Holiday treats for the boys classmates generally become a bigger production than I would like. I just can’t help it…I always have the urge to make something crafty. With 30 students in my son’s kindergarten class, I wanted to make something crafty, but easy and quick.
In assembly line fashion with a 5-year-old and 2-year-old helping me, we made 30 of these in under an hour. I bet I could have finished them in 30 minutes by myself, without helping a 2-year-old count and keeping him from eating all the chocolate :) To make it easier for the boys, I pre-sorted all the hugs and kisses into bowls by color.
I have seen a few versions of Valentine’s tic-tac-toe with smaller candies, but I got obsessed with using hugs and kisses. I thought up the “XOXO, Tic-Tac-Toe” and I was hooked. For extra cuteness, we signed the Valentine’s “with hugs and kisses, José”.
I quickly created the design for the paper insert and sized it to fit inside sandwich bags. I was only able to print 2 per page. I kept it simple with all black, so I could print them all off on my laser printer. I trimmed them down to fit into the bags.
The boys helped count out 5 kisses and 5 hugs for each bag. Players can play XOXO Tic-Tac-Toe as many times as they like, until they succumb to eating the candy.
To top off the bags and add a little Valentines color, we used washi tape. I wrapped the tape around the top of the sandwich bags to cover up the tell-tale double zippers.
We made 30 Valentines for under $15. The only thing I had to buy was 5 bags of hugs and kisses, of which we ate many while working :) I had the sandwich bags, printer paper, and washi tape on hand.
My son is now counting down the days until he gets to hand these all out to his friends!!!
Still need to make your own Valentines? Click here to download the XOXO Tic-Tac-Toe inserts! Just sign your child’s name after “with hugs and kisses”.