Monday, February 2, 2009

Valentine Puzzles

Here is our first fun Valentine idea: Popsicle Stick Valentine Puzzles


First line up your popsicle sticks on a strip of masking or painter's tape. Try to get them as close and straight as possible. The kids were all surprisingly good at this part.



Next, draw your Valentine message. It is a good idea to make a border around the edge. It makes it easier for the kids to put it back together. And if you are making these for teens you could use more sticks to make it more challenging.


Remove sticks from the tape and mix them up (flip some upside down too)

Gather them together with a pretty elastic band and add a note that says, "It is puzzling how much I like you!"
Monster Man (6) enjoyed lining these up but got a bit frustrated trying to draw on them. Cookie (10) and Pablo (8) were able to do the whole craft without help and we all had a lot of fun making these and putting them back together again.

We adapted this idea from the book Fun To Make Crafts For Everyday

10 comments:

Amber M. said...

What a cute idea! I'm in charge of Anna's preschool Valentine's party and this would be a fun thing to do with the kiddos.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Fun and easy! Love it.

Becky said...

What a great idea! I *love* this. I'm going to try this with the boys this year. I was just beginning to ruminate on Valentine's Day.

Beth said...

What a great project!

Jen said...

What a cute idea! I will have to do this with my kids.

Amber said...

I LOVE this idea. Mostly because it's simple and something I can actually handle. GREAT TIP and what a fun book!

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

I really like this...and am grinning about the fact that you can recycle ice cream remnants to make it :)

CC said...

Super cute idea!

Scribbit said...

Okay you're so creative--what a fun puzzle! Easy to make, easy supplies.

Scrappy said...

Thanks for sharing this idea. I am going to have my boys make them for thier teachers (along with a little treat.) I don't think I'm up to making these for 40 students, they get the lame paper valentines with a sucker taped onto it. :)