jam.

  • Seat Yourself
    Seat Yourself

    Each child should a place setting at the table including disposable napkins (these hearts with gold foil accents are from Terrain), cups, and paper plates (ours are from Meri Meri). A chalkboard easel scrawled in their name (that doubles as a take-home party favor) adds a personal touch.

  • Festoon with Frills
    Festoon with Frills

    Believe it or not, you'll only need one handy tool (and a few paper supplies) to create a fun fringe garland for this party. We selected soft pink and coral hues and played around with some gold foil, — mix and match different hues to your heart's content.

  • Seat Yourself
    Seat Yourself

    Each child should a place setting at the table including disposable napkins (these hearts with gold foil accents are from Terrain), cups, and paper plates (ours are from Meri Meri). A chalkboard easel scrawled in their name (that doubles as a take-home party favor) adds a personal touch.

  • Love Letters
    Love Letters

    Valentine's Day isn't all cookies and conversation heart candy. Try these healthy snacks instead: a heart-shaped sandwich with a punched out message plus sliced heart strawberries and Greek yogurt swirled with jam.

Stocking Up on Supplies

In the spirit of sharing the love, present a durable workspace that keeps tools and materials within easy reach of small hands: gluesticks and age-appropriate scissors in roseite bowls, then stacks of colorful paper, and sheets of felt and fabric scattered freely across the center. There's enough for each child and extra to go around the table.

Consider the age range of your guests. For younger children, crafternoons are best in small groups where you have at least one adult helper for every two or three guests. Older kids may require less hands-on help. Consider a sizable table: Ideally, you should account for every mini-crafter to have enough room to comfortably spread out materials, share valentines and templates, and (inevitably) make a mess too.

Wild About You

Pandas, foxes, and wild things — oh my! Hearts make the lovey-dovey features on these zoo animal faces. Simply print one of our templates, trace them on colored construction paper, and cut out. Then, have the kids arrange smaller paper hearts on the face (which, if you look closely, is one big heart.)

 

Get the Zoo Animal Valentine Templates

Punny and Funny

Or, graduate from classroom valentines for this new collective craft: Choose a punny Valentine's Day outfit — we have three kid-friendly ideas here — and have fun making them in pairs. Remember that a costume can be creative and comfy. The first place to look? The closet. First, we used a base outfit of matching pajamas, zip-up hoodies, long-sleeve tees, and short-sleeve tunics. Then, we upcycled embellishments from household supplies. (For a pair of love bugs, we used pipe cleaners and pom-poms. For our royal King and Queen duo, we used heart stickers and glittered gold paper.) The rest is up to your — and your kid's — imagination.

Love Bugs

Bold berry colors are the base of the outfit while tiny "love bugs" crafted from pom-poms and fuzzy pipe cleaners are made to look like they're crawling across a heart-shaped spiderweb shirt front.

Puppy Love

There's no cuter way to say "I ruff you!" to someone you adore than pairing up in these punny costumes. Felted add-ons — like ears, tails, and one sticking-out tongue — easily make a comfy hoodie into a cuddly ensemble.

King and Queen of Hearts

"I dub thee my darling!" Have the kids pair up in these royal coupled costumes. You can complete any crewneck with a collar and add a scepter (made out of dowels and felted heart cut-outs) for one regal finish.