Valentine Advent Calendar {Activity Day Idea}

valentine advent calendar

This week I posted a photo on instagram of a project I was getting ready to work on with a group of girls from church.  I got lots of requests for more info on what we were doing so I have decided to share it today on the blog.

Valentine

You see, I have a new calling or job at church.  As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints we all have a “job” or a “calling.”  We have a totally lay ministry which means no one is paid to do anything.  We are all volunteers.  I was recently given a new calling – that of Activity Day Leader.  As far as I am concerned this is the best calling in the church.  I get to play with the 8-11 year old girls twice a month.  How fun is that!

Even though most of you aren’t Activity Day Leaders, you may want to try out some of the things we do with your kids, with your Brownie Troop, home school group or your grandkids so I will periodically (about twice a month) be sharing what we have been doing!

For our activity last week we made a Valentine Advent Calendar.  In each heart pocket there is an act of love for them to do each of the 14 days prior to Valentine’s Day.

I needed a project that was fairly inexpensive (ended up being about $2.50 a girl) and was easy enough for them to complete in less than an hour.

I purchased heart shape doilies from the Dollar Store along with ribbon.  Each banner has 14 hearts so requires 28 heart doilies.  We also used about 2 1/2 yards of ribbon per banner.

ValentineI found the idea on Tip Junkie where the idea originally had you sewing the hearts together.  It looks prettier that way but we just didn’t have time for that so we used a stapler.  I had each girl bring a stapler from home.  They put a staple at the bottom and then 3 on each side, leaving the top open to form a pocket. The hardest part of the project was pulling the doilies apart.  They are very thin and it’s easy to get 2 or 3 instead of one.  I did this ahead of time and then placed two doilies back to back so they were ready for the girls to staple.  I even prestapled a few in each girl’s pile because I was afraid we wouldn’t have enough time.

Valentine Advent Calendar

I had cut out vinyl numbers on my Silhouette Cameo that they put on each pocket.  You could also use stickers or just hand write the numbers on the hearts.

Valentine

We then or rather I hot glued the pockets onto a piece of ribbon.  This is the trickiest part of the whole thing and even though I used a cool glue gun I didn’t want to risk the girls burning themselves or anything.  We placed the heart pockets down the 2 1/2 yds of ribbon, overlapping them slightly so it wasn’t quite so long.

ValentineThey were then hot glued to the ribbon.  After placing them on the ribbon, you need to open up the pocket as the glue comes through the holes in the doily and you don’t want your pocket to be glued shut!  This is the tricky part and the part where you end up with hot glue all over your fingers so a cool hot glue gun is definitely recommended!

Valentine

Valentine

I photo copied the hearts that go inside of the pockets with the little acts of service they are to do each day leading up to Valentine’s Day.  The original was in color but I copied them in black and white for the girls since there were 3 sheets and I wanted to save a little money.  The example though is in color (it was prettier that way!) You can print off copies over at Tip Junkie.

Valentine

Valentine

They were then ready for the girls to take home and hang up!

ValentineIf any of you out there are Activity Day Leaders I’d love to hear about some of your favorite activities!

 Enjoy!
Leigh Anne

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Comments

  1. 1

    Oh, we’ve done lots of fun things! Origami, kickboxing, a Miss Manners Tea Party (Mom/daughter), toured the library, made flower pins, learned to sew a button, gratitude journals, learn to lead music (with a pixie stix for a baton), learned about the origins of the girls’ names, cleaned the nursery toys, friendship picnic, friendship movie night, volleyball, swim party.

    One of my favorites was a Black and White Ball we had as a Dad/Daughter activity. We found a couple to come teach the girls/dads to dance! We asked everyone to come in black/white and decorated with tissue poms made from newspaper. For treats we served Oreos & milk. :D The dads actually loved it! I posted on your FB that this week I’m teaching jump rope which should be interesting. LOL

  2. 2
    Ruth says:

    I am so excited that you are going to post your activities that you will be doing with the girls at church! I am not in Activity Days, but it will be fun to get some ideas for crafts to do with my kids!
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    Katie says:

    Which Dollar store did you get the doillies? Was it the Dollar Tree? I am the Activities Day assistant and would love to do this with the girls.

  4. 4

    This is such a great idea!
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    Vicki says:

    Thanks for the great idea. I just received the same calling about two weeks ago !

  6. 6

    What a fun and cute craft! I think I am going to get the gals at work to try this! Thanks so much for Linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!
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  7. 7

    I love the idea of counting down to the holiday. What a great idea for the kids!
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    Shirley says:

    I am doing this craft on Monday for Activity Days….but I went over to Tip Junkie and I can not seem to get the inserts to print. It continues to just print all of the directions. Any suggestions?

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