Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids and Parents
Bond with your kids on Valentine's Day over crafting time. One option is to make some DIY valentines that your kids can pass out to their friends. You also can have your kids create a coupon book where the recipient can redeem vouchers for helpful or enjoyable activities. For instance, if your kids are gifting you with this book, they might include a coupon that requires them to cook your favorite meal for dinner. To add some fun, you can even turn this concept into a game by making a spinner wheel full of activities you can do as a family.
Gather Your Spinner Supplies
To make a Valentine's Day spinner, you will need a piece of cardboard that's at least 9 square inches, a small piece of chipboard (such as from an empty cereal box), a drill, scissors, writing utensils, and glue. You also will need the following hardware: a small rubber grommet, a 3/4-inch machine screw, and a hex nut that fits the screw. Note: Machine screws have a flat tip, not a pointy one. This is important, so kids don't hurt themselves.
Print the Spinner Template
Print out this template of the spinner and arrow, preferably on a piece of 8.5-by-11-inch cardstock. Cardstock is thicker and more durable than typical printing paper, so it will hold up better for this craft. After printing, cut out the spinner wheel and the arrow to prepare for the next step.
Cut the Cardboard and Chipboard
Trace the spinner wheel template onto your piece of cardboard. Next, cut out the circle with a box cutter or sharp scissors. (Adults should probably handle any sharp tools, depending on the age of your kids.) Then, trace the arrow template onto your piece of chipboard, and cut out the arrow. The chipboard will allow the arrow to spin more smoothly than cardboard.
Glue the Arrow
Make sure the cardstock arrow matches with the size and shape of the chipboard arrow. Then, glue the cardstock arrow to the chipboard arrow. Do not glue the spinner wheel pieces yet.
Fill in the Spinner Sections
Have your children fill in the pie pieces of the spinner wheel by writing activities they would like to do as a family. Some examples include making dinner together, having a movie night, or taking a family walk. There should be one activity in each slice of the pie when they're done. In addition, have them get creative by decorating each section with drawings, stickers, or whatever you have on hand. However, keep in mind if they decorate with glitter or other raised materials, the arrow likely won't spin smoothly.
Glue the Wheel to the Cardboard
Make sure the cardstock circle and the cardboard circle are the same size. Then, glue them together to create your spinner wheel. Press the pieces firmly together and allow them a few minutes to dry.
Drill a Hole in the Spinner
Have an adult drill a hole in the center of the spinner. The hole needs to be almost the size of the rubber grommet. Go slowly so you don't accidentally create a hole that's too big. If that happens, the grommet and the rest of the hardware will fall out.
Tip: If you're doing this as a classroom activity or with several kids, have an adult sit in one place with the drill. Then, the children can bring their wheels to the drilling station when they're ready, rather than having someone walk around with the drill.
Insert the Grommet
Insert the rubber grommet into the hole you've just created.
Attach the Hardware and Arrow
Insert the screw into the grommet through the back of the spinner wheel. Then, punch or drill a hole through the circle on the arrow, and thread the arrow onto the screw on the front side of the spinner wheel. Finally, cap it off with the nut. Tighten the nut only about halfway down the screw, so the arrow can spin freely.
Now you're ready to spin! Pull out the spinner any time you feel the need for some quality family time.