*Disclosure- I received a gift card from Family Christian Stores to help facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and that means classroom parties. As a preschool teacher with 6 kids, I’ve been to a lot of them! I love finding crafts and snacks that are easy and kid friendly. One of my favorite go to party snacks is icing dipped pretzels. They’re super easy and so yummy! All you need is a bag of pretzels, a can if icing and some sprinkles.
First spoon some of the icing into a microwave safe dish. I put mine in for 15 seconds and I think that was a tad too long. You don’t want the icing to be too runny. Stir the icing to make sure it’s smooth and dip a pretzel in it halfway.
These are great because the kids can help and because you don’t totally submerge the pretzel, it’s not too messy.
Lay the pretzels on wax paper and shake some pink or red sprinkles on them. You will need to so this pretty quickly because once the icing starts to dry, the sprinkles won’t stick. I recommend dipping and sprinkling the pretzels 3 or 4 at a time.
It only took us about 15 minutes to make 50 pretzels. The kids love them and so do I. They are the perfect mix of sweet and salty.
Of course, a highlight of any school Valentine party is exchanging valentines. We have made countless valentine holders over the years. One of the absolute easiest, is one made from a cereal box. We go through a ton of cereal so thankfully, we have plenty!
In addition to the box, you also need construction paper, tape, glue, scissors, ribbon and your choice of decorations. We used Big Bling Rhinestone Shapes and the Martha Stewart Double Punch-Heart Seal from Family Christian. The heart punch is really neat and creates both solid hearts and circular heart patterns. My son had fun using it.
After taping the top of the box closed, turn it sideways and cut an opening along one of the narrow sides of the box. Make sure the opening is big enough for bigger valentines or goodies that may be attached to them. Next, cover the box with pieces of construction paper. I just used tape for this part. Since we like to stress the importance of being kind and being a good friend around Valentine’s Day, I wrote “A friend loves at all times” on the front of our box. I then let my 4-year-old have free reign on decorating his Valentine holder.
He had so much fun and really thought about where to put each rhinestone or cutout!
Once the box was dry, I cut a slit on either side of the opening on the side and tied a ribbon through each side to make a handle.
It took us about 20 minutes to make (not including drying time) and K was so proud of his creation.
I’m also a big fan of Valentine crafts. One of my all time favorites, is the fingerprint heart tree.
We did this on an 8×11 canvas. You just let the child paint a tree trunk (or paint it for younger kiddos) and then have them add heart shaped flowers using their thumbprints. We also added a couple thumbprint butterflies as well. You could also do this on a t-shirt or apron. It’s fun for the kids to do and makes a great keepsake or gift for grandparents.
So what are your favorite Valentine’s Day crafts or recipes? Please share them below!
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