Valentine’s Day is known for one thing: chocolate. Okay, okay, there’s also love and friendship and all that, but our kids come home from school with one thing–a hand-made Valentine holder filled with cute little cards and sugary candy. It’s tempting to just jump on that bandwagon and give your kids tiny boxes filled with chocolate creams. Or… you could make them these!
Valentine’s Day Fruit Lovebugs!
Kids love fruit, and they love bugs. There’s no better mix!
Here’s what you’ll need to make Valentine’s Day Fruit Lovebugs:
● Paring Knife
● Blackberries OR Blueberries (I used both)
● Candy Eyes (available at most grocery stores)
● Black Frosting (I used a decorating tube to make things easy)
First, remove the leaves from your strawberries and cut them in half. Using your paring knife, cut the top of the strawberry halves to look like hearts.
Next, use your knife to cut slits in the back of the strawberries. This gives them their “wings!”
With that done, cut a toothpick in half and attach either a blueberry or a blackberry to the rounded part of the heart. I used blackberries for larger strawberries and blueberries for smaller ones.
Now comes the fun part. Take your frosting and stick eyes onto the sides or the fronts of the blueberries and blackberries. These are bugs, so go crazy! Add an extra eye, or make the eyes look off in different direction. It’s really up to you.
And for the final touch, put little frosting spots on your little bugs’ wings.
Viola! Healthy lovebugs! These guys are perfect on their own or thrown on top of heart-shaped pancakes in the morning. Experiment with them, or let your little ones help out!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
About The Author of Valentine’s Day Fruit Lovebugs
Deb, mother of five and foster for dozens of children, including those with special needs, is the creative force behind CreativeKrate. With a background in nursing and early child development, kids and all things kid-like are her life.