I sat down to talk to my 3-year-old son about Valentine’s Day this weekend. I’m big on grabbing any opportunity for a celebration, and a day that celebrates love — I’m in! So I explained that Valentine’s Day is the day when you tell the people that you love that they are special to you and one way to do that is to send them a card. We then decided to create a list of people he loved — it was long! So we had a LOT of cards to make. Luckily I had a relatively easy idea up my sleeve that even a 3-year-old boy could get into for long enough to make quite a few.
The idea is to cut out hearts and butterflies from coloured paper (using the old trick of folding the paper in half first to get symmetrical shapes) and let the kids decorate in any which way they choose.
Crayons, glitter pens and stick-on-jewels were our embellishments of choice (but seriously anything works here). These will make the inside of the cards. For the outside of the card write up some typical valentine’s slogans, I used the alphabet stamps from Impress Stamps that Courtney wrote about and that I love! But this can be done on a printer or hand-written by your child if they are old enough.
Our slogans tied into the decoration inside — so “you set my heart all a flutter” has the butterfly inside and there were a few jewel and gem references.
Then stick the decorated heart or butterfly inside so the centre crease of the card matches up with that of the decoration. NB: Let the glue dry with the card open — if it is closed the decoration might move slightly and then the card might not open properly.
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• Last-minute printable Valentine’s cards
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This is so sweet!!!
Such a cute idea! I’m sooo missing my ‘arts&crafts’ cupboard at home.
Very cute — I love those stamps…
oooh! Even though my kids are attending an English school here in Madrid, we Spaniards are not so used to this Valentine thing that, still, is so sweet!
Thanks for the idea!