Family Friday: Valentine Squeezes

With Valentine’s Day coming up, Tsarina and I wanted to find something fun and different for her to share with her classmates. I was also up for an alternative to our usual approach (buying the Cartoon Of The Month cards from the drugstore and taping a Hershy’s Kiss to them). Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Those cards have saved my bacon many a year, and as for Kisses – well – you DO know that there’s way more of them in a bag than you need for a class of little kids, right?

Let us all pause a moment to reflect on the joy of leftovers.

In any case, I was indulging my Pinterest habit when I found these, and they fulfilled all my criteria: they were cute, they’re healthy, and they required absolutely no artistic ability. Here’s how we did it:

We started with pouches of unsweetened applesauce.

applesauce(Tsarina sucked down three of these suckers while we were working. Guess I should have waited until AFTER dinner to make them.)

Then we downloaded, printed, and cut out the cute little greetings that are so helpfully provided at the blog link (above). She offers directions for making your own, but I could barely understand them, let alone do them. Download all the way, baby!

printablesTsarina cut out the greeting circles. I used pinking shears to cut out the larger red circles. A little judicious glue-sticking, and they were pasted together. Tsarina laboriously addressed the back of each and every one. Next up: peel and stick foam conversation hearts, a hole punched in the top of each, and a twist of ribbon. The final product:

applesauce valentinesTa-Da!