Valentine's Day
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In The Kitchen

Cupid's Arrow

1 quart cold milk
2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed and crushed
1 cup orange juice
3 oz. lemon juice

Blend at medium speed for 1 minute. Pour into pitcher, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

~Submitted by Becce from Missouri

Finger Jello Hearts

4 cups boiling water
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 9oz. package of red (cherry or strawberry) flavored gelatin
Dissolve all gelatin in the boiling water. Pour into shallow baking pan. Refrigerate until firm. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut gelatin into heart shapes. Eat with fingers.

Heart Pretzels

Dissolve 1 package yeast and 1/2 tsp. sugar in 1 1/2 cups warm water. Add 4 1/2 cups flour and knead 6 minutes. Let dough rise, covered, in a greased bowl until double in size. Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll into long sticks. For sticks into heart shapes. Blend 1 egg yolk and water, then brush the mixture onto pretzels. Sprinkle with salt or sesame seeds. Place pretzels on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes. Makes 12 hearts.

Pink Butter Biscuits

Mix up a batch of Bisquick Biscuits using the directions on the box. Have the children roll out the dough with rolling pins. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the biscuits. Bake as the directions on the box say. For the pink butter: Pour heavy cream into clean, baby food jars (one for each child). Add a couple of drops of red food coloring. Secure the jar with the lids. Have the children shake, shake their jars until the cream turns into butter.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Valentine Candy Cones

What you'll need:

* 6 sugar cones
* 1 bag M&M'S(R) Brand Chocolate Candies for Valentine's Day
* Tape
* Plastic wrap
* Red or pink cellophane, cut into six 10-inch squares
* 6 strands (14-inch) thin ribbon in red or pink

What to do:

1. Loosely wrap 1/2 cup of M&M'S(R) Brand Chocolate Candies for Valentine's Day in plastic wrap and tape it closed.
2. Set the wrapped candy on top of a cone.
3. Cover the candy with cellophane and tie with a ribbon.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to fill the remaining cones.

Makes 6 cones.

Red Pineapple Punch

Mix together 1 large can unsweetened pineapple juice, 6 cups cold water and 1 packet unsweetened tropical punch soft-drink mix. Stir well and pour over ice cubes placed in clear plastic cups. Makes 24 small servings.

Heart Waffles

Toast frozen waffles and let the children use cookie cutters to cut them into heart shapes. Then let the children decorate their waffle hearts by sprinkling on powdered sugar.

Theme Ideas

1. Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14th.
2. It is a holiday to show love, affection, kindness, and friendship.
3. Many people show this by giving flowers, candy, and gifts; or by exchanging cards.
4. Some Valentine's Day symbols are hearts, Cupid's arrow, the color red, flowers, candy, friendship, and love.

Flowers are a popular Valentine's Day gift. Many flowers are grown in greenhouses. Tour a greenhouse with the children. Before the trip, discuss the purpose of a greenhouse. Make a list of questions to ask.

Circle Time Heart Match Game

Make a large heart Valentine for half the number of children in the group. Cut each heart in half in a zig-zag or swirly fashion, so that each cut is fairly unique and identifiable. Each child is given part of a heart and must find his/her partner by matching the valentine halves. It's fun to have the children switch halves & match again! This can be done to music: when the music stops they must try to find their "other half."

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Valentine Party in a Bag

Valentine Party in a bag: Send home a paper lunch bag with each student for them to decorate and fill with the following items: 1 juice box, 1 candy treat, 1 individually wrapped sweet treat (such as a Little Debbie snack or any other type purchased snack cake), one bag of pretzels or chips, and one Valentine card addressed to "My Secret Valentine". (Have these due back at school at least one day in advance so you can make adjustments for those who don't return theirs to ensure that everyone will receive a bag.)

Staple the tops closed, have students place their chairs in a circle, place their bag underneath the chair, and put on some fun music. As the music plays, the children change seats. After doing this a couple of times, have the students open their bags and ... let the party begin!

The same bag idea with a twist .. instead of using music, read the poem, "Pink! Pink!" below. Every time you say "pink', the children hand their bags to the person on their right.

Our favorite color
Is pink - pink - pink.
And we always write letters
With pink-pink ink.

We like our lemonade
To drink-drink- drink,
But especially when
It's a pink-pink drink.

We always use dishes
That is pink-pink-pink.
And wash them all clean
In a pink-pink sink.

If we had some pink paint,
We think-think- think,
We would paint the whole world
In pink-pink-pink!

~ Author Unknown

Valentines for the Birds

Help your child use a cookie cutter to cut a heart shape from a slice of stale bread. Spread peanut butter on the heart and then sprinkle on birdseed. Poke a pipe cleaner through the heart to make a hanger. Hang the valentine on a tree and watch through the window as the birds come to enjoy their Valentine treat.

Valentine Books

Here is what we have done the past 3 years or so for our Valentine entertainment, it takes a bit of preparation but it's worth it! I make up a little book (simple design in print shop on cardstock for the cover, fold in half with plain white sheets in the middle for the pages), make sure you put your dc name on the back and the year (I put "happily made at Kid'n'Kaboodle Day Care, 2/2000"). Then on party day, the kids exchange valentines and with a glue stick of their very own they glue their cards in their books to take home, no lost valentines, no wondering whose is whose and it takes up quite a bit of time! My parents have always been very impressed with their little books. Be sure you ask the parents to put the name of the receiver and the sender on the back of each card, envelopes get tossed and lost too.

~Submitted by Terri in Tx

Magic Hearts

Have parents write a "secret" message on a white construction paper heart with a white crayon--(taken home & returned by Valentine's Day). Ask them to press hard. Then have the children paint the hearts pink or red. The magic message will appear...

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

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