I’ve been working on some busy bag activities for my preschoolers for Valentine’s Day. Every year, I buy each of my kids a box of those ubiquitous conversation hearts. Those are the first thing I think of when I think of Valentine’s Day. So of course my Valentine’s Day themed busy bag activities must be centered around those little candies.
These are really super simple. I made a felt heart in each of the 6 colors that the candies come in, and wrote a different word or phrase on each one. Add a box of conversation hearts, and there you go–lots of color matching, sorting, candy-eating fun.
I cut a heart pattern out of paper, then traced it on thin plastic. The thin plastic inserts that come in the bottom of $.99 supermarket reusable grocery bags are perfect for this. For some reason, my bags get destroyed by the kids, but those inserts stick around. They’re great for cutting out traceable pattern pieces. I traced the plastic heart onto felt with a disappearing ink pen (that I only own because it came with my sewing machine, but it has come in very handy) then put two layers of felt together and sewed over the traced line. Then I cut out the heart with pinking shears. For a no-sew version, just cutting hearts out of one layer of felt would work perfectly fine as well…they’d just be a bit thinner.
The words were written free-hand (as I’m sure you can tell) using a squeeze bottle of puffy fabric paint. Easy peasy.
Since I do like to limit the amount of candy my preschoolers eat, I also cut out some small felt hearts, traced from a scrapbooking stencil, in each of the 6 colors. This way they can use this set longer without going through boxes and boxes of candy.
And finally, on the backs of the hearts I used the puffy paint to write the numbers 1 through 6, so that they can count out each number of conversation hearts or felt hearts and match them up that way.
These were very quick and easy to make, and would be even quicker without the sewing. I’m happy with how they turned out, and I’m sure my kids will love them when I pull them out. I’ll get some “in action” photos soon.
I was originally thinking of making these with quilting fabrics in tiny prints of each color, and adding the words with my embroidery machine. Those would take a lot longer, though. If I have the time, I might try that anyway…I do tend to complicate things. Hahaha.
I’m still trying to figure out some fun decorations for my home as well. It looks so bleak and boring around here now that all the Christmas decor is gone. I guess that will be my next project! One can’t have too many projects going at once…right? 😉