I feel as though we live in a “Fast Food” society. One in which, the faster we can be done with something, the faster we can move on to the next task. Very few people take joy in the little things anymore. I can’t stand on a pedestal here, as I am just as guilty as the next person, BUT I am working on changing this trait. I want to instill a sense of calmness and appreciation in my children (and myself) that is rooted to their being, not just something they sometimes think about. I want my children to always know that a handmade gift is better than store bought, that a letter sent snail mail is more fun than an e-mail or text message, and that a made by hand valentine is full of more love than anything bought in a store.
Granted, time seems to fall out beneath me most days, and each year I find myself allowing the kids to pick a box of cards off the shelf. But not this year. I am changing this horrible rushed habit. I feel as though it teaches everyone that handing cards out is just another chore, something that has to happen. When in all truth, Valentine’s Day is meant to celebrate the love of friendships, relationships, and families. Big gifts are not needed, but a cut-out heart? Why yes, I do believe that will hit a homerun.
I’m going to share with you the fun craft-inspired valentine my kids are making this year, and then I’ll follow with 13 other ideas you can help your kids with!
Before starting, make sure you know how many valentines you will need. We homeschool, so we only need enough for Scarlett’s little coop class, a few cards for teachers and speech therapists for Emmett, and maybe a few extra to handout to neighborhood friends. Actually, we may some to mail to family too! (But, let’s not get to carried away! Ha!)
Here's a version of what we are making this year: (Amazon Prime is delivering the supplies this week!) Foam hearts, hole punched, string, and beads! A simple activity that my designer daughter is stoked to make. At age 6, a necklace is so much more fun than a card! We also purchased glitter glue pens to add some sparkle to our necklaces.
Not into Heart Necklaces? Try one of these great ideas:
Toddler Valentine Noodle Necklace
Try to spend an entire afternoon working on cards with your kid(s). Shut off the phone, turn on the music, and make some Valentine Memories.