You can order colored bread from the baker at your local store. Yes pink or red or both. Then use the cookie cutters that are heart shaped that are open. Fill your sandwich with peanut butter and jelly but sure to not in case a student is allergic to peanut butter then cut out the shape (heart or whatever Valentine cookie cutter). They make up cute sandwiches. I’ve done this for Valentine’s and the kids just love it. Some bakeries will cut the crust off if you ask.
Valentine Cookie Graham
You need: a Graham cracker pink frosting (put red food coloring into white frosting) Alpha-Bits cereal small candy hearts
Directions: 1- Frost Graham cracker with pink frosting. 2- “Write” your message (I Love You or your name, etc.) using the Alpha Bits and placing them on the middle of the frosted cracker. 3- Decorate the border with candy hearts. Enjoy!
For our Christmas party, we let our three-year-old preschooler put the icing on cookies and decorate with sprinkles. For Valentines Day we wanted to use the leftovers and the kids had been asking for sprinkles, but we didn’t want to repeat the cookies, so we decorated Jell-O jigglers with cool whip and sprinkles.
Our children are bombarded with candy/sweets at Valentine’s Day. I began to make this special lunch as a way to “sneak in” something healthy. Purchase frozen bread dough. Unthaw and place in a heart-shaped cake pan. You may need to stretch the dough to fill the pan. Bake according to directions. After it is cool, slice it to create a sandwich. Let your children decide on what type of sandwich they wish to create. Some suggestions: ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, turkey, mustard, mayo, etc. Serve this heart-shaped sandwich with red fruit (apples, strawberries, raspberries, etc.), red/pink fruit juice. Our children really enjoy making this bread and deciding which fillings to use.
You do a real cake in a heart pan. Then you decorate the top by using little candy containers (like you find in a box of chocolate) you can purchase these at your party stores. Then put the candy container (wrappers on top of the frosted cake and add candy to each spot.) Looks like a box of candies when done.
We combine cooking, learning about the color pink (red + white), our shape of the month (the heart) and Valentine’s day into one delicious activity. Prepare pancake mix, the kind that only needs water, the kids can help mix. Have each child squeeze some batter up into the turkey baster. The teacher then squirts the batter into the shape of a heart. Make enough for each child to have two. Then pass around a bowl full of “Cool Whip” and allow each child to place a spoonful on each pancake. Follow this with a bowl of sliced strawberries in juice. The berries and cool whip make beautiful pink valentine’s hearts and some fine motor exercise as well.
Coat bottom of a bundt pan with non-stick spray, sprinkle candy hearts all over the bottom of bundt pan. Follow recipe for mixing Rice Krispy Treats, except add a little red food coloring to butter mixture to make it pink and mix and press into bundt pan. Flip out and you have a beautiful wreath with hearts on it.
Introduce a friendship theme to coincide with Valentine’s Day. We make Friendship Salad (It’s really ambrosia): Fruit Cocktail Marshmallows Coconut (optional) Let the kids help you pour the ingredients into a large bowl. Pass the bowl around and let everyone have a turn to stir it. The kids love this activity! It makes them feel as if they have really made something with their friends and it’s delicious!
Follow directions on the box to make Rice Krispies Treats. Press the completed mixture in a funnel. Remove from the funnel and wrap with colored Saran Wrap! Attach a strip to the top of the “kiss” with Valentine’s phrase of the child’s choice. These make cute gifts for parents.
Valentine Fruit Pie
For a quick treat, I take a graham cracker crust, empty 1 can of strawberry pie filling in it. Top with Cool Whip. Use the little conversation heart to decorate the top. Set in the refrigerator about 2 hours. Presto, a Valentine Pie (my 2-year-old Loves this and enjoys putting the candies on top, I have her count them as she places them to help her counting skills, I did this with my nieces and nephews when they were young too and now they do it with their children)
I like to make a heart shaped cookie Pizza for Valentine’s day. I use the slice and bake sugar cookie dough. I slice the cookie dough about 1/4″ thick and place on cookie sheet to form a heart. I press the edges together until it is one big heart shaped cookie pizza. I bake until golden brown, not too long, 15-20 min. Cool and frost with buttercream frosting tinted pink. Decorate with Valentine candy, M & M’s, conversation hearts, etc. This is a big hit! I deliver this to school in new Pizza boxes that I purchase for $1.00. Great for all ages!