Fruit Valentines


I have another Valentine Day idea that would be perfect for your kid’s classroom valentines or a Valentine’s Day Party…or even a fun birthday party with a colorful rainbow theme.

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A few years I spotted these adorable fruit tag printables from Alpha Mom via Cindy Hooper from Skip to My Lou and have thought about them often.  I even printed them out and used them in my kids lunches a few times.

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Aren’t they so cute?  These would be a fun Valentine’s Day Treat for the health conscious person or food allergy riddled person such as myself…

So I decided to come up with a fun Fruit Valentine for Valentine’s Day using these cute Runts.  Have you seen Runts?  They were one of my favorite candies growing up.  I am not a big “candy” fan now as I prefer to spend my calories on chocolate.  But if I am forced to eat candy then I would choose Runts (or Skittles) except for the bananas…those I am not a fan of!

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Now obviously the sayings I used have pretty much been used all over the place…but here are the versions I chose to use…

You Are Really Grape!

You Are Berry Special!

I Go Bananas For You!

Orange You Glad We’re Friends?

You Deserve The Lime Light!

grape-sayings  berry-special  banana-sayings

orange-candy  lime-puns

If you would like to download the Fruit Valentines, click on the link below.

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It’s important to get your daily servings of fruit ;)!

Halloween Play Dough

Need a non-candy small gift item for your kids friends and classrooms this Halloween? Or a fun Halloween Craft?  Why not make some of these mini Halloween Play Dough Characters.

Fill them with some easy to make Play Dough. I love making this Play Dough and shared it with my readers a couple of years ago. It is so soft and smells so good. And you can customize it by just using different packs and flavors of Kool-Aid or any powdered drink mix packet.

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To make the Play Dough you will need just a few simple ingredients.

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Homemade Play Dough Recipe

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons
cream of tartar
**1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid or other powdered
fruit drink

(I did not add the Kool-Aid mix to this batch because I wanted to make several different colors of Play Dough)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water

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1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.
2. Add water and oil.
3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.
4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
5. Knead until smooth.

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I simply took the ball of white Play Dough and separated into four different equal pieces and then colored each section a different color with a couple of drops of food coloring. Then drop some play dough into some small containers. I found mine at my local craft store for really inexpensive, but you could also repurpose some small baby food jars if you have some of laying around too.

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Then I simply decorated each little container to represent some sort of Halloween character with google eyes, pom poms and construction paper.

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The possibilities are endless! And you can have a fun little take home goody for a lot of different activities.

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Wouldn’t these be fun to give to your kids classrooms for the Halloween class party? Or as a small party favor? Or give to your kids in your church group? Or if you are feeling extra motivated…make them to give to the Trick-Or-Treaters?

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And…because everything is cuter with a label…I have provided a free printable label that can be used to hang on the side of your Halloween Play Dough container or put on the top of it.  Click here for the Halloween Playdough Tags.

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