Whether your children make valentines for their entire the class or a handful for their grandparents and best friend, giving (and receiving) a handmade valentine is super special no matter how big, small, simple, or detailed the heart is.
Making a large number of valentines for your child’s class can seem daunting, but choosing a project that is simple to oversee and appropriate for your child’s skill and age level can be fun and rewarding. When my boys were toddlers, I precut hearts out of paper or used heart-shaped doilies and let them paint or put stickers on each one. Now that they’re older, it’s helpful that they have a longer attention span and can sign their own cards.
If you need to make a large number of valentines for your child’s class, try to prep as much as possible or break down the task over several days to make it a little easier and less stressful. Depending on the size of my boys’ classes combined, we have had to make at times 40 to 60 valentines! That’s a lot of hearts!
Here’s a roundup of previous projects I’ve done with my children:
More crafty valentine project ideas and ways to celebrate:
• Valentine Crush Crackers from contributing writer, Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures
• Valentine scratch cards (from blossom kids)
• Candy cane hearts (from Skip to My Lou)
• Make heart-shaped potato stamps (from Colorfool) and use them to decorate paper for wrapping paper or a tablecloth or cut the paper into valentines. Heart-shaped cookie cutters also make great stencils for tracing hearts onto paper.