~By Inconsistent Artist Sharon
This year for Valentine's Day, I felt compelled to bring something other than cupcakes to my daughter's preschool party. Most school parties call for cake and snack-lets and the like. But for once, I just wanted to think outside the box. Okay, that and also the fact that I don't bake. I craft. But I do not bake, folks. It's a fact.
recipe. Thanks to Family Fun.com, I was able to make (bake!) Crayon Hearts. The recipe was easy. And believe me when I tell you that coming from me, that says a LOT. A toddler could do this. But shouldn't of course, because it involves the oven. A toddler, could however help you peel and brake up the crayons needed for this. Or if you're like me, you could torture a poor guest visiting for the night. Keep her up past midnight with sore fingers until you realize that you could use an exact-o knife to cut right down the crayon to free it from it's silly wrapper.
But I digress. The final product is adorable, and loads of fun to use. And a much better alternative to sweets.
Oh, and also, I found that throwing this in my bag for long car trips was better than bringing along a whole box of crayons. Which end up melted on the floor and between the seats anyway!
How pretty! By the third batch, I realized the more vibrant colors should be used first in the pan. Colors like white, tan and grey should only be used in the middle for show.
For the goodie bags, I found a bundle of small heart themed bags. The crayons (shown below) were put in, along with a mini play dough, a Valentine printed off the Internet (signed by my daughter) and a word search we made with all the classmates' names in it!
We hoped at least one creative classmate would use the heart crayon for the word search and the valentine!
I fastened the bag with heart lollipops and with scrapbook stickers (thanks to Mel) each classmate's name was written in the center. (see below)
Pictured below was my daughter's gift to ME. A Valentine sun catcher. I love it and plan on using it for many Valentine's to come!