Get creative with your kids! Simple and fun Valentine’s Day ideas for school or home.

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Spread some love on Valentine’s Day by handing out these chocolate-filled candy canes. Perfect and easy for the classroom parties:

Makes: 6 pops

What you’ll need:

  • 12 mini candy canes
  • 6 (6-inch) paper lollipop sticks
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Red, white, and pink nonpareils or sugar sprinkles

How to make it:

  1. Heat the oven to 235°. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, arrange the candy canes as hearts and bake them for 10 minutes.
  2. Slide the hearts, still on the parchment paper, onto a work surface. Quickly pinch each heart onto a lollipop stick as shown below (an adult’s job).
  3. In the microwave, melt together the chocolate chips and the oil in 10-second intervals, stirring between heatings.
  4. Spoon the chocolate mixture into the center of each heart, then top with nonpareils or sugar sprinkles. Cool the pops before serving or wrapping them.

Adapted from: http://spoonful.com/recipes/sweet-heart-pops

There is something irresistibly simple and lovely about this card, and your sweetheart is sure to be a sucker for the candy treat it hides.

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What you’ll need

  • Red and green construction paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Lollipop
  • Glue stick

Helpful Tip:

If you use cardboard templates, one child can trace and cut hearts while another works on the leaves.

Variations:

Make cardboard templates of the hearts and leaves.

How to make it

  1. From red construction paper, cut out a heart that’s just larger than the lollipop candy and glue it to the wrapper.
  2. For the leaves, fold the green paper in half and cut out a leaf shape, leaving the two sides attached at the seam.
  3. Unfold the double leaf shape, coat the entire inside surface with glue, and fold it back over the lollipop stem, pressing to secure.

Adapted from: http://spoonful.com/crafts/lollipop-flowers

 

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