Valentine's Day Shaker

So last weekend our friends had a night out and we hung out with their kiddos for the evening. They came over right after dinner (in jammies of course), so I wanted to do something with all the kids before we settled into a movie. Big surprise here...we did a craft!

I had seen a Valentine's Craft Shaker idea here in the morning and thought it was the perfect thing. I had all the materials, it was simple & easy, and it could be used for the next month or more. Perfect! So all you need to get started is two paper plates (per shaker), pom pom balls, a jingle bell, sandwich or quart-sized Ziploc bags, scotch tape and packing tape.

First step is one for the adult...trace a heart-shape on the inside of one of the two plates, then cut it out with scissors. Give both plates (plain & heart-shape cut out) to the kids and let them decorate the bottom sides of both...as demonstrated by Owen below.


The boys used paint pens (thanks Auntie Julie)...


and the girls used pink & red tempera paint (which became one color on their plates within seconds). In hindsight, I should have had them use something else as their paint was so thick it took overnight to dry (which is why there is no photo of Abbie's finished shaker)!


Once the plates are dry, take one half of the Ziploc bag (I just cut around all the edges so I had two plain pieces from them sides) and tape it to the inside of the plate with the cutout. Make sure to tape all along the edges so the insides don't escape later.


Fill the inside with the pom poms chosen by the kiddo (we used red & white) and a jingle bell, and seal the edges of the two plates together with packing tape.

Owen's finished product (the other side featured a lightsaber fight, of course)...


EJ and hers...she discovered that shaking it for your baby sister gets a lot of laughs too!


And the reason this post took so long to do, Jack...who just finished his design Thursday evening at 6pm! Lots of talk of patterns, opposites and other general type A behavior! But it turned out really nice I think and he loves it, so...

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

can i send my kids to you for a craft night? ;)

love that {new to me} blog! she's got so many great ideas!

and once again ... making the rest of us look like slackers ...

Karri said...

Very cool :) Since I have all these things, perhaps I'll have the kids make these this weekend!
I have a child who is very very methodical about their artwork too, so I understand Jack :)

Jackie G said...

Gosh, those friends of yours have such cute kids with such great artistic talent :)

Perfect craft, they are still playing with them and yep, good for a whole month at least!

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