Kids’ Valentine’s Day Crafts and Ideas: Love is in the air. Or is that Elmer’s glue?
It is so cold here apparently children run the risk of their brains not working and so there is no school. For the second day. It’s either that or the entire school district hates me and wants me to be unhappy. This is definitely the only explanation for the upcoming farce that is “Mid-Winter Break”.
On the bright side I’ve decided we’re going to make our own valentines this year for the kid’s class Valentine’s Day parties. I’ve been in such a good mood the last few weeks, even somewhat in charge of my time, so crafting seems appealing. I searched for some ideas to show my 8-year-old so we could decide what to do with all this copious free time we have because we live in the frozen tundra and the school district has it out for me. So I thought I’d share them with you. No trademarked characters to be found.
I always start my craft search at Family Fun, we all know that. They always have a long list of inspiration. Max, “Mr. I’ll-Wear-These-Camoflauge-Pants-Every-Day-Of-My-Life, Thanks” is excited to do these. Easy, not frilly or pink and most importantly not Dora The Explorer. Max has developed an unnatural hatred for Dora which I think is a defense mechanism because he actually does like Dora. This one, a candy love bug, is in the running for my daughter, she just has to ‘think it over a little more’ before committing. I’m fond of these candies as classroom hand outs. Maddie is worried no one will know they’re from her but I think if you stuck one of these style of tags on each one with a heart sticker and a ‘From Maddie’. But I won’t push it because I don’t want to be that annoying mother. Even though I really am that annoying mother. Family Fun sent me to Wondertime where I saw this cute project, tissue paper flowers with pipe cleaner stems. This is supposed to be easy enough for preschoolers to do, but I’d like evidence to prove this. To personalize this, I’d add a green construction paper leaf to the stem so your child can sign his or her name.
Martha’s my next stop. Madison is very angry I won’t do this badge project with her, I would like to, I think it’s a fabulous idea but I don’t want to spend $25 on a button maker at this point. Maybe you are nicer than me. I am drawn to this flower/lollipop valentine. I think I’d be able to win Madison over with some pretty paper choices. If you notice, I have a theme here in our choices: simple, easy and cute.
Kiddley offers up this idea for packaging homemade treats as Valentine’s. Paper cd sleeves, stamped and tied up with rickrack ribbon and cute tags. Another idea, from my brain, where there are no pictures. Is this, which I used to do with my daughter when she was a toddler. Trace your child’s hand on a piece of card stock, press down the ring and middle fingers (don’t be a smart ass and leave the middle finger up)(unless you’re sending it to someone you don’t like) to create the sign for I Love You. Put a small heart in the palm or leave it blank for your own message. Cute and simple, like I imagine my grandchildren will be.
Still don’t want to make your valentine’s, try these robot valentine’s for download and printing at Indiefixx. Some aren’t exactly appropriate for the under 18 set, “be mine, lust object.” No. But at least four of them will work for my third grader’s class and I think my kindergartner would like at least two. (Thanks for the link Jennifer.)
If you really must buy valentine’s I urge you to go to the Paper Princess and buy these. I know they’re a little pricey for school valentine’s but maybe you want to send me a valentine and I would really appreciate these cards. I can’t be the only one.
I’ll let you know what we decide to make. Although, it’s so cold we might just have to use things we have around the house. Let’s see, maybe I can fashion some bacon into valentine’s? Kids like bacon right?