1) Here is what you need to get started:
-wooden craft hearts
-dye based ink pads (pigment and washable inks will rub off and smudge)
-rubber stamps (wood mounted or clear stamps with a base plate)
-natural beeswax wood sealer
-pins, magnets and glue (for gift making ideas)
2) Choose your stamp and your desired colour inkpad. Tap the stamp onto the pad a few times until the stamp is evenly coated. Carefully press the inked up stamp onto a wooden heart being careful to press evenly and firmly but not too hard or the edges may smudge or the words will fill up with ink.
4) To make the memory game you will need pairs of identical hearts. We made a total of 42 hearts (21 pairs) for our game to make it more challenging for my 6 and 7 year olds. For younger kids you can make fewer pairs.
6) Sierra got quite creative with this kitty stamp and added flowers to her hair and other details with sharpie markers being ever so careful to make them the same. She also used mini alphabet stamps to add on words. Thankfully I like to put a piece of paper under their workspace as this ink is permanent and as you can see from the paper...accidents happen.
|I love the earrings Sierra added to the kitty heart in bottom corner|
9) Now for the fun part...mix up your hearts and lay them out on a table or the floor in rows, facing down (I will finish polishing mine after as the girls wanted to try the game out right away). One person at a time flips over two hearts to see if they found a match. If there is not a match, turn the hearts over again (younger children may leave them face up) and the next person tries to find a pair. If you find a pair you try again until no pair is found. When all the pairs have been found the person with the most pairs win.
To make these all you need to do is glue on your choice of a magnet or a pin to the back of your heart shape.
|Our wooden valentine heart magnets in action|
Valentines day is fast approaching. Do you celebrate in your home? Have you been busy making anything special to celebrate?