Kids Frugal Fun-Popcorn Hearts

 

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal.  January 19th is National Popcorn Day and with Valentine’s Day less than a month away, this craft is a delicious and fun way to celebrate both! If you’ve missed past crafts, you can view them under my Kids Frugal Fun page.

Popcorn Valentine’s Day Hearts

Materials/Ingredients:
2 Bags of Microwave Popcorn
3.5 Tablespoons Butter
1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
(1) 3 oz Strawberry Jello
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter (or knife)

Directions:


1.  Pop both bags of popcorn and set aside.
2.  Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan.
3.  Add entire package of marshmallow and melt, stirring frequently.

4.  Remove from the heat and add 1/2 of the package of jello powder and stir.

5.  Add 1 and 1/2 bags of the popped popcorn to the melted marshmallows and mix well.
6.  Spread out on wax paper and cut or form heart shapes.

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Educational Activities:

    • Reading:  1.  Cut out popcorn shapes from yellow paper and label them with letters or sight words and have your child identify the words as they “pop” out of a bag or bowl.  2.  Have a letter “P” Day.  Read books with P words, make popcorn, cut out P words from magazines, glue the leftover popcorn on a paper cutout of the letter P.  3. Read the awesome book The Popcorn Bookby Tomie DePaola and create the recipes inside. 4. Review compound words with your child.  Popcorn is a compound word (1 word made out of 2).  Create a list of other compound words with your child.
    • Math:  1.  Practice estimation by having your child guess how many kernels will pop in each bag and then count after they have popped!  2.  Practice addition and subtraction problems by using the popped popcorn as “counters”.
    • Science:  Use popcorn to review the 5 senses.  Using magazines or pictures from the computer, cut and glue pictures of a mouth, an ear, an eye, hands, and a nose.  Cut out or write words to describe the popcorn as your child hears and sees it pop, and then words to describe how it feels and tastes.
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