Valentine’s Day Cookies – I Love You

Love is in the air… that is for sure. Everyone around is getting all excited about Valentine’s Day.. and there is nothing better than planning ahead. Valentine’s Day for me is all about the small things.. no fussing, but just showing you care.. today we made some super simple I Love You and Heart Cookies – they use our chocolate shortbread recipe – which is a no egg cookie recipe too and they taste great! So easy.

If you are looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, there is a great 31 Days of Love series and also a “No Candy series” on Red Ted Art and Fun Crafts Kids. Go pop over and look!

Love Cookies for Valentine's DayChocolate Shortbread Ingredients:

  •  300g (2.5 cups) Flour
  • 200g (3/4 cup) Butter (at room temperature)
  • 100g  (0.5 cups) Sugar
  • 50g Cocoa powder (approx 3/4 cup or 4 heaped table spoons)
  • 1 egg (you can replace it with some milk if need be)

As well as:

Preheat oven to 180C

To Make your Chocolate Shortbread:

1) Mix all your ingredients into a smooth dough. If you do not want to use an egg (maybe because of children helping) you, can mix the cocoa with some milk and make a moist paste – the egg is mainly there to help bind the cocoa to the basic shortbread recipe. We did this with a kitchen aid, so the children just helped pour everything in.

2) Roll out 5mm or a little thicker and cut out your hearts and letters. If you don’t have an alphabet cookie cutter set, you can form them by hand! Also fun!!

3) Bake in the oven for approx 10min.

4) Let your chocolate shortbread fully cool. Then mix the icing sugar with a little water and food colouring. Carefully apply to your cookies with a knife (much easier to spread than with a spoon) and add your sprinkles. Done. So easy!

Chocolate Shortbread recipe

Share with someone you love!!!

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Lovely Valentine’s Day Cards

Oh we do like this time of year.. yes, we fret not about the grey skies and dark afternoons.. but we head indoors and we get crafty.. with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I particularly love all the “lovely love” inspiration (how often can I get the word “love” into one sentence I wonder”).. but what I do like to remind people, is that you don’t have to make Heart or Love cards “just” for Valentine’s Day.. these are great at any time of the year – be it as thank you cards after Christmas or a Birthday, be it for an anniversary or just because.. there is ALWAYS a good reason for making a card for a loved one. Here are 5 Valentine’s Day Cards that fit the bill… be inspired…. have a go – Valentines Day Cards for Kids - printed hearts (3)Were Art meets Crafts – explore Styrofoam Printing and make LOTS of these. Especially good as thank you cards, as you can mass produce these!

Birch Tree Card Picture

Another Art come Craft project – here we are taught to create these wonderful water colour birch trees.. What a beautiful technique.

Valentines Card 1Have a go at Shaving Foam Marbling – such a fun activity and they look great as details on a card.

make-a-lantern-card-finished-in-the-dark1Valentine’s Day Lantern Silhouette cards – possibly the coolest cards going – super personal, gorgeous and lovely. A definite keepsake. Like the step by steps instructions that have you itching to have a go! Would make a fabulous anniversary card or wedding card too!

Valentines Cards pop up hearts (4) - CopyWonderful little pop up card. So cute and easy to make!

So.. hope this inspires you to have a go this Valentine’s Day.. or if it isn’t Valentine’s Day to have a go ANYWAY!! I am sure you know someone who would love a lovely surprise at any time of the year!

 

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Winter Activities

January is always such a GLOOMY time of year. The excitement of Christmas is over. All the pretty decorations and wonderful fairylights come down and we are left in grey, dull, darkness. The daily grind continues and everyone is grumpy. Ha! This really does NOT need to be the case… there are plenty of things to celebrate about Winter and get you excited about the New Year. Here are some things that we like doing at this time of year!

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Firstly, give some thought to the birds! Winter can be harsh for them and this is a great time of year to make your own pretty and fun Bird Feeders – These Cheerio Bird Feeders are easy to make and you can shape them into any design. We particulalry like the heart one! Lots more tips on bird feeders here!

0-Ice-DecorationsEmbrace cold.. and make the most of the cold cold weather. Our favourite cold weather activity are these super easy ice ornaments. A great way to explore a bit of Science too!

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This year we are going to give these Ice Cube Garlands a go too. I just love how COLOURFUL they are!!! So so soooooo pretty!#Chinese-New-Years-Craft-for-Kids-with-free-printable

We also look forward to Chinese New Year. Which normally falls into early February.. which means you can get some bright colours back into the house quite early in January. We adore these Dragon Puppets and the printable is ever so handy! LOTS more Chinese New Year ideas here!

 

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Paddington Bear Crafts & Ideas

Oh my, since the Paddington Bear Movie came out, we are in PADDINGTON BEAR FEVER here. It was simply the most delightful film imaginable. We rushed home and found our bears and old story books and really got stuck in!

I thought I would share some of our favourite Padding Bar Craft Ideas:

  1. Paddington Bear CraftsAren’t the Paddington cupcakes simply the CUTEST EVER!?!?!?
  2. We ADORE the Paddington TP Roll too! How versatile TP Rolls are!
  3. And check out this brilliant Paper Plate Paddington. Wonderful.

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4. And if you need more.. check out this FREE Paddington Finger Puppet Printable!

Simply wonderful! Have you got a favourite Paddington Activity? Do tell us all about it!

Read what we thought about the Paddington Film here!

 

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More! More! Or why Baby Signing Really works.

Ok, this is really going to sounds like a “sales pitch” for Baby Signing. I am not trying to sell anything (I have never been to a signing class), but just want to “share”. We had such a lovely experience with Red Ted, that I think everyone should consider giving it a go.

Baby Signing

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