Remember last week’s elaborate window display?
During our 36 hour/36 inches of snow blizzard, the kids finally were bored enough to spend 90 seconds peeling the hearts from the plastic sheets and decorating the windows.
I was not entirely looking forward to helping Ryan write out his 24 class Valentines. I know I do lots of creative activities with my kids, but I also read blogs where adorable children hand paint adorable clay hearts for each of their classmates. Those are not my kids. Mine run out of steam after one or two (of anything) and I (ever the patient one) would end up with unpainted clay hearts and paint on the kitchen table for weeks.
Miraculously, Ryan’s kindergarten discussion must have sparked his interest in the holiday (we didn’t celebrate in preschool). Armed with his teacher’s instructions and class list, Ryan was excited to create something fun for his friends and teachers. After scrolling through some ideas online and in magazines, we settled on an airplane constructed out of candy. Irresistible to my six year old.
The original inspiration used a piece of gum for the wings. Ryan fancies himself the only six year old who chews gum, so he scored Airheads candy for his friends, along with Smarties (the body of the plane), Lifesavers (the wheels) and Silly Bands (the glue).
We wrapped the wings in paper stamped “AIR MAIL” which would have made perfect homemade class Valentine’s note. Except if you are six and your Nana already bought you a package of store-bought robot Valentines. Then, you attach the redundant note, like this.
P.S NANA, I KNOW YOU MEANT WELL. RYAN REALLY LOVED ADDING THE ROBOT CARDS AND WE ARE SO LUCKY YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HIS CLASS VALENTINES. THAT IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEM LOOKING PERFECT.
What a fine looking fleet of planes (and it only took a few sessions and a few days of all the candy and crafts on the kitchen table)!
Airplane Valentines Construction Instructions
1. Thread a rubber band through the holes of two Livesavers, then insert a roll of Smartie between them, resting across the rubber band.
2. Add the wings (gum, airhead or mini-fruit roll up) by placing them perpendicular to the Smarties and stretch the rubber band over each side of the wings.
Ryan could handle the construction on his own, until we decided to keep the Lifesavers wrapped for his friends. Then, he “stabbed” holes in the plastic wrap for each Lifesaver, I threaded the rubber band through the holes and we constructed the rest of the plane together.