Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Heart Matching Memory Game


A perfect gift or project -- keep them plain, add a message, use them as decorations, add a magnet to the back  --- or  (Click below for full post - photo, idea and tutorial...)
... paint with kids to make a matching, memory, game.

Sweet treats of another kind. Make this Heart-shaped Matching Game with clay --- a super Valentine's Day Craft or simply use as a decoration. This is a great project to make together, in a class or as a perfect present. Click below for full tutorial...
When it comes to the holidays, I break my regular rules and I crave super, sweet, holiday candies from my childhood, as though I have the taste buds of an elementary school kid! Candy corn at Thanksgiving, Tootsie Rolls on the 4th of July and Valentine Conversation Heart Candies for Valentine's Day. 

I returned from the US, recently with a big score: Valentine Conversation Candies and as I snuck my first hearts, I realized that I loved their look ... much more than their taste and decided that we needed to find a project that would mimic those chalky pastel colors. Clay was the perfect match. This was a project to make with our pre-school friend, Kira but, I love them so much, we have some, too that we're using as holiday decor. 
Supplies:
- Hobby Paint
- Stir Sticks
-  cups for paint and water
- Air Dry Clay
-Heart-shaped cookie cutter

How to make Heart-shaped Dominos:
Roll out the clay. Cut heart-shapes.
Let the heart-shaped clay dry. 
When the clay is completely dry, paint the heart-shapes. Let dry.

For this game, we painted the hearts only 1/2 way however, you could paint these in colors that match the original candies, as well; add messages or even adhere magnets to the backs!

Note: I wanted to share the above version that's a little rough because I, personally, like that raw look; however, if you would like these to look very smooth, just dip a finger in water after cutting out the hearts and smooth. 


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10 comments:

  1. Okay. I can't get enough of your site! I love your ideas and photos. I want to start playing.

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    1. Oh, Lulu, thank you so much for coming by and for taking the time to comment! You make my day! I hope you'll have the chance to make these and if you do, I'd love to see what you do!

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  2. So many lovely things to make, especially itching to have a go at the heart shaped pom poms : )

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    1. HI Sian, Early Valentine's Wishes to you! Oh, do! I hope you'll have teh chance. They're pretty in every color!

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  3. Wonderful, Gina! You did it again! Looking forward to next week when we finally have time to talk again ;)

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    1. Oh, you're too sweet! Thank you so much for coming by and yes, I agree! I can't wait until we have a chance to talk again, too! Happy (belated) Valentine's Day Wishes!

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  4. Wow!Hey we made these too! Some for a Valentines Bunting to hang in the classroom, as our gift to the teachers. Then, some to hang or wear for most of the girls in my youngests preschool class! They looked SOO familiar when I saw the first photo it was scary! LOL Great stuff! I wish I hadve thought of using the leftovers for Memory Game too! Maybe that's an excuse to make another batch

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    1. Thank you so much! Buntings are always so beautiful. What a great idea. I'm so glad that we have the chance to meet here -- we sound like minded! Yes, I had the idea as we were off to visit a 5 year old friend and I wanted a project that would be more than a decoration -- and the idea was born. (Once an idea hits, I go a little bananas and can now just think of the possibilities: stars for Christmas...etc!) Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I do have one question too: What type of paint is this? Do you have a recipe for homemade paints you used here? I really love the colors, they look homemade! Very beautiful again, thanks for the inspiration

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    1. Jeanine, Thank you so much for asking and I love the idea of a homemade paint but, just used a regular "hobby paint." I live in Sweden and that's actually what it's called -- a waterbased paint that one can buy in the local craft store. I have a "natural/raw" look and to achieve that had the kids blend our own colors by just using a dark lightened with white and stirred by hand. I think if you have the kids blend in this way, the inconsistency is beautiful! We also added a small amount of water so that the paint was thicker than a wash but thinner that the original paint. I hope that helps and thank you for planting the idea of homemade paints and clay! What fun!

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Thank you!