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Valentines Day will be here soon, and all kinds of crafting projects will be enjoyed by children at home, school, and early learning centers. Making a valentine for friends and family presents an opportunity for children to experiment with colors, textures, and many kinds of paper for creating a valentine. Cardboard, contact paper, and even shiny foil can be interesting choices for paper to begin creating a beautiful valentine.

An easy valentine project for young children that doesn't need glue can be a great choice when you also want easy clean-up after the project. Materials to gather for this project include clear contact paper, sequins, foam cut-outs, pretty fabric scraps, and other items of choice that will stick to the contact paper.

*Cut heart shapes from the clear contact paper. A variety of sizes of hearts can encourage children to experiment with decorating in a given space.

*Put out sequins, foam cut-outs, pretty fabric scraps, and small containers of colored glitter that can be sprinkled onto the contact paper hearts. Colored yarn and construction paper pieces are also great choices for creating a mosaic effect on the contact paper hearts.

*Use a hole puncher to punch a small hole in the tops of the decorated hearts and thread a yarn hanger onto the completed valentine. The decorated contact paper hearts can also be strung together as a necklace.

Foil is also an intriguing choice of paper for creating a valentine. Children's World in Sarasota is offering Foil Art on February 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for children to come in and create a foil holographic project. This is a fun opportunity for children to experiment with making a sparkly valentine project to keep or to give away.

Children's World is located at 4523 Bee Ridge in Sarasota. Parents may call 941-955-6999 for information about participating in Foil Art for Valentines Day. Check out the Facebook page at Facebook.com/childrensworldu to interact and see all of the foil creations after the event.

Check out the included video to see more ideas for making valentines.

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