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 Ri Wp-Content Uploads 2008 02 Love-BoxesWhether 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.

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’ preschool or kindergarten class, we have had to make 40 to 60 valentines! That’s a lot of hearts!

Here’s a roundup of previous projects I’ve done with my children:

- Make a Love Box Wp-Content Uploads 2009 01 Candy-Cane-Heart-4

- Colorful Hearts

- Make a Love Book

More crafty valentine project ideas and ways to celebrate:

- Make 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.

- Make a valentine garland from old cards, colored paper or felt, or sew one from fabric.

- Make heart suncatchers from kids craft weekly

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