Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone.
Do you have a collection of those hard little conversation heart candies? Wondering what you can do with them (besides the obvious?)
We spent Valentine’s Day morning using them in our morning learning time. I made individual activity papers for both the 4 and 2 1/2 year-olds. Both had a sorting area at top of their paper. I made a simple “finish the pattern” activity at the bottom of the toddler’s paper, and a harder pattern activity for the preschooler, who has worked with patterns for a while now.
We did the sorting activity again today with the conversation hearts we had remaining (of course a few were eaten during yesterday’s fun), and then we counted how many of each color heart we had. (Doing it with an older child? Have them eat a few and count again to work on subtraction skills!) And afterwards? We used them to decorate yesterday’s Valentine’s Day cupcakes… YUM!
What other crafts/activities have you done with candy?
You are always amazingly creative in your crafts and games. I am much more the go and play or just talk person. Sometimes we do games but I totally lack patience for actually doing crafts with children. I do provide them with plenty of craft supplies to do on their own and luckily I have always been able to count on my mother-in-law to fill in the gaps:-) Your children are fortunate to have you!
I admit it, I’m scared to just give them craft supplies! LOL. Maybe it’s their ages, but I can just picture what would happen if I didn’t direct them. And, I do enjoy trying to think up new ideas to try with them from time to time. Probably drive myself crazier than I need to at times.
Fabulous idea!! My daughter will love it! Thanks for sharing and thank you for visiting my blog today!
Hope she enjoys it as much as mine did! Happy SITS day again!
That is just so darn creative and yummy looking, I didn’t have one single piece of Valentines candy yesterday 🙁 I made an attempt to go down the candy aisle at Walgreens yesterday and it was a mob scene.
They had fun decorating their cupcakes, and they WERE pretty tasty.
Sorry Walgreens was such a mad house, but the candy is pretty cheap now! 🙂
My girls don’t really make crafts with their candy anymore but they play candy store. They set prices and them use their play money with their American Girl dolls or stuffed animals. They have a blast!
I love the idea of playing candy store! My little girl is starting to play store, kind of. She uses magnets off the fridge like money and asks to “buy” things in the kitchen. I’ve also used her play food to set up a grocery store for her to go through. She was asking for a cash register, and I’m trying to figure out how we can make one at home.
I like that – kind of like gingerbread houses for other seasons….
I think one of the best things I ever did for my kids was give them play-doh and leave the room. They could create to their heart’s content and all I did was clean up the mess when they finished. “Giving them art supplies” really was mostly coloring books with crayons and the play-doh. As I mentioned before …mostly they did crafts with their grandma:-)
Yes, I’m not too worried when leaving them with Play-doh or crayons… 🙂
maggy,red ted art says
Oooh I want one of those cupcakes. How yummy!!!
Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
They WERE pretty yummy, and they went REALLY fast! (I’d better run a few laps chasing kids now to wear it all off, lol.)
Really cute idea!
Cute idea, my kids love these hearts! And the cupcakes look delicious too 🙂 My girls are a little older tho now so they are more into eating them lol.