Monday, January 24, 2011

Be My Valentine

With Christmas over, we have turned our attention around here to Valentine's Day. This year, Maggie's five-year-old Jack decided he wanted to make valentines to give to each of his classmates instead of buying them like we normally would. Knowing how short a kindergartner's attention span can be, we decided to start early and to find a simple idea. We were inspired by this idea, but added some touches to make it our own!

What You Need:
  • Clean kitchen sponge
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper or card stock
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
First, Cut your sponge into the shape of a heart.

Then using your paintbrush, cover one side of your sponge heart with paint.

Press your sponge paint side down onto your paper (you might want to do a few practice ones first before starting your cards).

Carefully lift it up and admire the beautiful heart! Then let it dry.

Once it is dry, you can add a valentine greeting! Jack wrote "XOXO", "Valentine", and "Be Mine", but you can be as creative as you'd like.

Don't forget to flip it over and let your recipients know who this beautiful card is from!

We then punched two side-by-side holes at the top of our cards and tied a festive ribbon! And we now have fun and festive homemade valentines to give to Jack's class next month!

If you do decide to make these with your little ones, make sure you get a head start and plan on making these well in advance. We've found that although our kids may be excited at first, their attention wanes after the first few. We just did a few each day so as not to make it seem like a huge chore. Enjoy!
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  1. How Cute!! And those are so much nicer than the cheap little cards that come in a pack from Walmart! Good job Jack!! :-)

  2. I love this idea! Super cute and what a great activity. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  3. I love that the kids can help make these! Great idea!