EASY valentines CRAFTS
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5 easy Valentines crafts

The hugely talent blogger Sadhbh Devlin from Where Wishes Come From is always busy creating beautiful crafts, whether it’s for her family, her blog, or Easy Parenting magazine. Here she shares with us 5 easy Valentines crafts that can be whipped up in minutes or created in a labour of love over a rainy afternoon.

It’s high time I put a bit more effort into celebrating this love-fest that is Valentines, as the girls have started asking me about it and are very enthusiastic about telling everyone just how much they love them. Especially one of their teachers who Lile once asked to be her mother instead of me.

“What about me?!” I cried, distraught that she could want rid of me after only (almost) five years.

“You can be my teacher if you like.” She replied.

She has it all figured out.

So, I raided my craft stash to bring you these 5 fab easy Valentines crafts for Valentine’s Day.

easy Valentines crafts

First I grabbed all of the stuff I thought I could use for inspiration and then thought about how I could use it. Not all of the things pictured above ended up being used but I still managed to come up with 6 different ideas which are super easy and perfect for last minute-valentines.

1. Pencil Heart Stamp

easy Valentines crafts

I love anything miniature and this quick craft really ticks that box for me. This is so simple you’ll have a stash of them made in no time for the kids… or for yourself…

easy Valentines crafts
You will need: A pencil with an eraser on top
A craft knife
Stamping ink (or a felt tip pen)

Things to decorate

easy Valentines crafts

All you need to do is draw a tiny heart on the eraser of a pencil and use the craft knife to carve it out, being careful not to cut completely through the eraser. When the heart is cut out, load it with ink and get stamping! I made this simple card in seconds. You could decorate wrapping paper, gift bags or anything else you can think of!

2. Origami Envelopes

easy Valentines crafts

These envelopes are really easy to make and take no time at all to fold. Follow these instructions and you will have a stack of them made in no time. It’s kind of addictive. You can cut squares of cute wrapping paper or buy some pre-cut origami paper which is easier and faster.

You will need:
Origami Squares
Wrapping paper cut into squares
Tiny things to put inside

Fill the envelopes with love notes, heart confetti, sweets or tiny notebooks. They make lovely, inexpensive gifts.

3. Sweet Stuff

easy Valentines crafts

This barely qualifies as a craft to be honest, but you can’t have Valentine’s Day without something sweet! I had these cupcake cases in my stash since last year when I never got around to baking with them. I filled some with valentine’s sweeties, popped them in a cellophane bag and they are ready!

easy Valentines crafts

Cute cupcake cases like these, with yummy cake inside would also make a lovely gift.

4. A Berry Happy Valentine’s Card

easy Valentines crafts

I found some self adhesive strawberries in my craft stash and used one to make the easiest Valentine’s card ever. I actually made this card while I was on the phone to my sister – which is my excuse for it being totally off centre – but I think it still looks cute.

You will need:
‘Berry’ themed stickers (you could also just cut out a picture of a strawberry and glue it on)
Card blank & envelope
Letter Stamps/Felt tip pen

Just stick the strawberry to the card blank, stamp or write the words ‘Have a BERRY happy valentine’s day’ and you’re done!

5. Love Line Decoration

easy Valentines crafts

This is a simple decoration to get your home ready for Valentine’s Day in a jiffy.

You will need:
Washi Tape
Miniature pegs
Photos, notes, love hearts, etc

Use tape to secure a length of string to the wall (or string it between two nails if you have them!). Add photos of your loved ones, little love notes, paper hearts and anything else ‘valentinesy’ (not a word) you can find.

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Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….


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