Saturday, January 29, 2011

Candy Airplane Valentine Craft - "Love, Ruby Valentine" by Laurie Friedman

While looking for cute Valentine's Day ideas I came across directions for a candy airplane valentine on the Family Fun website. I remember making similar airplanes when I was a kid and, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe that I first learned to make them in Girl Scouts.

The candy airplanes are made out of a roll of Smarties, a couple sticks of gum, and two Life-Saver candies for the wheels. A rubber band holds all the pieces of candy together to form an airplane. (Visit Family Fun for instructions on how to assemble.)

I created and printed a special heart Valentine themed gum wrapper cover like the one shown on the Family Fun site to add to our airplanes (click on the image to see the jpg and print). I think the decorated wrapper helps the airplane look prettier for Valentine's Day. The airplane is a little tricky to assemble and is probably a project suited more for older kids, but my kids enjoyed watching me make them and they really, really had a blast playing with them! I think I'll make a few more so my son can give them to his friends for Valentine's Day.

Some of the variations of this craft show it with a little message on a banner attached to the back of the plane. Here are a few cute Valentine airplane themed sayings:
It's plane to see - I want you for my Valentine.
Up, up and away! Happy Valentine's Day!
Above all, I want you for My Valentine.
You're just plane cool!
Have a high flying Valentine's Day!
Love is in the air!
Valentine, my heart soars for you!
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We started reading several Valentine's Day books last week. One of my daughter's favorite books from library included an illustration of the main character in an airplane spreading Valentine cheer. How fun is that?

Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie Friedman, illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath. Carolrhoda Books (June 2006); ISBN 978-1575058993; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from our local library

"Deep in the heart of Heartland,
in a house of oak and pine,
with her feathered friend named Lovebird,
lived Ruby Valentine."

Ruby Valentine spends her time counting down to Valentine's Day by making Valentines (along with some help from her pet bird, Lovebird). Cards, cookies and treats -- Ruby Valentine is the queen of Valentine's Day. She loves to spread Valentine's Day cheer by bringing Valentines to the people in a nearby town. Exhausted from all her hard work, she falls asleep and misses Valentine's Day. Lovebird helps her realize that she doesn't have to wait for the next Valentine's Day to share the love.

This book has a very sweet message that I think all kids and parents need to remember: "Saying, `I love you!' doesn't have to wait 'til Valentine's, any day will do." The story, told in rhyme, is extraordinarily cute, and the cheerful illustrations will make you want to get out your crafting supplies, create a wagon-load of valentines and throw them from an airplane, just like Ruby Valentine.

Related links:
Ruby Valentine Create Your Own Valentine Card [pdf]
Lynne Avril Cravath - Illustrator Website
Laurie Friedman Blog

Do you know of any other Valentine picture books that show an illustration of an airplane? We ran across another cute one today with an airplane - The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson, illustrated by Tricia Tusa.

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Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

What a sweet idea for an airplane. I suppose one could use a fruit roll (the one that is rectangular) instead of a gum for a somewhat healthier version. The book looks interesting too. I have to dig Valentine books out this weekend.

Zoe said...

Very cute aeroplane! Valentines are not nearly so big over here in the UK (for example kids definitely don't give them to their classmates), but I'd be thrilled if I received one of these.

Shelly B said...

So cute! If I was still in the classroom, this would definitely something I'd do with or for my kiddos, depending on their age. I have been thinking about looking for Valentine books to review this week; thanks for giving me a kickstart!

Colleen said...

Adorable airplane!!! Are you sending them to school? I always attach toothbrushes to the boys valentines (which Arielle says is certain to get them beat up on the playground at some point, LOL!)

Anonymous said...

That airplane is sooo cute! I love it! I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to start making some of the cute crafts that you post on here :)