Rock Candy

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Rock Candy
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

A box of conversation hearts and two mini peanut butter cups in disguise hit all the right notes for a tune-loving babysitter or pal. The idea comes from Grand Island, Nebraska, mom Lisa Toner, whose daughters, Anna, 14, and Maria, 10, wanted a new way to tell friends, "You rock." "Valentines can seem babyish to older kids," explains Lisa. "They really need something cool."

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What you'll need

  • Tape
  • 2 (14-inch) pieces of string
  • 2 mini peanut butter cups
  • 1 (1-ounce) box of conversation hearts
  • 2 (4-inch) circles of aluminum foil
  • 4- by 7-inch strip of pink paper
  • Glue stick
  • Sheet of white printer paper or printable scroll wheel and playlist

How to make it

  1. Rock Candy - Step 1

    Tape each end of a piece of string to a peanut butter cup. Tie on the other piece of string as shown, then tape the loose end to the candy box.

  2. Wrap each peanut butter cup in a circle of aluminum foil.

  3. Wrap the pink paper strip around the candy box and secure it with a glue stick.

  4. Cut paper shapes and write text for the scroll wheel and playlist (or download and print ours), and use a glue stick to attach them to the box. Write a valentine message on the back of the box.

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