D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day cards for kids

As children only a year apart, my brother and I had our share of sibling tussles. One of the more memorable ones came around Valentine’s Day, when we were about 7 and 8 years old. I have the scar to prove it.

Mom told us not to fool around with her brand new knife, but my brother insisted on sharpening his No. 2 pencil with it in order to write out Valentines. Of course, I chastised him and a fight ensued. In his fit, he mistakenly sliced a finger on my left hand. Six stitches and many tears later, I healed and our fights have been replaced with expressions of true love and affection.

What does any of this have to do with this week’s D.I.Y. idea? Well, I’m encouraging you to help your children find a safer arts and crafts project, for one. Also, you can help your children give to a classmate or friend a valentine from the heart, rather than just buying a box of cards. All it takes is a little bit of time and creativity. Let that be the way your kids remember Valentine’s Day.

I found this idea on lighterfootstep.com:

For school use, a single piece of card will do. Pull out your favorite art supplies — crayons, paints, or whatever your child enjoys. Take a notebook-sized sheet of white card stock and fold it length and edgewise, creating a crease that divides it into four sections.

Then leave it to your kid’s creativity. Have them draw, letter, and decorate a design in each of the sections. Once you’ve got four little masterpieces, set the card template aside to dry. You could scan and print it on your home computer using recycled paper stock. Or take it to your local copy store and save the wear and tear on your printer. Cut the copies into sections, and they’re ready to be filled out and signed.

No, there is nothing fancy about this idea. I’m sure your kids will enjoy it, though.

Do you make Valentine’s with your children? What are their favorite ideas?

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3 comments Add your comment

You ain't frum round here R ye?

January 27th, 2010
9:25 am

One of my fondest memories from the little country grammer school I attended as a child was exchanging valentines. We decorated our brown paper bags to collect the cards given by other students. Many of the store bought cards were similar and usually fairly predictable. The valentines that I enjoyed most were the ones that were home made. I always appreciated the fact that someone cared enough for me to take time to custom make me a card. The cards held a piece of the makers personality and typically decorated with crayons and sometimes glitter. I would keep some of them in my secret place for many years.

Becky

January 27th, 2010
10:15 am

I can’t wait to try this with my two little ones..The girl will really be thrilled with doing this, as she says that she is an artist..

Anna

January 28th, 2010
9:06 am

Great ideas! Here is one you may like. TickleMe Plant

I simply throw in a packet of TickleMe Plant seeds with each Valentines Day Card I mail out. Most people are very surprised they can grow a plant that moves when you tickle it from seeds. The leave rapidly close and even the branches MOVE when tickled. I got the birthday party special so the seed packets were very inexpensive and its the same price as mailing the card itself! I found it on line
at http://www.ticklemeplant.com