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Valentine Games - Ispy, Matching game, Minute to win it, Dont' Eat Pete, Cootie Catchers, Bingo, Musical Hearts - This is perfect for class parties!

Valentine Games are so much fun!  We’ve gathered some of our favorite games for you.  If you’re planning a class party, preschool party or just want to have some fun with your kids… we’ve got you covered!  I Spy Valentine Edition, Minute to Win It Games, Bingo, Matching Games, Hedbanz and so much more!

Valentine Games

Valentine Party Pack from The Crafting Chicks

Valentine Games - Ispy, Matching game, Minute to win it, Dont' Eat Pete, Cootie Catchers, Bingo, Musical Hearts - This is perfect for class parties!

Heart Relay from Makoodle

Valentine Games - Ispy, Matching game, Minute to win it, Dont' Eat Pete, Cootie Catchers, Bingo, Musical Hearts - This is perfect for class parties!

Valentine’s Hedbanz from The Crafting Chicks

Valentine Games - Ispy, Matching game, Minute to win it, Dont' Eat Pete, Cootie Catchers, Bingo, Musical Hearts - This is perfect for class parties!

I’ll Tumble For You Valentine Game from Tried & True

I'll Tumble For You! Game

Don’t Eat My Heart from The Crafting Chicks

Don't Eat My Heart

Suck It Up from I Gotta Create!

Minute to Win it

Cootie Catchers from The Crafting Chicks

Cootie Catcher

Matching Game from Creations by Kara

Matching Game

Musical Hearts from Teach Mama

Musical Hearts

Vase Drop from Not Consumed

Vase Drop

Conversation Heart Bingo from Say Not Sweet Anne

Conversation Heart Bingo

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We are so excited to announce our Valentine Party Pack! This pack is full of fun and games that will help you become the star of Valentine’s Day just by hitting PRINT!

We know how much you love our Valentine Printables so we wanted to put together something super special for all of you.

Valentine-Printable-pack from the Crafting Chicks

This pack includes 6 games that are sure to provide fun for hours. You could use this pack for a Valentine’s Class Party, a Valentine Party at your home, or just for fun around the house. Our kids have loved to play each of the games and we know yours will too.




Each Valentine Party Pack contains:

  • A special Valentine’s edition of the Memory Game–Kids will want to play this game over and over even after Valentine’s Day is over.
  • Roll A Heart Man: This game is a hoot to watch and see who can build a Heart Man the quickest.
  • Valentine’s Headbands game: See who can guess the quickest, who/what they are. This game is a hoot.
  • Musical Hearts: Get out some fun music about love and watch the kids jump from heart to heart to land on the number that is called out.
  • Valentine “I Spy”: This game is a fun for everyone. Race to see who can count the correct number of images in the quickest amount of time.
  • Don’t Eat My Valentine: This is our spin on “Don’t Eat Pete,” with fun Valentine images.
  • And the BONUS: Heart Attack: Have fun showing someone how much you love them by decorating their space with hearts that tell how much you love them.



You can purchase this pack for only $2.99.


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#1 Fan Valentine with Heart Shaped Paper Fans

#1 Fan Valentine with Heart Shaped Paper Fans

Dying over these cute Valentine Fans from Oriental Trading….they come in the cutest colors and sayings.  Such a fun surprise for friends to open up on Valentine’s Day.  So of course I had to make a fun printable so my daughter could give them for her Valentines this year.  sm fan girl valentine 2 They are the perfect “non candy” idea…just too sweet. sm fan girl valentine 5 sm fan girl valentine 4 Here’s the I made a clever “I’m Your #1 Fan Valentine” to attach to the fans.  You can hand them out folded up…and let the little friends see what is inside! sm fan girl valentine 1 These Valentine Fans are going to be such a hit with my Daughter’s class!  She can’t wait to hand them out! Download Black Download

PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  All printables and downloads are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. sm fan valentine girl

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February Challenge Creative


I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I try to find storage for my kids things anywhere they might use it. So the coloring books and supplies end up in my china hutch.


It’s a pretty storage space when you’re looking at it like this. But open up the cabinet that the coloring supplies are housed in and….


YIKES! It’s like my tupperware cabinet. Shove something in and hope it stays long enough to close the door.

So when I was walking around Michaels the other day and saw these darling chalk storage containers, I knew they were my solution. They match perfectly and were the perfect sizes. There are tons of fun things down the Maker Market isle in Michaels right now.



First off, I cleaned out that cabinet and threw away a ton of old papers and broken crayons. By this time I had attracted the attention of my 2nd oldest. She was cooking with dad, but thought my project looked a bit more fun.


We used the smaller crates to store the markers and crayons. I wrote on each of the chalk board sides with the chalk markers I purchased at Michaels as well. She loved helping add those into the crates.



Next we made a bin for the coloring books, which I swear multiply. Then I needed an answer for all those homework woes, so I added in a homework bin. Each day after school, my girls are to unload their papers into this bin. I can then go through and trash what we don’t need and keep what we need to work on or what I want to save for later. This might be my favorite part!


Then we came up with a configuration of the bins that would be most useful. Coloring book bin is in the back on the bottom, with the markers and crayons in front. My logic here is that they can grab those things if they need them for homework or anything, whereas the coloring books can be pulled out afterwards if that’s what they really want. The homework bin is on top for easy access. Did I mention that I’m excited for that one?


I love how the storage bins fit perfectly and slide out like little drawers. The answer to my prayers!

And there you have it! It looks a lot better then it did.

If are looking for more ideas, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!


I'm Wild About You Slap Bracelet Valentines Sharing these fun “Wild About You” Valentines today! sm wild valentine 5 I found these adorable Animal Patterned Slap bracelets on Oriental Trading.  (They are fuzzy too) and thought they would make a fun “non candy” valentine for my daughter to give her class on Valentine’s day. sm wild valentine 4 Made a cute “Wild” about you printable using zebra font.  These are so fun! sm wild valentine 2 After printing the sheet of 4 valentines, using a razor blade, cut a strip opening under the word “To” and another strip under the word “From.”  This will allow you to wrap up the slap bracelet in a circle and tie it through the valentine card.  Super simple.  For ease, have your child write their names before adding the bracelets to the openings. sm wild valentine 1 Download:

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#1 Fan Valentine Foam Fingers These Foam Fingers might be the cutest things ever.   I found them in the Target valentine section and my little one wanted to hand these out for valentine’s day. sm fan finger valentine 6 sm fan finger valentine 7 Of course we made a fun printable to go along with the mini foam fingers.  “I’m Your #1 Fan Valentine!”  You can even stick a sucker inside the foam finger to add a little treat. sm fan finger valentine 3 The foam fingers already have the cutest sayings but we thought it would be fun to add our own tag too.  You can use bakers twine to tie the tag around the finger.  These will be a hit at those class Valentine exchanges. sm fan finger valentine 1 Stay tuned for more fun Class Valentine Ideas on the Crafting Chicks this week!  We love to come up with clever ideas.  xoxo sm fan finger valentine 5 Download:

PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  All downloads and printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Download Black sm fan valentine boy

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 Each year I like to sit down and evaluate what I’ve accomplished and what I need to do better. Some people do this as a resolution, some use a Word of the Year. It hit me this past year that my girls could really benefit from setting goals and feeling a sense of accomplishment once they reached a goal. So I came up with this little printable. Helping Kids Set Goals Worksheet that is a free download for you to use with your own children.
I’m excited because this year we were able to team up with Horizon Organic, to show how easy it is to teach children to plan out goals, and especially find a way to eat healthy while doing it.
Here’s how we started!
For the first section on the printable I asked my girls, “What is 1 thing new you’d like to try this year?” We are working on eating healthier as a family, but sometimes they don’t want to try the new veggies or fruits I bring home. They decided that they wanted to try new foods. (It kinda counts as more than one new thing, but if it’s helping them eat healthier, hey I’ll go for it.)
 The second question I asked is, “What are 2 ways you can serve others?” I love incorporating service into their thoughts. So much of a child’s mind revolves around themselves. I’ve learned that as a parent, if I ask them to serve they are more than happy to and end up LOVING the resulting feelings. It’s never too young to teach them how to serve.
The third question on the sheet is, “What are 3 things I want to learn?”  We got a variety of answers from each girl. From learning to sew, to learning how to play the flute. We will see how much I can help out with those
The 4th question is, “What are 4 things I want to get better at?” I think it’s important for children to work on being better at something. Weather it’s sports, reading, writing or coloring, there is always room for improvement.
The final question to ask, “Where are 2 places you want to go?” You can keep this in reason or have them reach for the stars. Our girls settled on Disneyland and a hike we’ve wanted to try as a family.
My girls had such a fun time working on this. They even invited friends to do a sheet too. I’m having them post the goal sheets next to their beds so they can be reminded and work on their goals through out the year.

Here’s the printable for you to download a Kids Goal sheet for your children. Download Black

Remember all printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. For personal use only. Not for resale.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Happy 2016, friends! Hope your New Year has already been filled with fun, family and love. Speaking of love, if you didn’t know it, Valentine’s Day over at Shaken Together is kind of a big deal … it’s one of my favorite holidays! So, I couldn’t wait to share this Love You Beary Much Valentine’s Mason Jar Gift here with you today!

Love You Beary Much Valentine's Mason Jar Gift - fill with cinnamon bears and add a cute bear shaped tag!

I mean … seriously. Is there anything cuter than that little bear shaped gift tag?! And you know I am a sucker for something yummy stuffed in a mason jar … so this may be one of my favorite DIY Valentine’s Day gifts ever!! Here is what you’ll need to make this “beary” cute gift 😉


  • Mason Jar
  • Cinnamon Bears (I found these in the candy section at my local Target) or Gummy Bears
  • Kraft card stock
  • 1 1/2 inch Circle Punch
  • 1 3/4 inch Heart Punch
  • Adhesive
  • Alphabet Stamps
  • Ink Pad
  • Hole Punch
  • Red/White Bakers Twine

First, fill your mason jar with cinnamon bears. Since these are red, they are kind of perfect for a Valentine’s gift. But use multi-colored gummy bears if you can’t find the cinnamon bears … any bears will work :)

Love You Beary Much Valentine's Mason Jar Gift - fill with cinnamon bears and add a cute bear shaped tag!

Then, you’ll need to make the bear shaped tag. I used two paper punches – a circle and a heart. (If you don’t have paper punches, you can just cut a bear head out of the kraft card stock.) To make my tag, I layered the circle on top of the heart until just the “humps” of the heart were showing to make the bear ears! Glue the two pieces together and you have your self a bear shaped tag!

Easy Bear Shaped Tag for the Love You Beary Much Valentine's Mason Jar Gift!

Stamp the tag with the phrase “Love You Beary Much”. (Scroll down for alternate phrases to give this gift to friends and teachers!) Punch a small hole in the top of the bear tag and tie it around the jar with bakers twine.

Love You Beary Much Valentine's Mason Jar Gift - fill with cinnamon bears and add a cute bear shaped tag!

That’s it! So simple, so sweet (literally) and an easy gift for the special people in your life for Valentine’s Day! Or any day, really!

Love You Beary Much Valentine's Mason Jar Gift - fill with cinnamon bears and add a cute bear shaped tag!

If you need to adjust the phrase to gift this to a teacher or friend, here are a few more ideas:

  • For a Beary Great Teacher
  • For a Beary Special Teacher
  • For a Beary Special Friend
  • You are my Beary Best Friend
  • You are Beary Sweet
  • You are Beary Special
  • You are Beary Cute

If you like my Love You Beary Much Valentine’s Mason Jar Gift, then check out a few more of my favorite Valentine’s gifts from Shaken Together!

I Love You a Hole Lot - Donut Hole Gifts at Shaken Together

I Love You a Hole Lot Donut Hole Gifts – and don’t forget the Chocolate Dipped Donut Holes!

Valentine Lemon Drop Mason Jar Gift at Shaken Together

Pucker Up, Valentine – Lemon Drops Mason Jar Gift

Love Potion No 9 Red Hots Gift at Shaken Together

Love Potion No. 9 Red Hots Gift – watch out … may cause xo xo!

sm snowman gift header Sharing a fun Snowman Gift idea with a Free Printable Snowman Gift tag.

We get a lot of snow in January!  I found the cutest Snowman Kit at Target.  We made it into a fun Winter Gift idea for family or friends.  Just attach my free printable tag.
sm snowman gift 2 How cute are those eyes, buttons, mouths, and noses….Its like a Mr. Potato Game.  My kids and our friends are going to have a much more fun January with this kit!   sm snowman gift tag Free Printable…PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  All designs and printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Download Black

If you know someone with a January Birthday this is a great gift idea. sm snowman gift 1

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Cold and Flu Essentials Every Home Needs

Cold and Flu season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I like to be prepared for it. I honestly hope and pray we all don’t get it, but a cold is hard to miss.

Here are my tops picks for Cold and Flu Essentials Every Homes Needs.

Stuffy Noses


Vicks BabyRub

Vicks BabyRub

I loved giving my babies and toddlers massages with a little Vicks BabyRub when they were sick. It seemed to help relax and calm them for naps and bedtime.

A must have for Cold and Flu Season

Simply Saline

I LOVED these when my babies were sick. I know it seems like torture but they can breath so much better with all that gunk out of their noses.

Simply Saline Swabs

Simply Saline Swabs

These swabs do the same thing as the sprays, but don’t irritate the babies and toddlers. Win/win!

NoseFrida The Snot Sucker Nasal Aspirator

NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

Yes I know this looks disgusting but it comes highly recommended Dr’s.

DoTerra Breath

doTerra Breath

Now that my girls are a little older, I will rub a little bit of doTerra Breath on them when they are sick. It really seems to open up their airways.

Sore Throat/Cough


Zarbees Cough Medicine

Zarbee’s Natural Cough Syrup

I discovered Zarbees with my first daughter and I’m so glad I did. It uses honey and other natural ingredients to help kids feel better.


Luden’s Wild Cherry Throat Drops

I find that my kids can’t handle the really strong cough drops, but these are perfect.

Halls Breezers

Halls Breezers Cool Berry

My girls also love these Halls Breezers, Cool Berry.

Cool Mist humidifier

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

I honestly have 3 cool mist humidifiers in my home. I store them where they are easy to access because coughs come at night. My best tip for a humidifier, is to buy one that doesn’t have a filter to replace. Those get costly and honestly I don’t have time to worry about that when I’m taking care of sick kids.

Fever/Aches and Pains

Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch thermometer

Vick’s Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer

I actually went to a lecture a few years back by a fantastic Pediatrician, Meg Meeker. She raved about these behind the ear thermometers and I have to agree. My babies would never hold still for forehead scan. And forget any other type of thermometer. This one is done in seconds and shows the past temperatures so you can see if the fever is raging or has come down.

Children's Tylenol

Children’s Tylenol

I always make sure I have this in stock.

Getting Rid of Germs!

Zarbees Elderberry Gummies

Zarbees Naturals Mighty Bee Gummy Immune Support

My girls love to take these tummies. They each have a burst of Elderberry, Vitamin C and Zinc help support the immune system.

Clorox Wipes

Clorox Wipes

Any kind of wipe that will kill germs is good by me. I wipe down all the areas that get touched that I might miss on a regular clean. Make sure door knobs, light switches, phones, and remotes get a good cleaning.

Nature's Miracle Floor Cleaner

Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover

This came highly recommended from a friend. It removes the smell of throw-up, and any stains from it, in minutes. This is a definite “must-have-on-hand” item!

So did I catch it all? What would you add to my list?

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