Sweets for the Sweet -- Naturally

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Sweets for the Sweet
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Cassie Caraway came up with a healthy way to express her affections. The Osceola, Nebraska, first-grader polled her classmates about their favorite fruits, then wrapped up a collection of vitamin-rich valentines -- apples, oranges, and bananas -- each with a juicy pun attached.

What you'll need

  • Apples, oranges, or bananas
  • Cellophane candy or gift bags (available at craft or party supply stores)
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • Marker
  • Hole punch

How to make it

  1. Place a piece of fruit in a cellophane bag and tie it closed with a length of ribbon.

  2. Cut a heart from the card stock and add a message. Or use our template.

  3. Punch a hole in the heart, slip it onto the ribbon, and tie a knot to keep the note in place, if needed.

    Suggested messages:
    "Orange" you glad it's Valentine's Day?
    You're the apple of my eye!
    I go bananas over you, valentine!

    Note: Banana skins can turn brown and mushy if exposed to extreme temperatures. If you think this could happen before your child gets to exchange the Valentine, we recommend giving a non-perishable love note.

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