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A Simple Valentine Craft

I know there are only a handful of days left until Valentine's day, but there is still time to make an easy craft with your favorite little people. All you need for this cute valentine bear is a paper plate, some craft foam or construction paper, two large google eyes, glue, sequins or paper dots, and a permanent black marker.

We happened to have pink plates leftover from a birthday party so that's what we used. Since I had three plates, I actually cut the ears out of the center of the extra plates; but construction paper would work equally well. My daughter, Emily, has a set of heart shaped cookie cutters in various sizes so I used a small one to trace four red hearts (two for the ears and two for the bow tie). I used a small heart paper punch I had on hand to cut the three tiny hearts used for the bow tie knot and the cheeks and the smallest cookie cutter to trace the heart shaped nose. If you don't have cookie cutters or paper punches don't fret; simply hand cut paper hearts in the shape and sizes you need. 

The only semi difficult part of assembling our bear was attaching the ears. The glue wasn't holding them well because of the plates curved edge, so I ended up using packaging tape to attach them on the back. We had self stick foam which allowed Emily to easily attach the hearts to the ears, the nose to the center of the plate, and hearts to the bottom of the plate. I cut the sharp points off of  the two hearts she used for the bow tie so the ends would but up against each other. The tiny heart used for the knot covered the seam well.

Emily had fun decorating the bow tie with some leftover sequins I found in our craft bin, she attached her google eyes and cheeks with some glue dots, and then I drew on  the mouth. Very simple, but oh so fun and cute. And while you are in a festive mood don't forget to read something fun with your kids. I recommend  Hugs and Kisses by Christophe Luopy.

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So ends another episode of Kids Korner with me, Children's Author Aileen Stewart. Join me next week for another exciting episode same krazy time, same krazy channel. And feel free to drop by my personal blog Aileen's Thoughts any day of the week for even more on reading, writing, and life in general. 

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