One of my goals this year was to be diligent about sending something through the mail to our grandparents (great-grandparents to our kiddos) every month.
Something hand-made by the kids, or photos…or in a best case scenario, BOTH! (<— I did not accomplish the “both” in January but did manage to send off some cute snowmen assembled by the kids on January 30th so I’m giving myself a star for the month of January – even though they were not likely received before the month ended – and trying to re-group with February).
Since my kids aren’t yet in school I’m opting for homemade Valentine’s to be the “handmade” for our monthly mailing and if I can get my act together, I’ll get some pictures printed and picked up early next week.
Homemade Valentine’s really have endless possibilities, which is good as it’s likely to be an every year activity.
I opted for a fairly simple project so that my kids can pretty well run solo ….and I’ll say a prayer that we’ll keep the glue situation somewhat under control.
Here’s what I have lined up for them:
Valentine Card Materials (affiliate links included for ease of ordering) :
1. Cardstock cards and envelopes
3. Glitter hearts
**As always, search your supplies first to see what you may have on hand that you can use for these projects…that’s why we stockpile all that crap, right?
**I like to use egg cartons for the glue…that way my kids don’t have run of a full bottle of liquid glue *cringe at that thought*. Q-tips allow them to dip into the glue and spread it on the hearts and when we are all done I can simply throw the whole mess away!
**I also like to hit up the dollar store for supplies for projects like this. That’s where the hearts came from – but in case you don’t have a dollar store near you (or won’t have time to make a run over there) I included a link for something similar. If I’m honest, the product linked is cuter than what we are using and I’m moderately jealous.
Valentine Card Instructions:
There’s not a lot to instruct here – I just gave my kiddos the materials and turned them loose.
Their creations are a bit chaotic. Representative of them. And I think that’s what parents, grandparents and great-grandparents enjoy about them anyway.
In keeping with our opportunity to speak Bibilical Truth into our kids about LOVE so that Valentine’s Day doesn’t become a day to define their worth as they age (if I’ve totally lost you, read more about this concept in THIS POST), we started our activity with reading this sweet children’s book that highlights how love in our heart translates to being kind and generous in action:
And we accompanied the activity with this Bible verse:
Dear Children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.1 John 3:18 (NLT)
And, finally, if you’re on the hunt for a meal idea that can be prepped ahead of time and give you opportunity to sit down and take in all the creation bliss….This Simple Chicken and Noodle Casserole is exactly what you are looking for!
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