Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.
Valentine’s Day means Valentine’s parties. Valentine’s parties are often filled with all sorts of candy, desserts and delights. Now, anyone who knows me knows I’m not opposed to those things. However, I do like to offer some healthier options. That is why I gave you the idea for the heart pita chips. I also gave you some healthier ideas on my fun with Valentine food day. This healthier item involves juice boxes. We do need to limit our children’s juice intake because fruit drinks can hide a lot of sugar. I try to buy fruit drinks that say 100% juice and no sugar added. These juice boxes are what we will be contributing to the class party at school. Other healthy ideas include the pita chips (as mentioned), sandwiches cut into heart shapes, cheese cut into heart shapes, strawberry heart skewers, watermelon cut into hearts shapes, etc. I’m sure you can come up with many more ideas. Again, I am not opposed to a cupcakes, cookies or bit of candy. However, when every mom in the class is bringing something sweet, it’s nice to have other options.
Where did the idea stem from? I was at Party City looking through their Valentine stuff. Nothing was inspiring me. If it was inspiring a creative Valentine idea, it seemed way too expensive…until I saw the straws. I thought they were reasonably priced and figured there was something creative I could come up with involving them. So, I purchased enough for her class. The juice box idea came as I was driving home. I figured I could wrap the boxes in Valentine friendly paper and add hearts on the front with Valentine friendly phrases relating to juice, and there you have it. An idea was born. The four phrases I used were “You’re Sweet,” “You Pack a Punch” (I used fruit punch juice boxes), “Squeeze Me” and “Love Potion.” I made a printable for you to make replication easy.
This project took a tad bit of mommy prep. I printed and cut out the hearts. Older kids could help with this. I also used a cutter to cut out my paper. I picked out the paper from a craft store. For these juice boxes, I cut the paper just under 4.25″ by a solid 8″. You can measure your boxes for height and add all the sides together for length. Back to geometry we go.
After all the paper and hearts were cut out, the girls were able to help. Let the mass production begin.
We used glue dots and tape to put it all together. In retrospect, we could have easily just used tape, and it would have been cheaper. Glue dots did make it easy, and the girls enjoyed using them. They put two glue dots on two corners of the front, set the sticky side of the juice box down in the middle of the paper, put to glue dots on one end of the paper, wrapped the paper around the juice box (making sure the glue dots land on top of the other), added the heart to the center of the box and then taped the straw to the side of the box. Abby was able to do these by herself. Kenzie and I worked as a team most of the time, although she could do some stuff independently as well.