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Candy-Fish Valentines

Turn tail on store-bought valentines this year and let the kids make their own sweet versions.

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This craft can even be a family project, with everyone thinking of funny verses and laughing around the table.
Candy-Fish Valentines

Little hands develop dexterity and strength wrapping candies in tissue paper, tying, gluing, writing—the more it’s done, the easier it gets. Just be prepared: a few sweets may be eaten in the process!

What You’ll Need
  • Wrapped candies
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Wiggle eyes*
  • Blue cardstock
  • Glue

*These can be a choking hazard, so close supervision is needed.

What to Do
  1. For each valentine, place a wrapped candy in the center of a square piece of tissue paper. Bring up the corners. Tie the paper closed with ribbon.
  2. Trim the ends of the tissue paper to make a tail. Add a wiggle eye. Use a marker to draw a mouth.
  3. Cut a fishbowl or an ocean wave from blue cardstock. Glue on the fish. Write a message.   
Extend the Fun

For younger kids: Try this small-fry version: Wrap each candy in a square of tissue paper and twist the ends together to make a fish tail—no tying involved. Draw a fish eye and a smile. Tuck each candy fish in a snack-size sandwich bag “fishbowl” and add a few goldfish crackers for company. Hand them out to your friends.

For older kids: Celebrate everyday occasions (birthdays and other holidays—Mother’s Day and Father’s Day too) with the same wrapped-candy technique, and think up messages that follow the fish theme: “I’d swim an ocean to wish you happy birthday,” or “Nothing fishy about it. You’re the greatest dad.” Or write a riddle or something “punny” (“Let’s shell-ebrate”).

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