With Valentines Day coming up we decided to get crafty and some of our favourite books provided us with inspiration. We didn’t need to buy anything new for these crafts, we already had everything we needed at home – biscuit cutters make great heart templates!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar bookmark
We used craft foam (you could also use thick card), pipe cleaners and wiggly eyes. We stamped heart shaped biscuit cutters into the foam to make eight hearts then cut the hearts out (you could also draw round them but the stamping was fun!). We stuck them together in a line before flipping the book mark over to stick a larger heart on as a head. We made the antennae by sticking smaller hearts onto short pipe cleaners. Wiggly eyes and glitter glue completed the face. We had so much fun with this one that we made The Very Hungry Caterpillar a girlfriend!
We thought that the unloved, neglected and warring crayons in The Day the Crayons Quit would appreciate a new pencil tin. We covered a tin with a double thickness of fabric, folded the excess over the top, glued it with a clear craft glue then did the same with the base. We stuck a card circle onto the base to hide the fabric edges. Then it was time to decorate. We found ribbon and buttons in our sewing box and felt hearts in the sticker box. My daughter decided where she wanted to stick everything and I helped her glue everything on. We finished with a ribbon around the top edge. This would also be a great Valentines Day present for Buster in Bunny Loves to Write.
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Valentines Day biscuits
Robber dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam inspired us to make Valentines Day biscuits. We made dough (200g flour, 125g butter, 1 egg yolk, 1 packet vanilla sugar and 50g sugar) then cut out circles and hearts. My daughter enjoyed cutting the smaller shapes out of the middle of the bigger shapes. We baked them (8 minutes at 200 degrees) and once they were cool we sandwiched them together with cherry jam. Our own Valentines Day jammy dodgers!
Ella ladybird headband
Ella inspired us to make our own ladybird Valentines Day headband. We used red card for the headband then added a black semicircular face with wiggly eyes. We cut out black hearts for the spots, large pink heart wings and used small pink hearts and pipe cleaners for the antennae.
We were originally going to make Sarah, Percy and Bill from Owl Babies but then my daughter decided she wanted to make Plop from The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark as he eats a lot in the story! I made some heart templates then we cut them out. First we gave Plop a branch then stuck the hearts together in an owl shape. A (very!) starry sky completed the picture which we laminated to use as a placemat.
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