Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Planning a Valentine's Day party or Party? This is a fantastic activity for all ages. Watch imaginations whirl! Simple. Fun. Creative. 14 Gumdrops needed

In Sweden, Valentine's Day isn't celebrated the same way we do in the US. It's more about adult romantic love than children's card exchange. I like our children to have the best of both worlds, so every year since they began pre-school, I've gone to the kid's classrooms or pre-schools to throw a little Valentine's Day party for the classes. It's such a fun cultural exchange and the kids really appreciate it. We make Valentine's Day mailboxes and Valentine's Cards together. This gumdrop activity is something I will be taking in to their classes this year.

SUPPLIES: Gumdrops and Toothpicks. Separate these into groups of 14.
Make little "gumdrop kits" which will include: 14 gumdrops, 14 toothpicks.

Each child will receive a "gumdrop kit" which is made up of: 14 gumdrops, 14 toothpicks. Once everyone has their kit, instruct the group to build "whatever they want" but, remind them that they are restricted to these 14 gumdrops and 14 toothpicks. Our Valentine's gang was so enthusiastic, I couldn't show all of our examples and recommend having a second and third "gum drop kit," prepared for each in your group so that they can make more than one. Can you see, bottom center, that this is a swing that truly swings.
Gumdrop pyramid: Have you ever built a gumdrop pyramid, like one shown on the second row and on the bottom, left corner? My daughter picked this up from an ultra, creative, and talented, friend, FJ, who had visited the Stockholm Architect Museum and had seen it there! I was so happy when our daughter came home from their house with this cool creation! I 'll share a how-to for this, in a post later. If you already know this pyramid technique, then, once the kids have finished their "14 GUMDROP PROJECT," get out more gumdrops and see how high they can build a gumdrop pyramid. Aren't they beautiful?

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  1. Lovely. We have done this with marshmallows but this idea is sweeter.

  2. I just love this blog!

    My kids went crazy when I showed them the Valentines Day activity with Gumdrops! They want to give Valentine gum drops to their whole class. Thanks Willowday for this fantastic activity!

    Michele in Nacka!

  3. Great for a multitude of ages! I host a weekly meme called Thematic Thursday. Each week has a theme and this would be perfect for this week's Valentine's theme.

  4. Wow -such a great grouping of valentine activities. I must try some of them. Your blog is gorgeous. Thanks for visiting our blog and enjoying Peelu's "Wood" you be mine necklaces. And yes, please feel free to link back to them. Have a great "Love Day".

    1. How did I miss this!... hello from the future! :-) Wishing you a wonderful, wonderful Valentine's Day in --- 2014!

  5. I love the gum drop activity~ In fact, I am room mom in my daughter's first grade class and our party is tomorrow, I'm doing this!! So fun! Keep up the great work!!
    Your friend,

    1. Kasey, it's just so nice to hear from you! Oh, this is just perfect for an occasion like this and for that age. I wish you a wonderful, wonderful day -- so glad that we met in 2014!


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