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Party from the Heart

Duration: any

Age: baby, toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Parties celebration


Homemade invitations, strawberry milkshakes and fun craft activities combine for a fun party that’s straight from the heart.

CAUTION: Adult supervision is always recommended when creating these crafts. Please note that there may be small parts for some of the crafts that could be a choking hazard for children under three years of age and/or tools needing close adult supervision. Created crafts may not be intended for use as toys, and these should only be used with adult supervision by children under three years of age.

Hearts. Angels. Cupids. These are all signs of Valentine’s Day, but they are also signs to show someone you care. Here’s how to plan a child’s birthday party, or a Valentine’s Day party, around the universal theme of love.

From the Heart Invitations

This can be a messy project, so have your child put on his Crazy Craft Smock.

You’ll need:
* Red and pink paint
* 1-inch paintbrush
* Construction paper
* Paper towels

Fold the construction paper in half to make a card. Have your child fold one sheet for each card he wants to make. Put the folded cards aside, then help your child paint the inner side of both his hands with either the red or pink paint. Carefully place the left hand on the construction paper in a northwest position and the right hand in a northeast position. Make sure to put both palms on top of each other. The handprints may form a heart. Let the card dry completely, and then write details of the party inside.

Strawberry Milkshake

Be sure none of your guests are allergic to strawberries before serving!

You’ll Need:
* 1 cup milk
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh strawberries or 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
* Pinch of sugar
* 4 to 5 ice cubes

What To Do:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until combined. Makes two child-sized servings.

Heart Animals

You’ll need:
* Construction paper
* Scissors
* Glue

What To Do:
Cut out lots of hearts in different sizes from the construction paper. Give each child a piece of construction paper and show him how to make animals using the hearts. For example, one big heart for the body, one medium heart for the head and many smaller hearts for the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands and feet. Once dry, let them use markers or crayons and add more details to their animals. Send them home as a party favour.

Ribbon Hearts

You’ll need:
* Red and pink pipe cleaners
* Ribbon scraps in white, red and pink

What To Do:
Twist a red and pink pipe cleaner together from top to bottom. When done, form it into the shape of a heart. Randomly tie pieces of pink, red and white ribbon around the heart. Makes a fun party favour!