I used this template from the Parents website. I printed it once on a regular sheet of paper and then traced the body with the wings on black card stock and the smaller body on to white card stock.
And then I cut out 18 of each.
I glued the white part of the body to the black part of the body with the wings.
I picked out two googley eyes per penguin and glued them on. You can see some of the residual glue, but it dried clear and you couldn't even tell.
The feet are also made out of yellow paper. Cut small hearts out for the feet and glue them to the bottom of the body.
You're done with the penguin!
Now to stuff bags with the treats. I used valentines pink, red, and white M&Ms (but you could really use any candy). I bought some cute heart bags at the store and filled them with a shot glass full of M&Ms (yes a shot glass, I know this is a kid's craft but it was the easiest way to measure evenly). The bags were a little too tall so I cut them to be the right size and then tied them with pink string.
Before I attached the treats, I wrote a little valentine's message to our friends " Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Mason"
I then placed a bag of candies in the body portion of the penguin and closed the arms like the penguin was hugging the candy and sealed it with a sticker. Since I was shipping mine, I also secured them better with some extra tape on the inside but that probably wouldn't be necessary if you were just handing them out to friends in person.
I bought some plain white envelopes to send our valentine's in and sealed them with some festive washi tape. And they were off! Hopefully all of our friends liked their valentine's!
A little PSA though... these valentine's are NOT cheap to ship. So, if making them for friends, I highly suggest handing them out personally. Or, if that is not an option, use less than a shot glass full of M&Ms :)
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The photo above is all the different kinds of valentine's that we received from our friends. We LOVED getting happy mail in the mail box (instead of just bills) over the course of the past few weeks and are so excited that we could celebrate Valentine's Day with our friends near and far.
If you're interested in making any of the valentine's shown above, click the links and it will take you to all the fun valentine's that we received and teach you how you and your child can make them for your child's friends and/or classmates.